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Hadid blames dearth of female architects on the demands of family life

August 22 2012

Hadid blames dearth of female architects on the demands of family life
Influential architect Zaha Hadid has spoken out against the lack of female architects via a stint on CNN’s Leading Women, claiming that it is “not possible” for women to balance work, home and children.

Hadid told the programme: “I think that women once they became more liberated they want to do everything themselves. You know the woman has to do everything. Work, do the house, the child and I think it's not possible there is too much to do.”

Recalling her own personal battles Hadid revealed that initially she didn’t care to be labeled as a ‘woman architect’ at all, an attitude informed by male colleagues who used to “tap me on the head and say you are ok for a girl.”

Confirming that she is now comfortable with the sobriquet Hadid concluded: “But I see the incredible amount of kind of need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don't mind that at all.”

The comments come as campaign group Women in Property revealed that women account for just 15% of those employed in property and construction.


#1 Posted by dirige on 22 Aug 2012 at 12:14 PM
Things are changing though, in my years at the Mac, -just- over half of the students were female.
#2 Posted by ladybird on 22 Aug 2012 at 13:42 PM
Yes! just as it was in my year (more than several years ago).... and I have watched the majority of my female colleagues meet someone (usually an architect!) - marry.. have children..and drop off the radar. Ms Hadid is correct - its simply not possible to have it all. Very telling that she has never married or had children.
#3 Posted by Les on 22 Aug 2012 at 15:23 PM
University intake is approx. 50/50, yet women are grossly under-represented both in practice and in the institutes that represent architectural practice. We have to get to grips with why & when there is this drop-off.
#4 Posted by wonky on 24 Aug 2012 at 19:38 PM
Miss or Mrs (?) Hadid does have a lovely dark ring though.

It looks like a miniature Highland targe.

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