I Am the 5%
I am the 5%: minority-woman-architect. If I was of different descent I may even represent less than 5% of the profession.
If you have been out of the loop, you may have missed the growing coverage regarding the lack of diversity in Architecture. Denise Scott Brown fueled the fires in March of this year at an awards ceremony for Women in Architecture when she stated that it was time she share the 1991 Pritzker Prize given to her husband and firm partner, Robert Venturi.
Following her comment, the Women in Design organization at the Harvard GSD formed a petition at Change.org to have Denise Scott Brown recognized. The outcry was so large that it spurred articles in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Sam Lubel followed-up with a great editorial at the Architect’s Newspaper, and Cathleen McGuigan, editor of Architectural Record, talked about Women and the Changing World of Architecture in a lecture given Loeb Fellow colleagues at the Harvard GSD. At the time of this article, the petition has earned more than 12,633 supporters, including past Pritzker Prize winners Zaha Hadid and husband Robert Venturi himself.