Female architects identify ways that women can push through the traditional career choke points and advance through the ranks in a male-dominated field.
Last October, two reports quantified the state of women in architecture. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s “Where are the Women: Measuring Progress on Gender” found that the percentage of women in the profession plummets as careers progress. The Missing 32% Project’s “Equity in Architecture” survey identified the choke points forcing women out, including getting licensed and attaining leadership roles. This data points to an anecdotal truth that most already know: There’s a leaky pipeline in architecture.
A steady loss of women over time means that the number of licensed female practitioners and senior leaders hovers between just 15 and 18 percent. So, how can we close the gender gap?
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