Parlour Research and Data Analysis

12 November 2018

New data analysis by Parlour’s Gill Matthewson shows that we’ve seen some improvement in the stats for women architects, particularly registration and business ownership, but the gender pay gap persists and it’s clear there is still much work to be done.

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Parlour’s first portrayal of women in the profession was published in 2012 and revealed the devastating loss of women from architecture’s senior levels. Published in late October, Parlour’s new Census Report 2001–2016 updates the statistical picture with data from four censuses, documenting change over the twenty-first century.

Parlour reports big increases in participation in some areas, and incremental growth in others. The largest jump is in registration – women are becoming registered at rates that nearly match graduation, and women comprise all the recent growth on the registers. There is also evidence that, in recent years, senior women have stayed in the profession at equal rates to their male counterparts.  And yet the pay gap persists, and other indicators show many women continue to experience gender-based bias in architecture.

Parlour invites practitioners, practices, institutions and all others involved in the profession to download the reports, read them, and explore how they can put this data to work and help create a more equitable and inclusive profession.

You can download the full Census Report here or watch Gill Matthewson’s analysis of the data.

Photo: Peter Bennetts.