Workplace practices keep women out of architecture

Workplace structures and practices are among the reasons women are significantly outnumbered in the architecture sector, according to new Australian research.

Women comprise 40% of entrants to Australian architecture schools but their participation rates in the profession after graduation remain low, at about 20% of all registered architects.

A study by a team of University of Melbourne and University of Queensland researchers investigated the barriers to women’s participation in the architecture profession and made 11 recommendations to improve female representation in the industry.

Recommendations include addressing payment inequities, as well as the lack of part time and job share arrangements. The use of mentoring programs was also recommended.

Researcher Justine Clark said many women find it difficult to balance their work and personal commitments, because of the long hours and lack of flexibility.

Read more at University of Melbourne and University of Queensland

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