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  • Comment on: Enter the 2014 AJ Women in Architecture Awards

    Christine Murray's comment 14-Nov-2013 8:32 pm

    Yes, you can nominate as many as you like, and we've taken a note of these - although people should feel free to second the nominations too, here or on Twitter

  • Comment on: Who is the most talented woman in your practice?

    Christine Murray's comment 9-Nov-2013 0:25 am

    Yes, you can enter the awards (nominate yourself), or you can be nominated by someone else.

  • Comment on: How to succeed in work/life after children in architecture

    Christine Murray's comment 9-Oct-2013 2:50 pm

    Men and employers looking to discuss childcare and flexible working are, of course, welcome to come along to the event. The seminar is part of the Women in Architecture programme because in our 2012 survey, 89% of the women surveyed said having children put them at a disadvantage in architecture, but just 34% of the men with children surveyed said it put them at a disadvantage.

  • Comment on: The petition for Scott Brown has failed, but let it be a rallying call for equal recognition

    Christine Murray's comment 22-Jun-2013 8:42 am

    The AJ Women in Architecture campaign was launched in response to a survey of 700 women architects who highlighted issues of equal pay and recognition in architecture. The Women in Architecture tab at the top of our website is there because it is one of the most searched for section on our website, so we made it easier to find. Its prominence is in response to subscriber demand and letters received. We regularly also cover issues facing old, young, part qualified, architects of diverse origin and lesbian, gay and bisexual architects experiencing discrimination because "surely selecting one group as worthy of recognition above another is wrong". As for your personal comments about me, I will not credit them with a response, but advise you that trolling is not tolerated on the AJ site.

  • Comment on: The AJ is now on iPad - download it free today

    Christine Murray's comment 10-Apr-2013 9:14 pm

    I've been told authentication is back online - please try again and sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Comment on: The AJ is now on iPad - download it free today

    Christine Murray's comment 8-Apr-2013 5:48 pm

    We're having trouble with our authentication - but the wizards are on it and it should be fixed soon. Will post a note when they've cracked it.

  • Comment on: Better childcare needed to keep women in architecture, says Brooks

    Christine Murray's comment 21-Mar-2013 2:19 pm

    I agree with Alison, and add to her point that women don't have children on their own. The burden of childcare cost is too often represented as theirs alone, but childcare is a shared cost, just like children are a shared responsibility. As soon as we consider the cost of childcare against the parents' two salaries, not one, a new picture of what is affordable emerges.

  • Comment on: Glass ceiling pay gap revealed: 26% of women directors earn less

    Christine Murray's comment 8-Feb-2013 7:14 pm

    In our experience, companies are more likely to falsify or misrepresent salary levels than individuals.

  • Comment on: Glass ceiling pay gap revealed: 26% of women directors earn less

    Christine Murray's comment 7-Feb-2013 12:21 pm

    We asked 891 people for their job title and salary rate, 191 men and 700 women, as well as a range of quantitative and qualitative questions - a mix of fact and perception. This is consistent with good research - perception is important in gauging the distance between any perceived pay gap and fact. You will see this done in surveys on crime perception and fact, for example. As for the facts, when we compare what respondents have given as their age, job title, salary and location, and compare this information to data we've collected in the AJ State of the Profession survey, the 191 men responding to the Women in Architecture survey, and the RIBA salary bands, it is an unfortunate fact that many women are paid less than men of equal age, job role or experience.

  • Comment on: The AJ is now on iPad - download it free today

    Christine Murray's comment 31-Jan-2013 4:48 pm

    Thanks for your feedback Etain, we're working to improve download times and navigation, so your comments are valuable to us. Please get in touch with any further thoughts on how your experience could be improved. Best, Christine Murray Editor

  • Comment on: 161 schemes by 137 practices: The AJ in 2012

    Christine Murray's comment 21-Dec-2012 11:19 am

    Thanks John, but 3.5? When did we half mention Helensburgh?

  • Comment on: You asked for it. We built it. The AJ is now on iPad

    Christine Murray's comment 3-Nov-2012 12:48 pm

    We're looking into this, but starting with one platform at a time

  • Comment on: You asked for it. We built it. The AJ is now on iPad

    Christine Murray's comment 31-Oct-2012 3:19 pm

    Thanks for your comment, John. There are absolutely no plans to phase out the print edition, we're just adding new ways to enjoy the AJ. Glad you like it. We'll be evolving the edition as we go, so all feedback welcome on how we can make it better and better.

  • Comment on: Digital edition: AJ 26.07.12

    Christine Murray's comment 26-Jul-2012 1:02 pm

    We reviewed every RIBA validated school - UCLAN has not yet acheived validation, although it has been seeking it for several years.

  • Comment on: Digital edition: AJ03.05.12

    Christine Murray's comment 12-May-2012 10:10 am

    No plans to go digital only, just to increase choice - so you can both read the AJ in whatever format you prefer. And yes, the iPad edition is coming...

  • Comment on: RIAS slammed for all-male convention and ballot line-up

    Christine Murray's comment 11-May-2012 10:31 pm

    Dear Amanda, What you state is ideal, but the statistics don't back it up. From our survey of nearly 700 women and 100 men, and compared to salary data from RIBA and the AJ100, women are paid significantly less for the same full-time position. By your logic, that means women just aren't good at their job, otherwise they would 'rise to the top'. The reality is that statistics show the glass ceiling in pay and position still exists. While 25 per cent of men working full-time are paid over £51,000 per year, just nine per cent of full-time working women are paid as much. And while 40 per cent of women working full-time are paid £25,000 or less per year, just a quarter of full-time working men in architecture are paid as little. According to RIBA Appointments’ salary guide, which does not include figures for director pay, architects should earn between £34-45,000 per annum, while associates should earn £37-50,000. Median pay for directors for the last two years in the AJ100 was £75k. Median pay for associates in the AJ100 was £46,000 last year, while median pay for architects was £37,000.

  • Comment on: The story of Goldibox: Maidstone Museum by Hugh Broughton

    Christine Murray's comment 1-May-2012 5:20 pm

    Click the link above to the AJ Buildings Library to see all drawings, including the site plan.

  • Comment on: It's time for a serious look at women in practice

    Christine Murray's comment 12-Jan-2012 6:03 pm

    With the rising cost of education, there are many male and female part 1 and part 2 students who believe an architect's salary and fees are no longer representative of the cost of qualification - especially when compared with other professions such as medicine and law

  • Comment on: Plans submitted for £1bn Scottish 'Poundbury'

    Christine Murray's comment 13-Sep-2011 12:49 pm

    Interesting that Walters and Cohen will be designing contemporary schools in the middle of it, and that these will not be subject to the design code.

  • Comment on: Architects not let down by the press, debate decides

    Christine Murray's comment 9-Sep-2011 5:24 pm

    Highlight of the night, for me, of course, was Amanda Baillieu saying 'If you don't like BD, you don't have to put it in the bin now. It's not free anymore, just don't subscribe'. On a more serious note, several architects in the audience complained about the poor quality of blog journalism online, but few seemed to embrace the idea of subscriber-only access, and the notion that journalists, like architects, deserve to be paid for what they do. The cost of paper goes up every year, but subscriptions to all print media has fallen since the dawn of the internet. There are a lot of great, historic, publications out there. In a decade, which ones will remain? The architectural profession ultimately will get the media it deserves - the media they were willing to pay for.

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