Using this year’s WA100 list of the world’s one hundred largest architectural practices, Dezeen calculated the percentage of women in the most senior positions within each company, to mark International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March, 2022.
Dezeen’s findings revealed that while significant industry-wide progress is being made, the average practice is likely to have just under three women in senior positions for every 10 men. Dezeen reports a 60 per cent improvement over the past five years. This is up from just 18 per cent five years ago, to 29 per cent this year.
Hyphen is one of just 12 practices in the WA100 with women occupying 40 per cent or more of the senior roles, and one of 36 with a better gender balance than the survey average of 29 per cent.
Viewed as a whole, we have 158 employees across our eight offices in Europe and Latin America, 85 of which are female. This means that 54 per cent of our staff are female, up from 50 per cent in 2021.
Eddie Miles, CEO at Hyphen commented, “I am encouraged to see that Dezeen’s survey shows the gender balance across leadership roles to be improving and I am pleased that Hyphen’s commitment to equal opportunity shows through in these figures. The profession for many years was male dominated but as gender-balanced student cohorts have trained, qualified and moved through the profession, we are now seeing a better representation of women in senior roles.
“The Dezeen survey looked only at senior roles, but here at Hyphen more than half our entire team are female and our focus on career development and progression from within means that more and more women will have opportunities to reach the highest levels.
“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to recognise the professional achievements of our female colleagues and should serve as a timely reminder of how important it is to take gender bias seriously – not just today but every day.”