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New RIBA stats show large drop in women architects

Figures released as part of the RIBA Future Trends Survey reveals an 7 per cent drop in the number of women architects over the last two years

The results from the institute’s latest monthly ‘state-of-the profession’ analysis show that in January 2009, 28 per cent of architectural staff in practices surveyed were women compared to just 21 per cent in December 2011.

The surprise figures come just days after the AJ published shocking results from our first ever Women in Architecture survey, which showed nearly two-thirds of women suffered sexual discrimination during their career and that 35 per cent believed the recession would decrease pay parity with their male counterparts.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice, said: ‘Of ongoing concern is the disproportionate impact of the recession upon employment levels for women working in architecture. The institute remains committed to addressing these inequalities through initiatives including the Architects for Change and Women in Architecture groups.’


Elsewhere, the survey revealed that overall confidence concerning future workloads for architects remained fragile.

Practices in London and the south east of England were more optimistic about future demand for services,while those in Northern Ireland remain the most pessimistic. 


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