All posts by Hannah McCann

June 30, 2010

On Taking the Off-Ramp

Last August, I started this blog on work-life issues with a promise to keep myself out of it, and for the most part, I did. As I hoped, Worklife readers had plenty to say over the course of the year, weighing in with thought-provoking comments on equal pay, ageism, flex-work, and other growing pains in the profession. Thank you for building a conversation. This is my last Worklife post, and so today, I step back in to say goodbye and to explain why. I’m due with my third child at the end of the summer, and that seems to be my work-life tipping point. I’m taking the exit ramp. Read more...

June 23, 2010

Striking a Balance in Chicago

For as much discussion erupts virtually over the subject of architects balancing work and family life, there seems to be surprisingly little conversation on the topic face to face. I've been covering work-life issues for ARCHITECT for the past year and haven't heard of any related sessions in schools, AIA chapters, or firm offices across the country. That's why I'm particularly excited about a program on Tuesday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hafele showroom in Chicago. Chicago Women in Architecture president Lina Grigaitis has been planning the session, "Striking a Balance," since last fall. Read more...

June 22, 2010

A Hand-Drawing Revival?

Today, a slight diversion from the polarizing topics of race, gender, and age that often dominate on Worklife to revisit one of my favorite subjects: drawing. Occasionally the cry goes out that architects have lost the art of hand drawing, and with it, a certain sensitivity in their creations. Last week, architecture students on Archinect began rallying behind the cause of learning to draw by hand, spurred by an eloquent blog post by McGill student Meredith. “McGill's School of Architecture has a policy that can essentially be summed up as ‘no computers in first year,’” she says, and shares a few of the hand drawings she’s produced this past year (her birdcage design is shown above), bemoaning the change to come as a sophomore. Read more...

June 16, 2010

Survival of the Fittest

In the field of architecture, as in all sectors of the workforce, men have been losing their jobs faster than women. Now, for the first time in American history, there are more women in the workforce than men. More managers are women, and more college graduates are women. An article in the most recent issue of The Atlantic delves into the implications of a major worldwide shift in gender politics. Not to alarm anyone, but the story is called, “The End of Men.” Read more...

June 15, 2010

A Primer on the Case for Paid Family Leave

It’s a common gripe among working parents: The U.S., unlike 177 other nations, does not provide any paid leave for parents to care for a newborn. This past Sunday in The Washington Post, an interesting editorial explained why and offers some encouraging signs of a change. If you can hold off conceiving until 2020 or so, you might be in luck. Read more...


About the Blogger

Hannah McCann

thumbnail image Hannah McCann covers the changing culture of the architecture workplace. Her features in ARCHITECT include “0.2%” (March 2007), exploring the reasons behind the disproportionately small number of black women licensed as architects, and “Fair Play” (March 2009), on ways architecture offices can be designed to be more inclusive. Hannah was the magazine’s managing editor from its launch until she left in mid-2008 to spend more time with her young children. She now freelances for ARCHITECT as an editor at large, writing on issues touched on in Worklife and also on history and culture.