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Where Are the Women Architects? is the inaugural volume in the new series Places Books. Published by Princeton University Press in association with Places Journal, the series presents smart, lively titles on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Books are developed from selected Places articles, which are expanded into compact and accessible volumes with the aim of inciting dialogue across disciplines.

Where Are the Women Architects?

Princeton University Press

April 2016

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Where Are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos (book cover)

You might remember when Despina Stratigakos lit a fire on the internet with an insider’s look at the making of Architect Barbie. Or you might recall her landmark essay on writing women architects back into history, and the story she told of a (male) Wikipedia editor who tried to delete an entry on architect Thekla Schild within minutes of its creation. “He expressed doubt that Schild had ever existed,” Stratigakos wrote. “During the past 15 years of writing about women architects, I have certainly encountered dismissive attitudes toward the topic, but no one had ever denied the actual existence of my subjects.”

Since then, Wikipedia’s “List of Women Architects” has doubled, thanks to the efforts of activist groups like ArchiteXX and Parlour. At Places we continue our focus on the challenges that face Women in Architecture and the successes they have achieved. Best of all, those essays by Despina Stratigakos have been expanded into a book you can hold in your hands. Where Are the Women Architects? is a provocative and timely critique on the state of the profession.

For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? Where Are the Women Architects? tells the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

As we launch the new series Places Books with our colleagues at Princeton University Press, we uphold the proud tradition of public scholarship by creating an editorial space that bridges academic discourse and mainstream media, and populating it with some of the most rigorous and provocative writing today on architecture, landscape, urbanism, and the public realm. Places Books is an extension of our aim to incite dialogue across disciplines.