Jeanne Gang closes gender pay gap at her architecture firm

Architect Jeanne Gang has closed the gender pay gap at her firm Studio Gang, and called for others to follow suit and “fix pay inequity now”. Gang revealed that after looking into the issue, she found that male employees in her firm were paid a small margin more than their female counterparts. The architect therefore moved to

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“Make space for families” to improve gender equality in architecture, says Billie Tsien

Architect Billie Tsien has called for better child care in the US to help more women remain in her profession, rather than have to chose between work and family. Tsien told Dezeen that maternity leave and more flexibility with working hours is essential if those with families are to progress with careers in architecture. “The

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Hardly anyone can name more than one female architect, says director of new movie about women that built New York

“Women are doing some of the most prestigious work in New York” but nobody knows who they are, according to architect and filmmaker Beverly Willis, who wants to change this with her new movie about the women who have shaped the city. Willis’ film Unknown New York: The City that Women Built premiered last week,

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Female architects host flash mob at Venice Architecture Biennale to call for gender equality

Architects Odile Decq, Farshid Moussavi and Manuelle Gautrand were part of a protest that took place in Venice today, to fight against discrimination in architecture. The flash mob took place in the Giardini, one of the two main venues for the Venice Architecture Biennale. More than 100 people attended, with other participants including architects Jeanne Gang,

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One quarter of UK architects experience racism at work, survey reveals

A race survey conducted by The Architects’ Journal shows that 24 per cent of black and minority-ethnic architects have been victims of racism in UK workplaces. The AJ’s first race survey investigates attitudes to race in architecture and was conducted in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Lawrence, an aspiring architect, was murdered in a racially motivated attack

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Male-dominated architecture industry is undergoing “dramatic change” says Elizabeth Diller

Architect Elizabeth Diller has praised her inclusion on this year’s Time 100 list as a positive step towards gender parity in architecture, but voiced concern that too many female architecture students are not making it into the workplace. The co-founder of New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) was recently named as the only architect

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Africa’s largest architecture practice pledges to move the needle on gender diversity

Boogertman + Partners, Africa’s largest architecture practice, has promised to tackle its gender pay gap in response to Dezeen’s Move the Needle initiative. The South African studio made the commitment after using Dezeen’s simple calculator, which showed that it pays women 19 per cent less per hour than male employees. “Boogertman + Partners saw Move the Needle not

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UK’s biggest architecture firms reveal gender-pay disparity

Hawkins\Brown has emerged as the only one of the UK’s largest architecture practices with a gender pay gap better than the country average. Collectively the 14 architecture practices that have reported data have a median gender pay gap – the common way of reporting pay disparity – of 18.4 per cent. This compares to the countrywide average

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals gender pay gap in staff salaries

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed that it pays women 19.6 per cent less than men, based on the median of its staff salaries. The London studio, which is now led by Patrik Schumacher, is one of several UK architecture firms that has had to make its gender-pay-gap figures public following a change in law. The

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“We don’t need to be patronised by architectural safe zones”

Drives to tackle discrimination and harassment of women, like the London Festival of Architecture’s Elephant Campaign and Dezeen’s Move the Needle initiative, are failing to increase diversity and damaging society, argues Vicky Richardson. As copycat versions of #MeToo sweep through the arts, the charity sector and property, tensions at property fair MIPIM run high with delegates wondering

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10 impressive architecture projects designed by women

In light of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up a series of architecture projects designed by women, from Odile Decq’s bright-red bubble house to Amanda Levete’s undulating MAAT museum. MAAT museum, Portugal, by Amanda Levete Covered in 15,000 white ceramic tiles, Amanda Levete’s MAAT museum in Lisbon features an undulating form inspired by the rippling waters of the

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“We can’t make decisions by ticking boxes” says Pritzker Prize executive director

The Pritzker Architecture Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal have defended their diversity policies and addressed the reason why women make up just one per cent of the winners of the two leading architecture prizes combined. “Sometimes looking at numbers does not mean anything,” said Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker. “We can’t

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Dezeen launches gender pay gap calculator to help tackle inequality in the workplace

What’s your organisation’s gender pay gap? We’re created an online calculator to help you find out, as part of our Move the Needle initiative to tackle gender equality in architecture and design. We developed the simple tool so companies can work out whether they pay male staff more than female staff. The tool has been created as regulations requiring UK

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“The girls started asking why there weren’t more women on the list of Pritzker Prize winners”

Teaching children about architecture opened Mary Tooley’s eyes to the lack of recognition given to female architects. In this letter she wrote to Dezeen in response to our Move the Needle initiative, she explains what she is doing about it. I have taught art for many years to children from preschool through middle school. About

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Sandra Barclay wins Woman Architect of the Year 2018 award

Barclay & Crousse co-founder Sandra Barclay has become the seventh recipient of the Woman Architect of the Year prize, while Gabinete de Arquitectura partner Gloria Cabral has been named emerging female architect. The two architects were recognised during this year’s Women in Architecture Awards, which are organised by annually by the Architects’ Journal (AJ) and The Architectural Review. Peruvian architect

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Equality is good for the bottom line, says speakers at Dezeen’s diversity event

Better diversity means better business for architects and designers, according to speakers at the Must do Better talk hosted by Dezeen and RIBA last night. “This is not about being nice; this is about making good business,” said Alexandra Hagen, CEO of Swedish studio White Arkitekter. “This is about being the most attractive employer in the business.” White Arkitekter is one

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Foster + Partners pledges to take action on gender diversity

Foster + Partners has become the first major global architecture studio to commit to change in the light of our Move the Needle initiative. “We would like to formally put our name to the Move The Needle campaign initiated by Dezeen,” said Katy Harris senior partner and head of communications at the Norman Foster-led company. The

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Foster + Partners reveals gender pay gap in staff salaries

Foster + Partners has revealed that it pays women 10.5 per cent less per hour than men, based on the median of its staff’s salaries. The gender pay gap of 10.5 per cent at the UK’s largest architecture practice was calculated by identifying the middle earner – a statistic that is commonly used as a representation of

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UK Construction Week bans “inappropriate” outfits after showgirl backlash

UK Construction Week is introducing new equality guidelines following the outcry against the use of promotional models wearing Vegas showgirl outfits at last year’s event. Media 10, a publisher and the organiser of the annual trade show, has released a code of conduct for exhibitors “setting the standard” for equality and diversity in the industry. The move comes after Dezeen revealed

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“To speak of entire communities without giving them a seat at the table reeks of myopic arrogance”

The all-white panel of architects gathered by Woods Bagot to discuss Los Angeles’ future urban development last week was embarrassingly misrepresentative of the city’s diversity and needs, argues Janelle Zara. Vast, sunny, atomised Los Angeles. Defying the practical notions of urban planning, it bypassed the formation of a city centre, opting instead to string together

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Women offered 70 per cent discount for architecture conference in Lisbon

Organisers of the Resonate conference have offered female delegates cut-price entry, in an effort to improve the gender balance of the event taking place at the AL_A-designed MAAT museum in Lisbon next week. The decision to offer a “special price for women in design” – cutting the full ticket price of €220 (£195) to €50 (£44) – was taken

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RIBA cautions architects about MIPIM misconduct

RIBA president Ben Derbyshire has warned architects attending the MIPIM property fair to adhere strictly to the body’s code of conduct, following the sector’s involvement in the Presidents Club scandal. In response to the call for the RIBA to take a stronger stance on sexual inequality, the president called on members attending the world-leading property networking event to become whistle blowers

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LGBT+ survey reveals decreasing number of architects “out” at work

The Architects’ Journal’s LGBT+ survey shows the number of architects who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in British practices has fallen over the past two years. According to the results of the survey, the number lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) respondents who said they are “out” in their practice has dropped to 73 per cent. This compares

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