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Female architects 'face discrimination'

Female architects 'face discrimination'

Sexual discrimination is becoming more of an issue for women working in the architecture industry, according to the latest AJ Women in Architecture survey, which revealed that two-thirds of female architects have suffered from negative attitudes towards them because of their gender.

Some 31 per cent of respondents said this was a monthly or quarterly occurrence, while 11 per cent felt they encountered discrimination on a weekly basis throughout their career, reports the Architect's Journal.

The number of women who felt they had been affected by these issues is up by eight percentage points since the first survey was launched in 2011, and has increased by three points since 2012.

"Women don’t have a high level of confidence. This, combined with lower self-esteem can put women at higher risk of experiencing sexual discrimination. It is sad that we have to be ‘tough’ to make it into this profession. It shouldn’t be like this," a female architect told the news provider.

Worryingly, some two-thirds of female respondents felt that the building industry has yet to accept the authority of women architects, with almost half of the men questioned agreeing with this statement.

This shared perception could explain why fewer females are allowed to reach the top of the profession, with concerns still in place that they will not be able to command the same respect as their male counterparts.

Furthermore, several respondents highlighted the fact that there are still a real lack of women in senior roles, meaning levels of support and precedent are low for female architects aiming for promotion to the boardroom.

"I have never felt discriminated by clients or contractors but I have from my own profession," another respondent told the magazine.

Bullying is also a problem in profession, across the gender divide - a previous report found that 29 per cent of men have been bullied while working in architecture, with 38 per cent of women reporting the same problem.