In the U.S., women make up 42 percent of architecture graduates, but only 28 percent of staff members in architecture firms and 18 percent of licensed architects, according to AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design committee. And, on average, those women architects make $14,877 less—or 80 cents on the dollar—than their male colleagues, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
As new generations of designers enter the historically male-dominated profession, will the dynamics in the office, on the jobsite, and within the industry begin to change to offer a more equitable work environment?
We were joined by representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Equity by Design, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Autodesk, and more. Below, you'll find reference material on the topic and a recap of today's chat. Join us at 3 p.m. EDT each Tuesday using the hashtag #ArchitectChats to discuss a new topic. You can read last week's chat on the use of drones in architecture here.
- "Best Practices on Closing the Gender Gap," from the April issue of ARCHITECT, explores how women can push through career choke points to advance in a male-dominated field. Read more.
- In early May, The Missing 32% Project released the results of its survey on women in architecture. Read more.
- NCARB held a panel on women in architecture at the end of March, moderated by ARCHITECT assistant editor Caroline Massie. Read more.
- Equity by Design held a hackathon at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta. Watch the video.
- The Missing 32% Project held its third annual symposium in October 2014. Read more.
- In March, data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that female architects earn significantly less than their male colleagues. Read more.