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.
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.
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.
55% think there are not as many opportunities for women as there are for men
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.