Scarpa, Ian- its not so cut and dried. I lived it and I will write about the 'playing field', such as it is. No, women do divide their time between family/home life AND a stimulating career in Architecture, but there is a cost to one's health, physical and mental, not to mention a rousing sex life, anyone in the biz after a day of problem solving at this high level, even with the lubricant of a stiff vodka Martini- is exhausted. Men, in such a demanding career, can be all in- while women cannot. MANY of my successful colleagues opted for NO children- that's a start, unless one enslaves another woman to mind, feed and raise her children while she produces some mighty fine built form. From where I have sat, around board room tables, Men just don't like a Woman who has the gift of designing and the POWER to act like a Queen Bee and slay everyone to shut the eff up, and stand back and watch while they create (all hail Zaha).
Yes it's grim. The tuition is 'juicy' for Universities,especially for foreign students. And how well I know that "Third Year crunch". The whole gig needs an overhaul. NOT everyone was born to d-e-s-i-g-n. 2% are very good at it, the rest are the sell-out wannabes ruining the profession and our civilization. Look at Dubai.