we, associations of women architects, work to develop an equal and heterogeneous environment in architecture.
international campaign advocating equal presence and participation of men and women architects
awareness campaign for a fair representation of gender in architecture
After the publication of their first digital book ARCHITETTE = WOMEN ARCHITECTS in May 2018, the team of digital activists confirms its commitment to combat discrimination in the architecture profession. RebelArchitette is presenting a statistics report on the presence of female speakers at architecture events over the last two years and is launching the hashtag #timefor50, the symbol of this new campaign in the name of equal representation in the design world.
“Women are a majority in the world, yet they are still a minority in architecture. We want the world we live in to be better reflected in this profession”. Voices of women Team and RebelArchitette are acting on the undertaking made in the official manifesto launched at the flash mob organized to coincide with the opening of Venice Biennale 2018.
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In Italy, the number of women architects, members of professional associations is increasing considerably. Among the under 30s women outnumber men, and in Lombardy, women already account for 44,7% of the total membership(**). This is the reason why a lack of female role models in public events can no longer be tolerated. Francesca Perani, who elaborated the document, asserts that the pool of professional women to draw from is vast and must be translated into real visibility for women in the professional field.
Considering that the times are ripe for equal representation of male and female professionals – in particular keeping the younger generations in mind –, RebelArchitette launched the campaign #timefor50 (time for equality), aiming to raise the level of awareness in both public and private bodies involved in the promotion of events related to architecture. RebelArchitette is also engaged in active monitoring, and invite anyone to participate in it by sending alerts via the hashtag #timefor50.
The open-source book Architette=Women Architects 1⁄2 Here We Are! was self-published as a tool for this purpose: exceptional figures in national and international architecture, 365 women architects that can be called on to participate in events and become female role models for the new – and not so new – generations. In a single year, the book was read by over 6800 international users, in particular in Italy, United States, India, United Kingdom, and Australia. We consider it our duty to encourage the next generation of architects and provide them with an inclusive and diversified landscape for reference. We count on the support of an ever-increasing number of male and female colleagues.
Anna Serafini & Cinzia Bigoni, team RebelArchitette – november 2018
After analyzing more than 400 events in the field of architecture held in Italy between 2017 and 2018, the group RebelArchitette, who are becoming increasingly active also internationally (*), collated and processed the data in a statistic report (coordinated by Anna Serafini and Cinzia Bigoni).
The report is available in open source, and it reveals a discouraging scenario when it comes to the visibility of female speakers at architecture events.
The overall total of invited speakers was 3823, of which 2826 (74%) were male and 994 (26%) female. The data collected related to 411 national conferences, 203 organized by private bodies, 208 by professional associations (Bologna, Ferrara, Firenze, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Turin), and CNAPPC ( National Council of Planning, Landscaping and Conservation architects).
No female professional took part in 153 events, which is 37% of all the conferences taken into consideration. In these cases, the total number of male speakers invited to an individual event was 20. Only in 48 events (12% of the total), the number of professional women participating was equal or higher than that of males. Only 10 events had all-female panels, and, in those cases, the maximum number of invited speakers was 2. Specifically, private organizations were more virtuous than public bodies, granting more visibility to female guests. Despite the more significant amount of events (272) held in Northern Italy, consideration for the participation of women was less evident than in Central & Southern Italy.
IN THE PRESS
(**) In Lombardy as like as in the rest of Italy, men in architecture are more than women. Overall in Lombardy, there are 12,356 women and 15,268 men architects. In Milan, for example, among architects over 50, men are 3,363 and women 2,034. However, younger generations are bucking the trend; in fact, the situation is drastically different among the under 30s, where women outnumber men from 380 to 255.
From the PRESS RELEASE, 29 June 2018 – Drafted following the report published by CNAPPC, national professional association, to launch the eight National Conference of Italian Architects in early June 2018.
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Caterina Pilar Palumbo
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just another way to join #timefor50
ADVOCATING FOR EQUALITY IS A RESPONSIBILITY WOMEN AND MEN HAVE TOWARDS NEW GENERATION OF PROFESSIONALS.
this is why in October 2019 we decided to add a new tool to the international campaign: #RETOTEBAGREVOLUTION
Give a new life to your old tote-bags, adding a female role model on the unprinted side!
You have 2 options:
come around our headquarter or join us in our next talks. We will iron transfer a woman architect on your bag
Send us a photo of you wearing a light cotton tote bag on the unprinted side.
We will digitally add the name of an architect who has already been mentioned on our E-BOOK of 365 WomenArchitects or new identified profiles, also belonging to academic, research, activism fields.
You can also advise the one who is inspiring you the most.
The bag also features :
WOMEN'S TALENT TURNS ME ON / JOIN TIMEFOR50
An open, desecrating naughty way to declare our support to outstanding women in the professions.
We will post the photo on our channels showing how vital a pop-collaborative attitude is to counter the sense of competition prevalent in architecture.
Many women and men have already joined, in support of female talent still discriminated against, especially in public events
PHOTO CREDITS Rebelarchitette