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Barlett unit makes gender history

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An undergraduate unit at the Bartlett has made history by being the first at the faculty to have more women signed up than men, it has emerged.

Unit 6, which is run by AJ 40 Under 40 architects Ben Addy and Stuart Piercy at UCL's famous architecture department, is navigating uncharted water by attracting 10 female students compared to seven men.

The news will be welcomed by those hoping to ramp up female interest in the profession. The RIBA's membership summary report dated 24 November 2005 revealed that there are now 2,858 female chartered architects in the UK, compared to a staggering 20,761 male ones.

However, the number of student members of the RIBA is more evenly matched between the sexes. As of November 2005, there were 3,091 female student members compared to 4,568 males.

The unit's brief explores the transient relationship between land and sea, specifically a section of Suffolk coastline at risk of flooding.

by Rob Sharp

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