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Walters and Cohen: attrition of women is a key issue facing profession

Women are often the best students at university, yet are under-represented in practice, say former AJ Women in Architecture Award winners Walters and Cohen

The architects, of Walters & Cohen, say the high rate of attrition of women architects is a key issue for the profession, and that the AJ Women in Architecture awards can help raise awareness of the problem.

‘There is much talk about the high rate of attrition in the industry,’ Walters and Cohen said.

‘Women are often the best students in schools of architecture and are massively under-represented in the profession; anything that encourages women to stay in the profession after qualifying should be supported and encouraged.

‘The Women in Architecture Awards can help to raise awareness of this key issue facing our profession.’

Cindy Walters and Michál Cohen jointly won the inaugural Woman Architect of the Year award in 2012.

‘Winning the award was a huge honour; the exposure and recognition has been very good for our practice,’ they said. ‘We were surprised and delighted to win.’

The Women in Architecture awards, sponsored by Roca, are now in their second year. 

Barbara Weiss, of Barbara Weiss Architects, said: ‘The awards have done a lot this year to highlight the work of a large number of very talented and competent women architects, largely unknown to the general public or even within the profession.

‘It is very important that this awareness should be built on, year on year.’

The deadline for entries to this year’s Women In Architecture Awards is 11 January.

Information on how to enter the AJ Women in Awards


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