Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Women in architecture

Posted in issues, studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 4 February 2010

Noted British Architect Zaha Hadid has suggested that her profession requires a dedication that precludes any kind of family life: If it doesn’t kill you, then you’re no good. I mean, really – you have to go at it full-time. You can’t afford to dip in and out. When women break off to have babies, it’s hard for them to reconnect on the big scale.” (The Guardian, November 27, 2006)

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) asks: “How do architects balance family and career?”

Approximately 11% of architects registered with the AIBC are women.

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