Essay by ssermen March 2005

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In Architecture

Of what historic and contemporary concern is it that the architecture

profession has been, and continues to be, strongly male dominated in Australia

(currently 90% of registered architects in NSW are men). Ideally, what

proportion of the profession should women occupy and why? From the start of

human history, we always experience certain level of inequality between sexes.

It can be seen everywhere around the world and is a concern to everyone, both

men and women. This inequality is an important issue within the workforce of

many professions, such as being an architect, landscape architect, city planners

and designers within the built environment. Industrial revolution is the onset

for women to become segregated from home, creating greater spatial division to

impact on gender roles. There is common concept between the relationship of

public and private space with male and female as described by Kate Lyons. This model represents the suburbanisation occurring in the late 19th

century and the early 20th century.

Many suburban women are forced within their

daily activities due to the constraints on accessibility and mobility in

low-density suburbs and lead to a feeling of being isolated from the inner city.

These constraints of this gender role affect the women's ability in the broader

professions within the built environment, as they were restricted at home.

"... Architects do not like to employ women in their offices; contractors

do not like to build from their plans; people with money to spend do not like to

entrust its expenditure to a woman." This is probably due to the fact that

women are kept at home without 'knowing much' of the 'outside world'; the design

professions have intrigued women into marginal roles. Architects and other

similar professional fields "have perceived women not as profession but as

passive clients."...