Archinect - News 2017-08-24T01:20:01-04:00 NCARB reveals diversity in the architectural profession has increased Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-12T14:41:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. However, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same. For comparison, 38 percent of the U.S. population identifies as either non-white or Hispanic, according to 2015 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are now more women and non-white participants in architecture as of 2016 according to the NCARB, which has just released its 2017 "By the Numbers" report. As NCARB notes in a press release:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;While several groups remain underrepresented within the profession, these trends point to growing diversity among licensure candidates, and eventually, future architects,&rdquo; said NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. &ldquo;In response, NCARB will continue to ensure our programs balance inclusivity with the rigor needed to protect the public.&rdquo;</em></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> Screening of "100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" on June 28th Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T20:06:24-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Featuring a talk by&nbsp;Dr. Ann Rubbo on the artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin, this screening of "A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> on June 28th at 6 p.m. investigates Wright's history of working with women, focusing on six ladies who worked with the architect, including&nbsp;Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois&nbsp;Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Here's a trailer for the film:</p> RIBA to celebrate women in the field by remembering trailblazer Ethel Charles, the first woman to join the organization Nicholas Korody 2017-06-16T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T12:39:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the turn of the century, women were rare in the field of architecture&mdash;something that, while certainly improved, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remains</a> a deeply unfortunate reality of the profession that urgently requires attention and remediation.</p><p>A notable exception was Ethel Mary Charles, the first women to join the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> (RIBA), helping pave the way for the thousands of women who&rsquo;ve followed in her footsteps. On July 5, 2017, RIBA celebrates Charles with #EthelDay, a day of international social media campaigning to recognize the indelible mark that women have left in the field since her day.</p><p>RIBA encourages everyone to share a picture of a film of a woman architect you find inspiring (and/or one of their designs), with the hashtag #EthelDay.</p><p>&ldquo;I encourage architects, students and their educators, design professionals and enthusiasts from around the world to join me in celebrating the contribution of women in architecture,&rdquo; states Jane Duncan, RIBA President and founder of Interna...</p> SCI-Arc can't seem to find a single female architect to include in its Spring 2017 lecture series Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T17:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T12:57:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>SCI-Arc has announced its Spring 2017 lecture series. And&nbsp;not a single female architect was included in the list. <em>Really, SCI-Arc?</em></p><p>Granted, the roster includes historian and theorist Sylvia Lavin as well as the artist Amalia Ulman&mdash;but the lack of a single practicing female architect is pretty striking. In recent years, criticism has been waged at institutions for privileging men when it comes to lecture series, as well as panels, faculty, exhibitions, firms, commissions, wages, and interpersonal relations.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not exactly like there&rsquo;s a paucity of exceptionally talented women in the field. The Feminist Wall of Shame also took note and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posted</a> on the omission.</p> Blair Kamin's standout Chicago architects of 2016 are all female, "but that's incidental" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-22T12:36:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T21:34:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang completed three exceptional projects, including the dramatic Writers Theatre in Glencoe, and saw construction begin on her 98-story Vista Tower [...] Carol Ross Barney finished the latest extension of Chicago's downtown Riverwalk [...] Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, led the successful fight against George Lucas' planned narrative art museum [...] What unites these achievements? Probably the fact that gender, in the end, had little to do with them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on gender in architecture:</p><p><a title="Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce</a></p><p><a title="UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on &quot;race, gender, and the American built environment&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment"</a></p><p><a title="North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage</a></p><p><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></p> NYC becomes first city to provide free tampons and pads in public schools, prisons, and shelters Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:16:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the New York City Council unanimously&nbsp;passed a set of bills requiring free menstrual-hygiene products in public schools, prisons, and shelters, making it&nbsp;the first city in the nation to pass so-called "menstrual equity" legislation.&nbsp;The city will budget for tampons and pads just like it does for toilet paper and hand soap.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Tampons and pads are not currently covered by public-assistance programs and some school-aged girls stay home or use products longer than they should when they get their periods. Women in prisons face rationing and degrading treatment from corrections officers."</em></p><p>For more public health-related news, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The designers reinventing a visit to Planned Parenthood</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sick people in Scandinavia can check into these "patient hotels" as hospital alternatives</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li></ul> More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:48:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architectural design profession continues to grow, with more women pursuing licensure than ever before, according to data released today by the NCARB...The number of practitioners working toward licensure reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 41,500 individuals either taking the Architect Registration Exam, reporting Architecture Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP) hours, or both. That&rsquo;s up from 37,178 in 2014&mdash;a record high at that time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as a recent poll conducted by the AIA shows, gender discrimination and harassment remains high. More than two-thirds of women polled in a survey in March reported a lack of gender equity in architecture.</p><p>For more on the state of women in the profession, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men'</a></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p></li></ul> How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:28:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Ms. Hadid died on March 31 at 65, The New York Times, in an informal online questionnaire, asked female architects among its readers to talk candidly about their experiences in the profession: the progress they&rsquo;ve made and the obstacles they still face on construction sites and in client meetings. Below are edited excerpts from a few of some 200 responses we received.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture, already a tough field, can be even&nbsp;more challenging if you happen to be female. As Christine Matheu from Bloomington, Indiana recalls in this article,&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;There was a time when women were not allowed to be members of the Century Club. About that same time, as a young architect trying to survive, I was doing exhibition design and had been hired by an N.Y.C. art collector to do an installation of Piranesi prints for the Century Club. When the club learned that I was a woman architect, I was not allowed to install the exhibit. I, like many other women architects, found it much easier and less humiliating to just strike out on my own. I have been in my own practice now for 20 years.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Also, a lifetime pro tip: STOP CALLING WOMEN OVER 18 GIRLS. Thanks!</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fu...</a></li></ul> Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good." Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What was it like to be Zaha Hadid? From teaching to developing her vision to turning down an opportunity to work with Rem Koolhaas, in this remembrance we collect a few of Zaha's first-person writings and interviews about her life and work from her unparalleled, groundbreaking career.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On being a woman and an Arab, excerpted from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, 2012:</strong></p><p>Being an Arab woman and a modern architect certainly don't exclude each other &ndash; when I was growing up in Iraq, there were many women architects. You cannot believe the enormous resistance I've faced just for being an Arab, and a woman on top of that. It is like a double-edged sword. The moment my woman-ness is accepted, the Arab-ness seems to become a problem.</p><p>I've broken beyond the barrier, but it's been a very long struggle. It's made me tougher and more precise &ndash; and maybe this is reflected in my architecture. I still experience resistance but I think this keeps you on the go.&nbsp;</p><p>As a woman in architecture, you need confidence. Sometimes, w...</p> Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-30T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T20:37:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Civil rights lawyers say the new service being touted by local entrepreneurs, Chariot for Women, would probably conflict with Massachusetts&rsquo; antidiscrimination laws. [...] safety of female passengers has dogged Uber and Lyft Inc. and regulators around the country are debating new requirements for ride-hailing services that include [a] background check [...] SheTaxis, or SheRides, faced questions from regulators in 2014 when it launched an app that connects female passengers with women drivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the technology and ethics of ride-sharing:</p><ul><li><a title="Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California</a></li><li><a title="Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a title="Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services</a></li><li><a title="Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions</a></li></ul> Why International Women's Day matters (for architects) Nicholas Korody 2016-03-08T15:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-09T02:16:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1008" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You&rsquo;ve probably heard that today is International Women&rsquo;s Day. But what exactly is it? And why is it important?</p><p>For many in the global West, the significance of March 8th is probably a lot less familiar than, say, Mother&rsquo;s Day. In fact, the holidays originated around the same time, during the early 20th century, at the nascence of struggles for equal rights and suffrage. But unlike Mother&rsquo;s Day, International Women&rsquo;s Day has always been explicitly political: a day to both celebrate women and to fight for emancipation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first iteration</a> of Women&rsquo;s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America in 1909, but its international observance began properly in 1911 with large protests throughout Europe, albeit on different days in the different cities. In 1914, International Women&rsquo;s Day was held for the first time on March 8. Sylvia Plankhurst, the great British suffragette, was arrested in front of Charing Cross on her way to deliver a speech at Trafalgar Square.</p><p>Then, on March 8, 1917, R...</p> "Women in architecture" vs. "now in architecture": Mimi Zeiger on gender and architecture today Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T15:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a while I&rsquo;ve held the belief that identifying oneself as an architect is a kind of drag, a mannered persona donned for effect. How else to describe the clich&eacute;d sartorial signifiers: extreme eyewear, black daywear and designer footwear? As the education of an architect is so historically weighted to a canon of male practitioners, theorists and educators, a woman entering the field often operates as a kind of architectural androgyne...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...we are trained to see world of design through black-framed, male-coloured glasses. Gender differentiation, then, comes with a thorny rhetorical question: &lsquo;What&rsquo;s the difference?&rsquo; If the goal is to recognise talent, experimentation and innovation, there seems no reason to create a binary in the field."</em></p><p>For more articles on issues related to gender-parity and -visibility in architecture, take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-Jones</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA moves one step forward in approval of Equity in Architecture resolution</a></li></ul> Single women emerge as second-strongest group of homebuyers Alexander Walter 2016-02-24T13:48:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:08:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's hard to remember that just a few decades ago it was difficult, if not impossible, for a woman alone to take out a mortgage. Federal legislation changed that. And yet, it's still surprising to learn how dominant single women have become in the housing market today: Their share is second only to married couples, and twice that of single men.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials, not forming enough households</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> "Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-02-16T17:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T17:42:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amnesty International and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, recently presented reports on the vulnerable position of women refugees and the dangers they face.&nbsp; Europe is failing to provide basic protection for them, the Amnesty report stated. This problem is now all the more critical because the percentage of women among the refugees who travel through Europe has risen dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"All the women interviewed for the Amnesty report said that they felt unsafe and threatened during the various stages of their journey. Women are at greater risk of becoming victims of violence, robbery and extortion...&nbsp;There is also the threat of rape and sexual assault by smugglers, security guards, policemen and fellow refugees. Some smugglers try to coerce the women into having sex with them in exchange for a shorter waiting time or a lower price for the crossing."</em></p><p>Alongside first-hand accounts by female refugees, the article describes some of the particular struggles women face, in addition to those experienced by their male counterparts. Women are expected to care for their children along the difficult sea and land routes from Syria to Europe.</p><p>Many refugee facilities don't have separate bathroom facilities for each gender, and the risk of sexual assault runs high.&nbsp;Some women have taken to sleeping outside of the camps, without any shelter, if its seems safer than risking sleepin...</p> Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T21:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="978" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the first sole woman to win the medal in its 167-year history (women have shared the prize with others before), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> said, "I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honor in her own right. Part of architecture&rsquo;s job is to make people feel good in the&nbsp;spaces where we live, go to school or where we work - so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence &ndash; that shouldn&rsquo;t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baghdad-born Hadid, who started her now London-based practice in 1979, adds the Queen of England and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a>-given award to other notable prizes, including her 2004 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&#8203;In Professor Sir Peter Cook's Royal Gold Medal citation, he notes that Hadid's "vociferous criticism of poor work or stupidity re...</p> Women at the pinchpoints of architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-03-08T12:33:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All those things that people talk about but you don't realize it until you go through it yourself... not feeling adequate, feeling like a failure...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rosa Sheng, founder of Equity by Design and architect at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</a>&nbsp;in San Francisco, talks with KQED's&nbsp;Aarti Shahani about the hemorrhaging of women in architecture after graduation. Nowadays, about half of architecture graduates are women, but in the practicing workforce, that number drops to only 18%. Sheng is one of the architects leading the discussion around the so-called "missing 32%", referring to the percentage of women architects that decide to leave the profession before becoming licensed.</p><p>Sheng has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously lectured</a> on this topic, and spoke at this past year's AIA National Convention in Atlanta on behalf of her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equity in Architecture resolution</a>.</p><p>Listen to the full discussion on KQED's "Forum" below, originally broadcasted earlier today.</p><p><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Women Leave Architecture</a></p> Diana Agrest gets profiled as one of NPR's "50 Great Teachers" Justine Testado 2015-04-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is both expansive and specific, artistic and technical. Agrest says that even after teaching and practicing the discipline for over 40 years, she still marvels at how much there is to learn. 'Architecture is really difficult. I realized that only very recently,' she says. 'It's like music. You can enjoy it but &mdash; to know it &mdash; it's a different story.' Another bit of wisdom she shares with her students: The career of an architect blossoms late.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now at 70 years old,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Agrest</a> reflects on some of her teaching and design approaches in her illustrious career, with those approaches having influenced both former and current students and fellow educators alike.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> An awkward interview with Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T00:38:45-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we were getting off the plane he asked me what I was doing that evening: &ldquo;Catching a train, I am afraid,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo; Pity. You are fat and I like my women fat. We could have spent a pleasant night together.&rdquo; He said this quite casually. [...] So gigantic was Corb&rsquo;s egotism that he probably considered it enough of an honour for a humble mortal to provide a genius like him with a night&rsquo;s relaxation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Built By Women NYC is searching for 100 of the best NYC projects built by women Justine Testado 2014-09-10T19:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:49-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Being a woman practicing in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction and the like is already a triumph in itself&nbsp;&mdash; let alone leading the design and construction of a built project. To honor this,&nbsp; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation</a> just launched Built By Women NYC, a project that highlights 100 outstanding buildings or built environments&nbsp;&mdash; historic or contemporary&nbsp;&mdash; located in New York City that were built/designed/constructed by women.</p><p>Until October 31, BxW NYC is accepting nominations of women who were directly responsible for leading the design (architecture, engineering, or landscape) or led the construction (either from the development or construction management team) for the structure or built environment. Projects must be completed or have broken ground and located in New York City.</p><p>Anyone of any gender is welcome to make a nomination! Women can also nominate themselves.</p><p>The jurors for BxW NYC include:</p><p><strong>Deborah Berke, FAIA</strong>, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners<br><strong>Joa...</strong></p> The uphill climb to gender equity continues... Justine Testado 2014-08-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:48:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos, historian and University at Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged <em>and continue</em> to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. From that, another question remains: Is anyone even paying attention?</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arab Women in Architecture Film</a></p> In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:36:41-04:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's still a glass ceiling, ironically, in architecture," said Rosa Sheng, senior associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco and chairwoman of the Missing 32% Project, a group that promotes equitable treatment of all architects. "There's an influx of more women coming in, but the hurdles haven't changed," she said. It takes roughly 12 years to become a licensed architect, according to NCARB.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Women who helped remake the American landscape Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T13:40:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="530" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Well before American women could vote, these college-educated few rose to the pinnacle of their fields as garden designers, writers and photographers. Declaring American gardens to be distinct from those in Europe, they took as their mission the beautification of America, whose cities were polluted and whose residents were suffering from decades of grinding income disparity and rampant industrialism. [...] &ldquo;It really was landscape gardening as social activism.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Women Are Climbing Architecture's Career Ladder Alexander Walter 2014-03-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1980, when Marsha Maytum was a fledgling designer at the San Francisco architecture firm EHDD, the majority of women on construction sites were centerfolds. [...] Nearly 35 years later, progress has been measurable but mixed. Women make up 25 percent of architecture staff in the U.S., though they now earn 42 percent of the architecture degrees.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men' Alexander Walter 2014-02-10T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:27-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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 &ndash; 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&rsquo;d hope things would be getting better.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sexism means women still can&rsquo;t break the glass&nbsp;ceiling in architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kathryn Findlay, recipient of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize, dies at 60</a></p></li></ul> Arab Women in Architecture Film FarahTell 2014-02-06T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T10:22:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This 56-minute documentary film features interviews with nineteen Arab architects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia. It explores the subject of the practice of architecture by Arab women architects and features stories on their experiences, challenges, and achievements. In order to facilitate viewing, the film is divided into six sequels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The film was first screened during the Award's sixth cycle ceremony, which took place on January 7, 2014 at the German Jordanian University's Othman Bdeir House for Architecture and Design in Amman, Jordan.</p> Sexism means women still can’t break the glass ceiling in architecture Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T14:13:19-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sexism is alive and well in architecture, according to research showing that two-thirds of female architects believe the construction industry hasn&rsquo;t fully accepted the authority of women. The annual Women in Architecture survey, conducted by Architects&rsquo; Journal, found evidence of widespread discrimination and unequal pay in the profession.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2014 AIA Gold Medal posthumously awarded to Julia Morgan, FAIA - the first female recipient Justine Testado 2013-12-12T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T16:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="580" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Fifty-six years after her death, the Board of Directors of the AIA voted today to honor the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957) &mdash; the first woman to ever receive the award. Morgan will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.<br><br> Considered as the AIA's highest honor, the Gold Medal recognizes an individual's work that has majorly influenced the theory and practice of architecture. Morgan's most famous works include Hearst Castle; Asilomar YWCA in Pacific Grove, CA; and St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA.<br><br> Here are more details about Julia Morgan:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Morgan won a litany of firsts she used to establish a new precedent for greatness. A building technology expert that was professionally adopted by some of the most powerful post-Gilded age patrons imaginable, Morgan practiced for nearly 50 years and designed more than 700 buildings of almost every type. The first woman admitted to the prestigious architecture school at the E...</p> Beyond the Pritzker: What's Next for Women in Architecture? Places Journal 2013-07-30T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:44:59-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My own conviction is that the most meaningful prolonged response to the Pritzker &mdash; but much more, to the entrenched discrimination it both reflects and reinforces &mdash; will involve political action directed toward measureable change. It will involve ramping up the current professional and cultural conversation &mdash; now focused on sharing experiences, promoting awareness, influencing leaders in the field &mdash; and articulating specific goals, definable outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lately the subject of women's status in architecture &mdash; long dismissed as essentialist and unnecessary &mdash; has bounded back onto the agenda. As recent articles, books, exhibitions, online discussions and petition campaigns all attest, the full integration of the profession remains a fraught and unfinished business. Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time to engage the larger sphere of political activism &mdash; to translate the widespread awareness of tenacious inequality into an ongoing campaign with concrete goals.</p> Meet Zhang Xin, a Chinese real estate mogul who's richer than Oprah Archinect 2013-07-02T18:31:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T18:09:47-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="169" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhang, a Chinese real estate developer, is the seventh richest self-made women in the world, worth $3.6 billion, according to Forbes. She's worth $800 million more than Oprah Winfrey, the world's best known self-made female billionaire. Not only does Zhang's rags-to-riches story mirror that of China itself, but it is Zhang who has shaped much of the country's modern urban landscape, with the logo of her company SOHO China, on the side of buildings wherever you turn in Beijing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Galaxy SOHO, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid for Zhang' SOHO China, was built in 2012 on a 50,000 square meter plot in central Beijing. It was Hadid's first building in Beijing.</em></p> Answering Harvard’s question about my personal life, 52 years later Archinect 2013-06-10T15:16:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T17:46:29-04:00 <img src="" width="194" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard. She received a letter asking how she would balance a career in city planning with her &ldquo;responsibilities&rdquo; to her husband and possible future family. Fifty-two years later, she responds.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>