Better childcare needed to keep women in architecture, says Brooks
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour discussed the AJ’s Women in Architecture (WIA) campaign ahead of Friday’s awards (22 March)
Shortlisted Woman Architect of the Year, Alison Brooks together with Claire Devine, chair of Women in Architecture, spoke out about why women leave the profession on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Describing architecture as a ‘calling’, Brooks explained how the long hours caused by competitiveness resulted in problems and childcare issues.
She said: ‘It is difficult for women architects to afford the expense of childcare. One of my campaigns is to encourage government to change tax policy so that childcare is tax deductible.’
‘For women to be a major force in the workplace we need to consider childcare as a business expense. So it should be deductable’.
Speaking about the number of women architects in the UK, which currently stands at a fifth of all architects, Devine said: ‘It is a depressing statistic to see. The number is affected by the formative years of being an architect.’
She added: ‘It is a shock coming out of university education to becoming an architect. You need a supportive practice.’