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

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

by Kathryn H. Anthony
 

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ISBN-10: 0252073959

ISBN-13: 9780252073953

Pub. Date: 10/22/2007

Publisher: University of Illinois Press


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

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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 most frequently in architecture: being offered added responsibility without a commensurate rise in position, salary, or credit; not being allowed to engage in client contact, field experience, or construction supervision; and 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, part-time contracts, and the demands of family and identifies strategies that have helped underrepresented individuals advance in the profession, especially establishing a strong relationship with a mentor. She also observes a strong tendency for underrepresented architects to leave mainstream practice, either establishing their own firms, going into government or corporate work, or abandoning the field altogether.

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. Designing for Diversity argues convincingly that improving the climate for nontraditional architects will do much to strengthen architecture as a profession. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252073953
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
10/22/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: What If...?     1
Diversity in Design     11
Women as Consumers, Creators, and Critics of the Built Environment     36
Sexual Orientation, Race, and Ethnicity     70
Networks of Power     93
Gateways and Roadblocks to Architectural Practice     114
Obstacles in the Architectural Workplace     133
Succeeding in the Architectural Workplace     166
Diversifying Design     178
Appendixes
Methodology     209
A Portrait of Survey Respondents     215
Notes     217
Index     243

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