About the Book:
In the United States, architecture students are more than 40 percent female. But more than 75 percent of working architects and more than 80 percent of architecture school deans are male. If women are undergoing the rigorous training to enter the field, why aren’t they staying there? Why aren’t they being elevated to positions of power?
In WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? (May, $19.95), Despina Stratigakos, an architectural historian who spearheaded the campaign for Mattel to produce an Architect Barbie, explores the many facets of this drastic gender imbalance from the 19th century to the present day. Stratigakos shows that although women have long been active in architecture, their work was often focused on residential and interior design, leaving the large-scale institutional commissions that win public accolades and award financial gain to men.
The situation is changing, slowly, though as the numbers make clear, the upper echelons of the field remain heavily male-dominated. In 2013 only 17 percent of architecture firm principals and less than 20 percent of architecture school deans were female. But Stratigakos profiles the emergence of new challenges to this boys’ club, from outspoken efforts to retroactively award Denise Scott Brown the Pritzker—her professional partner and husband Robert Venturi was given the prize in 1991, and the two were jointly awarded the 2016 AIA Gold Medal, a move widely seen as a corrective—to Wikipedia hackathons organized to write women into the historical record.
The first title in the Places Books series, a collaboration between Princeton University Press and Places Journal, WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? is an all-too-relevant account of gender imbalance in the workplace that will resonate within architecture and well beyond.
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