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A Gendered Profession
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Nov 2016
Stock Code: 87837
Total votes: 49
The issue of gender inequality in architecture has been part of the profession’s discourse for many years, yet the continuing gender imbalance in architectural education and practice remains a difficult subject. This book seeks to change that. It provides the first ever attempt to move the debate about gender in architecture beyond the tradition of gender-segregated diagnostic or critical discourse on the debate towards something more propositional, actionable and transformative.
To do this, A Gendered Profession brings together a comprehensive array of essays from a wide variety of experts in architectural education and practice, touching on issues such as LGBT, age, family status, and gender-biased awards.
The anticipated reduction in the duration of architecture education in the UK and across Europe has encouraged a sense of collective openness to...
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This practical, hands on introduction guides you through the basics of undertaking research in day-to-day architectural practice helping you to...
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Demonstrates indisputably how positive and critical expressions of gender and sexuality lead to ‘equality by design’ in society and in the built environment. More than timely, this is essential reading for all in the profession.
For too long, debates on gender in architecture have focused on injustices that women have experienced, or stories of women who fought through, and were tough enough to reach the top. Why would these debates inspire anyone into architecture? A Gendered Profession is exciting because it doesn’t use ‘gender issues’ as a euphemism for ‘women’s issues’. Is it possible to be a happy, ambitious, fairly credited, and remunerated, sociable being… and an architect? Sounds radical/impossible? Read this book.
When I was younger, I firmly assumed that by my twenties, gender issues would be a distant and faintly embarrassing memory like shell suits and floppy disks. This book is a refreshing exploration of gender’s impact on architecture and architects – it is academic but not elitist, passionate but not indignant, thoughtful but not ponderous. Necessarily contradictory at times but consistently packed with insight, A Gendered Profession is nuanced and inclusive.
Katie Lloyd Thomas, Newcastle University
Now that gender inequality in architecture is finally a mainstream concern, this book reminds us that feminism is not just about women. Whether laying out the facts of professional and educational discrimination around the globe, or taking us into the intimate arena of life in practice, and the still underexplored issues of race, sexuality and class, these myriad contributions show precisely why architecture needs diversity as a force for critical debate and change.
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