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    Gender in Architecture School Leadership

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 1, '13 5:14 PM EST

    Hello Archinect,

    I've been organizing spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and attending meetings, but this is the first graphic I've produced at the ACSA, so I wanted to share it here.  

    This one counts deans, directors, heads, and chairs in candidate and accredited architecture schools in the USA and Canada by gender and region. Many universities are working hard to bring more diversity to their ranks of faculty and administration--but we're not there yet. Canada's on its way, though!

    More data is visualized at the ACSA Atlas Project and we'll be adding to this regularly, so check back!

    Also, let me know below what data you'd like to see in the next rounds!



    • So this is NOT faculty at all, only administrative positions (ignoring if the dean etc. teaches a class)?  This graphic is a really terrible indictment of the education of our profession.  

      I'd like to also see one of faculty, as I imagine it's much more equitable - though if one were to separate tenured and tenure-track faculty from adjuncts, I imagine it's very heavily male, as well. And if one were to look at architecture design studio faculty ONLY, I imagine it's heavily male too - female faculty tend to land in areas like historic preservation.

      Not good.

      Nov 3, 13 1:18 pm  · 
      Lian Chikako Chang

      Hi Donna, yes, we counted those in administrative positions (deans, chairs, heads, directors), whether or not they taught courses or studios. And YES, working on one for the rest of the faculty as well!

      Nov 3, 13 6:03 pm  · 

      Can't wait to see it.  I wonder if any of the recent spate of articles about gender inequality in the profession have considered that gender inequality in the leadership positions in the schools is a contributing factor?

      Very frustrating to see this fact laid so bare.  Thanks, Lian.

      Nov 4, 13 10:57 am  · 

      This is unfortunate and frustrating, documentation like this is very important. Nice work.

      Nov 4, 13 1:58 pm  · 

      Don't blame Houston on this one.  Rice, U of H, and Prairie View all have female Deans.  

      How were the regional distinctions on the map decided?  

      Looking forward to more of these graphics.

      Nov 4, 13 2:36 pm  · 

      Ross, the regional distinctions are part of ACSA's own organizational system.

      Nov 4, 13 4:04 pm  · 

      Ugh, the more I look at this the angrier I get.  In my region out of 20 schools there are FOUR women in leadership roles.  Four.  12%. Jeez.

      Nov 5, 13 9:08 am  · 

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. Our members are over 250 schools, including all accredited programs in the USA and Canada, schools seeking accreditation, and non-accredited and international programs--representing over 40,000 architecture faculty and students.

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