Women in Architecture Managing Sexism

Kathryn Findlay in 'The Eggloo' (the world's first 'cocoon room'), which she created with Nick Crosbie. Findlay died in January 2014 (The Telegraph; Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith). Image from Archinect.

Kathryn Findlay in ‘The Eggloo’ (the world’s first ‘cocoon room’), which she created with Nick Crosbie. Findlay died in January 2014 (The Telegraph; Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith). Image from Archinect.

February 11, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

In considering sustainability the advancement of women is more than a bumper sticker or slogan but a vital determinant in the changing economy and globalization.  Women remain disenfranchised and unequally paid for the same services of their male counterparts.  This inequity is realized across disciplines and sectors as huge gains are achieved in science, boardrooms and business.

This gap exist in architecture.  The acknowledgement of “Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? ‘Women, don’t be put off by the aggression of men‘” is realism to face for sustainable change.

“Only just over 20 per cent of architects are women, according to the most recent statistics, with only 14 per cent working as directors or partners of practises – and those who do enter the profession can be given a rough ride. […] According to AJ: “Two thirds of women have suffered sexual discrimination at work, an eight-point increase since the survey began in 2011.” Wow. An increase, just when you’d hope things would be getting better,” reports telegraph.co.uk.

As women enter fields and make significant headway across disciplines there is opportunity for innovation and new thinking to advance change in work over time.

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