Referring to Paul Hyett's article on women in architecture and the construction industry, (AJ 23.4.98), as a female architecture student I have come up against many barriers in achieving my degree. Prior to submitting my ucas application form, I was forced to undertake a week's work experience in an architectural department, to show that I understood what was involved.
While studying, I came across lecturers and fellow students who felt 'girls' could not be dedicated enough to become architects. Even when requesting information from companies advertised in the aj and other construction industry literature, I have come across many companies who assume one must be male. Some have even replied Helen Buchanan, Dear Sir. This may be a standard letter, but is it so much trouble to address letters Dear Sir/Madam? All we ask for is to be treated as equal. We do not want special allowances, just a fair opportunity.