Recently I was approached by a colleague looking to build some LEED homes to be considered for the role of architect. As I’m busy with other projects right now, I had to decline and he asked me if I could recommend any other women architects.
I’m sad to say I was stumped! Many of the women architects I know are working for large or medium-sized firms and wouldn’t have time to work on this. A more appropriate fit would be a person that has her own firm and could take this project on for herself. There are quite a few young men who’ve taken the plunge and started their own practices (many of whom I went to school with) but no women come to mind.
This got me to questioning: Why aren’t there more women architects starting and running their own practices? Why are the women, the few we have in the profession, mostly working for other people in firms? I’m not saying that the work going on in large and mid-size firms isn’t important. But I want to know where women are making their mark in architecture.
Often, it’s in the small, solo or partner firms that the envelope is pushed, assumptions are questioned and some very interesting and creative work occurs. In my view, change comes from these small outfits with people who’re practicing their passion all out instead of punching in every morning at a corporate firm. With this in mind, why does it look like that it’s the men in architecture who venture out on their own and not so much the women?
This is an ongoing discussion I’d like to have on the Blooming Rock blog: Where are the women in architecture?Tags: corporate architecture firms, small architecture firms, women architects, women in architecture, Zaha Hadid