Recent surveys have noted the drop in the percentage of women who study architecture versus those who are in practice, a number that goes down even further when you look at the number of firm partners and principals who are women. While it is difficult to pinpoint why this is happening, one thing we know for sure is that we can help the cause by providing mentorship to the young women currently transitioning into the profession from graduate school.
We are preparing a seminar directed at recent grads and young professionals who intend on practicing architecture, landscape architecture and/or interior design. We aim to show this group who we are, how we got to where we are, and what we do! This is the third year we are running the program as it has proven to be a success. It is important that students and young professionals have this kind of exposure to women who are leaders in the profession and have founded award winning practices. Previously the seminar was hosted by the University of Toronto and Ryerson, but this year we are hosting it off site with BEAT as the key facilitator.