Women in Architecture

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Thinking today about the birthday of Millicent Fawcett, tireless campaigner for women’s suffrage, it would seem appropriate to highlight the imbalance of the employment of women in architecture.

Architecture is still a very male dominated environment – according to RIBA figures, women make up only 26% of registered architects. However, women are increasingly being recognised for their contribution to the field. The Venice Architecture Biennale was this year curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Grafton Architects. Although, this is only the second year in the Biennale’s sixteen year history not to have had a male director.

At the event a flash mob event took place to fight against discrimination in architecture. The manifesto read out by Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize stated:

"Women are not a minority in the world but women are still a minority in architecture's field. We want it to reflect better the world in which we live… We will not stand silent”

We wholeheartedly support these sentiments and we think it is essential to support women in architecture.  

We are actively recruiting for Architects and are keen to continue to ensure women prosper in our industry.

Senior Architect Mark Raby said ‘Our practice has had several very successful female architects and designers over the years and we support development of professional skills and education.’

If you are a part 2 or 3 architect, have an interest in conservation and a desire to work in a supportive, collaborative environment we would love to hear from you.