“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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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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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 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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RIBA hosts event on diversity after being “stunned” by Dezeen’s gender survey

Dezeen has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects to present a free evening event on Tuesday 6 March about improving gender diversity in architecture. The event, which welcomes both men and women, takes place at RIBA headquarters in central London. Taking place two days before International Women’s Day, it will include a

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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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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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Amanda Levete wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for women in architecture

AL_A principal Amanda Levete has won this year’s Jane Drew Prize, an annual lifetime achievement award for an architect who has furthered the progress of women in the industry. The Stirling Prize-winning architect was chosen for the prestigious award by the Architects’ Journal (AJ) and The Architectural Review, which recognises those who have “raised the profile

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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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World’s biggest property event criticised for response to Presidents Club scandal

Organisers of the world’s biggest property event, MIPIM, have been attacked for their soft approach after vowing to “increase communications” with delegates about inappropriate behaviour at the male-dominated trade fair. The criticism comes in the wake of the Financial Times’ exposure of the sexual harassment and assault experienced by female hostesses at a men-only charity dinner hosted by

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Peruvian, Spanish and British architects shortlisted for Woman Architect of the Year award

Sandra Barclay, Biba Dow, Ángela García de Paredes and Stephanie Macdonald have been shortlisted for the Woman Architect of the Year 2018 award, for projects in Peru, Spain and the UK. Jointly awarded by the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review, the Woman Architect of the Year award recognises the architect of a single, recently completed project. Ángela García de Paredes, of Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos, has

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It’s difficult to get prominent women to speak, says WAF organiser Paul Finch

World Architecture Festival is failing to attract enough leading female architects as speakers despite efforts to improve its gender balance, according to organiser Paul Finch. At this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) 30 per cent of the 125 award judges were women, and just 27 per cent of the speakers female – although the speaker’s page of the

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“We cannot truly serve our diverse communities if we ourselves do not reflect this diversity”

If architecture firms cannot embrace gender, racial and ethnic diversity in their own workplaces, then it’s unlikely that they will be able to do so with their buildings, argues White Arkitekter director Alexandra Hagen. It was a mixture of curiosity and disappointment that I read the results of the Dezeen gender diversity survey. What I found particularly

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Female architects respond to gender survey: “It’s getting better but far too slowly”

After our survey revealed a lack of gender diversity in the world’s biggest architecture firms, five prominent female architects from the UK gave us their views on what’s gone wrong and how it can be changed. The survey, which looked at the 100 biggest firms from around the globe, revealed that only one in 10 senior

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Survey of top architecture firms reveals “quite shocking” lack of gender diversity at senior levels

Just three of the world’s 100 biggest architecture firms are headed by women and only two have management teams that are more than 50 per cent female, a survey by Dezeen has revealed. The survey found that women occupy just 10 per cent of the highest-ranking jobs at the world’s leading architecture firms, while 16

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Industry figures slam use of Vegas-themed promotional models at UK Construction Week

Publisher and events company Media 10 has apologised for the presence of “inappropriately dressed” promotional models at this year’s UK Construction Week, following social media criticism from industry figures. Four female actors in “Vegas show girl” outfits presented awards and posed for photographs with visitors to UK Construction Week (UKCW), which took place from 10-12 October 2017

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“Does architecture have a Harvey Weinstein hiding within its ranks?”

Architecture has a culture of quietly condoning sexist behaviour, just like Hollywood, argues Anna Winston. “To be dangerous is to be artistically daring”. In all the comment pieces I have read so far on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, this, from British playwright Lucy Prebble’s piece in the London Review of Books, stood out. This was the

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RCA tutor attacks gender bias in architectural education with female-focused reading list

Royal College of Art tutor Harriet Harriss has created a list of over 300 notable architectural texts written by women, to show universities that there are no excuses for giving students male-dominated reading lists. Harriss, who is a senior tutor in interior design and architecture at the RCA, created the Women Write Architecture list to

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American women in architecture weigh in on “female architect” debate

Danish architect Dorte Mandrup’s takedown of the term “female architect” has sparked a strong reaction from American women in the profession on both sides of the argument. Mandrup’s Opinion piece for Dezeen earlier this year, and ongoing discussions about women’s prominence in the industry, prompted the architects – and one engineer – to respond with

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“If I was misogynist would I hire a woman as my CEO?” says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels has hit back at accusations of sexism at his architecture firm, following the controversy over that Instagram post. Speaking to Dezeen, the Danish architect said: “Being a white male makes anything I say sort of misquoted and twisted. Anything that I say about this will be misinterpreted.” “I was shocked at the bullshit people were writing,”

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“I am not a female architect. I am an architect”

We need to stop promoting “female architects” in worthy lists and exhibitions, so that women can be seen as more than second-class citizens, argues Danish architect Dorte Mandrup. I was mentioned on Dezeen’s list of 50 inspirational female architects and designers, to mark International Women’s Day back in March. While I greatly appreciated the gesture and sympathise with the idea

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JustDesign certificate accredits architecture firms that champion diversity and gender equality

A team of US architectural advocacy groups has launched an initiative that aims to endorse architecture studios that treat their staff well and provide equal opportunities for women. The JustDesign.US certificate was created as a collaboration between organisations The Architecture Lobby, Yale School of Architecture’s Equality in Design, and Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Women in

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Directory of female creatives aims to tackle the “stone-aged” under-representation of women in design

Australian studio Double Days has created a publicly editable directory of women in design that can be used by conference organisers to source female speakers for panel discussions. Published on Google Docs by Double Days founder Bonnie Abbott, the list is comprised of names and short descriptions of women recommended by peers and admirers for being “inspiring

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