Architecture and Equality?

So, I don’t particularly consider myself a feminist. And I don’t mean to get all provocative up in here. But I do believe in equality, and it doesn’t take long in the discipline of architecture to figure out that there’s some kind of problem going on. Go to any review, and you’re most likely to see a group of old white men sitting around and judging a studio that’s at least half female, if not more. The problem extends into practice too- only 17% of AIA members are women, and just 10% are ethnic minorities. 

It seems I’m not the only designer with these issues on my mind. Last year a group from the GSD launched an ultimately unsuccessful petition to recognize Denise Scott Brown with her partner Robert Venturi’s Pritzker Prize.

The thing is, its a complex problem, and I’m not sure if there’s anyone to blame. But I do think its useful take a look at that reading list, jury panel, or conference poster and ask who is being represented and why. Apparently, so did the folks over at Feminist Wall of Shame. It’s a pretty simple idea, but it gives us a chance to take a second look at who is being recognized as the face of architecture.

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