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2% rise in proportion of UK women architects

The number of women on the ARB register now represents 21 per cent of the overall profession, up from 19 per cent in 2010

According to the latest ARB annual report for 2011, there are 6,911 women on the professional index, an increase of 629 on the previous year.

Within the UK as a whole, the male to female ratio was 80:20 with regional breakdowns showing a 79:21 split in both England and Scotland. In Wales, where a total of 811 architects are ARB-registered, just 14 per cent are women, while in Northern Ireland the figure is 19 per cent.

UK admissions were 29 per cent female, down from 33 per cent in 2010, while European admissions were 51 per cent female, up from 48 per cent the previous year.

Data from the report also showed the number of new architects joining the register has reached a five-year low.

The overall number of architects on the ARB register increased to 33,456 in 2011 but new admissions, at 1,244, reached their lowest level since 2005 (see graph above).

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