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Diversity in Architecture: What can Architectural Education and Practice Learn from Law?

Author: Sophie Mayer

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This article has been adapted from my dissertation entitled ‘Diversity in Architecture: What Can Architectural Education and Practice Learn from Law?’ The primary ambition is to bring together a multiplicity of voices from the legal and architectural professions to compare attitudes towards ethnic and gender diversity. The research interrogates case studies from the legal profession to determine if any of the diversity initiatives utilised by law could be adopted to disrupt the existing homogeneous culture that exists within architecture. The issues explored were framed by a series of interviews with students and practitioners from law and architecture; the results of an online survey answered by sixty-seven architecture students; and a literature review focussing on gender and ethnic representation in the legal and architectural professions. The landscape of diversity in architecture is ever-evolving. This article acknowledges this and is intended to act as a marker of 2021, to assess what is currently being done to combat the profession’s alarming lack of diversity.

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Mayer, S., (2022) “Diversity in Architecture: What can Architectural Education and Practice Learn from Law?”, field 8(1), 195–212.

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Published on
01 Mar 2022
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