Gender bias in architecture is not something conjured up out of the blue. For anyone who thinks men and women have equal footing in the field, here are some sobering facts: 42% of graduates from the nation’s architecture schools are women, but only 26% of current practitioners are; and just 17% of the principals and partners in architectural firms are women.
Building teams that are diverse centers around collaboration, respect, teamwork, flexibility, and stamina and leads to success. Seeing a woman in a leadership role makes it easy for women—and candidates of other under-represented groups—to believe they will find acceptance and support. And don’t worry that diverse leaders will discriminate against men; we did not get to positions of leadership without knowing how to get along in a white male–dominated industry.