And yet, it is typically perceived as a bastion of male tradition with a significant gender gap. Lower salaries, combined with fewer career building opportunities, have discouraged talented females from entering the field.
In fact, though nearly half of all architectural school graduates are women, they account for less than 20% of licensed practitioners.
In spite of those statistics, there are many famous female architects who, over the years, have bucked the system, making an indelible imprint on the aesthetics of our world. With their passion and exceptional talent, the women on the list below are but a few of an ever-growing number of women who are changing the face of a male dominated profession while adding grace, beauty and innovation to the landscape.
5 Famous Female Architects
Lina Lo Bardi
Hoping to break down barriers, advocacy groups and professional organizations, like the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission, are now interceding with new policies that support inclusion. Their mission is to pave the way for a future that celebrates the gifts of architects as richly diverse as the populations they serve.