Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession

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Providing hard data for trends that many perceive only vaguely and some deny altogether, Designing for Diversity reveals a profession rife with gender and racial discrimination and examines the aspects of architectural practice that hinder or support the full participation of women and persons of color.

Drawing on interviews and surveys of hundreds of architects, Kathryn H. Anthony outlines some of the forms of discrimination that recur in architecture, such as being confined to certain kinds of positions, typically interior design for women, government work for African Americans, and computer-aided design for Asian-American architects. Anthony discusses the profession's attitude toward flexible schedules and part-time contracts and identifies strategies that have helped underrepresented individuals advance in the profession.

Given the traditional mismatch between diverse consumers and predominantly white male producers of the built environment, plus the shifting population balance toward communities of color, Anthony contends that the architectural profession staves off true diversity at its own peril. Through her book, practicing architects, managers of firms, and educators will learn how to create conditions more welcoming to a diversity of users as well as designers of the built environment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780252026416
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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