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AJ100 analysis: Women and diversity

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The AJ100 is more diverse than ever, but its architects are nevertheless 89 per cent white and 70 per cent male

2016.09.07   AJ100 Graphs   Male Female

2016.09.07 AJ100 Graphs Male Female

At 2,060, the number of female architects employed by the AJ100 practices is the highest it has ever been. Proportionally, the UK’s largest 100 firms do better than the national average too – 30 per cent of the architects they employ are women. Just 25 per cent of the ARB register is made up of female architects.

However, the proportion of women qualified architects employed by the nation’s largest firms has risen by just 1 per cent compared with last year (29 per cent in 2015). Contrast this with statistics from last summer that showed

41 per cent of all new applicants to the ARB register were women.

I am always shocked when check who is running a large practice and see a majority of white, middle-aged men

And, while there are some practices at the vanguard of equality – Formation Architects for instance has more female qualified architects than male – there are others with a very low percentage of women architects (Michael Laird Architects – 7 per cent; TODD Architects – 10 per cent; Rolfe Judd – 10 per cent).

Property and architectural business consultant Lucy Mori says the figures highlight a lack of progress in redressing the gender imbalance.

‘There were 30 per cent women in my architecture class in 1985,’ she says. ‘I am always shocked when I look at large practices’ websites, check who is running the business and see a majority of white, middle-aged men. There is a very strong business case for having a more diverse management.’  

Nor has there been much movement in the proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic architects – again an increase of less than one percentage point to 11 per cent of architects.

2016.09.07   AJ100 Graphs   Black Asian Minority Ethnic

2016.09.07 AJ100 Graphs Black Asian Minority Ethnic

 

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