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Zaha Hadid: the UK is more misogynistic than overseas

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The UK has ‘more misogynist behaviour’ in architecture than elsewhere in Europe, according to Zaha Hadid

Hadid was speaking in the wake of the shocking findings of the AJ’s Women in Architecture survey, which revealed the pressures facing women in the profession.

‘I have noticed it is easier for me in European countries than it is here,’ Hadid told The Observer yesterday.

‘There is a different dynamic. In the UK it is more difficult. They are very conservative. There is a skepticism and more misogynist behaviour here.’

She added: ‘It is a very tough industry and it is male-dominated, not just in architectural practices, but the developers and the builders too.

‘I can’t blame the men, though. The problem is continuity. Society has not been set up in a way that allows women to go back to work after taking time off. Many women now have to work as well as do everything at home and no-one can do everything. Society needs to find a way of relieving women.’

According to the AJ Women in Architecture survey, nearly a third of male architects working full time in the UK earn more than £48,000, but less than a fifth of female equivalents earn that much.

The survey findings have been picked up and debated in The Telegraph, BBC News , The Evening Standard, and by columnist Janet Street-Porter in The Daily Mail.

Street-Porter wrote: ‘I believe that if women designed our cities and our shopping centres, they would be child and people friendly, stylish and welcoming, not brutal displays of machismo.’

To purchase tickets or a table for the AJ Women in Architecture Luncheon, held on the 22 March, click here

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