The number of woman architects has dramatically fallen as a result of the recession, according to shocking statistics unveiled by RIBA this week
The proportion of women in practice fell from 28 per cent to 20 per cent in just six months, said RIBA president Ruth Reed who described the turn as ‘devastating’.
After women, student architects were the second worst hit by the recession. ‘The people being laid off are women and the people being laid off or not getting jobs are students,’ said Reed who was chairing her first RIBA council meeting on Tuesday (6 October).
The AJ unveiled the total number of architects claiming unemployment benefit rose last month to 2,055. Seven per cent of all ARB registered architects are unemployed, but the true figure could be even higher with many architects unable or unwilling to register their claim for benefit.
The UK is at its highest level of unemployment since the mid 1990s with a total 2.47 million unemployed (7.9 per cent).