By Sun Kim
Posting in Architecture
The results of the Women in Architecture survey, published by The Architects' Journal, shed light on the challenges female architects face.
The British Architects' Journal published results of their first Women in Architecture survey in the Women in Practice issue. The female focused issue examines gender issues and campaigns for the equal treatment of women in the profession.
About 700 women answered the survey that brought to light four main issues.
47% of the respondents believe males earn more for doing the same work
35% believe the current economic climate will result in less equal pay
One respondent noted:
The recession will have a greater impact on women – the profession finds it difficult to accommodate part-time working, a much more important issue for women with young children.
51% of the respondents said they had no difficulty resuming their career after having children
but 80% responded that having children put women at a disadvantage
The time when a designer has accumulated enough work hours to qualify for the architectural registration exam is often when many women consider starting families. And returning from maternity leave for one of few available part-time positions puts the primary child caretaker, still mostly women, at a disadvantage when seeking project management roles that require substantial working time.
63% have suffered sexual discrimination (including inappropriate comments or being treated differently because of gender) in their career
Most of the discrimination happens on the construction site and not as much within the architectural office.
Architecture as a male profession
61% believe the building industry does not accept the authority of the female architect
55% think there are not as many opportunities for women as there are for men
Ann-Marie Corvin, one of the authors of the survey and results, explains:
The ‘practical work’ and being ‘a lead architect on site’ is something that more women would like to experience, but survey responses suggest that especially for those who work part-time, this still isn’t an option. This might explain why most (55 per cent) felt that there are currently not as many opportunities for women as there are for men in architecture.
In both the United Kingdom and the United States, about 40 percent of all architecture students are female and while that 40% graduate from architecture programs and work in the profession after school, most don't stay in the profession. Only 20 percent of British registered architects are women, and in the United States, only 16 percent are women. Some of the women who leave architecture take their considerable skills to other jobs and careers that are more flexible.
The Architects' Journal survey is part of a larger campaign to raise the status of women in architecture and to stop the female brain drain. Although published for a British audience, the results of the survey point out major issues that apply to the profession globally.
Shock survey results as the AJ launches campaign to raise women architects’ status [The Architects' Journal]
Jan 15, 2012
.. if only we weren't all hamstrung by political correctness and penis-envy. I hate to be the one to state the obvious: Men are proven (repeatedly, scientifically) to be superior at spatial thinking, and disciplines that require natural affinity for strong spatial perception ability. That's not to say "men are smarter than women" or vice-versa, but men do - naturally - make better architects. That's the simple fact of the matter, whether you choose to accept it or not.
Two reasons. 1) Historically, architects were men. Even if 100% of newly registered architiecs are women, it will take years until 50% of all architects are women. 2) Maybe there just aren't enough women that want to be architects to push the percentage higher.
- - 47% of the respondents believe males earn more for doing the same work - - - - - - 35% believe the current economic climate will result in less equal pay - - - - - - 61% believe the building industry does not accept the authority of the female architect - - - - - - 55% think there are not as many opportunities for women as there are for men- - - What people believe is often not in line with reality. We have become such a victim mentality culture that people often interpert their own poor decisions / failures as being someone elses fault. A headline on this site screaming about discrimination against women with chemical engineering degrees fell apart when the referenced study was reviewed. The origional study had concluded that women with chemical engineering degrees tended to earn less than men because of the career paths chosen. Career paths encouraged to women students by the schools they attended. Not because of industry hiring practices.
Women are smarter than us, men, who are not bright enough to figure out that most of us will end up working for The Man, as free slaves.