Can we hear more from practice owners - their own stories - as to how they personally have dealt with difficult issues such as lack of experience in junior staff or helping their staff balance being a productive staff member with an engaged family life? As for the leading by example issue, well, I from personal experience I can write that one of the leading advocates of mentoring and promotion of women in the industry is the very same person I worked for as a Part 2 where I got F All help with my Part 3 studies and experienced a hatchet job on my confidence. Very much a case of do as I say not as I do!
I didn't suggest women architects were a 'nice to have'!! IMO, the problems women architects face are the same as most working women. Example - childcare costs (It costs me £125 a DAY for nursery care for two preschoolers which requires an income of about £40K a year to break even as it's taken out net earnings!) and if you you are a young architect that has just racked up a £90K debt from seven years of studying it may simply not be feasible to continue an architectural career.
Architecture is regarded as an art so it gets sidelined as a 'nice to have'.
Comment on: RIBA Awards winners 2014: Houses
These houses are a delight. It's interesting to read Carl Turner's views on the importance of modesty and scale, especially after reading Tim Clark's current AJ article on 'shoe box' houses and the detrimental effects they have on their wellbeing of their occupants. If only there was a way to capture the imaginations of Berkeley, Bovis, Wimpey et al in order to bring some of the thoughtful qualities of these bespoke houses into mass housing estates.
If Protection of Function is implemented, does that mean that designers ( a la Heatherwick) technicians and Project Managers are out of a job? This would leave us open to the accusation of running some sort of architects' cartel with the heavy handed regulation that would surely follow.