Maternity leave and more flexible working hours are essential if those with families are to progress with careers in architecture. This is what architect Billie Tsien recently told Dezeen in a piece about making space for families in order to improve gender equality in architecture. According to Tsien, the biggest issue of inequality for women in the profession is the lack of federally mandated childcare, forcing them to choose between their families and their careers.
“Why do women leave the profession? Because somehow or other we are faced with the question of having a family or our profession, that should not be a question,” says Tsien.
She highlights the importance of maternity leave, with pay, for both women and men. “It’s also a general understanding that if there is an issue with something to do with your family, you can always leave to go home and take care of it. That gives people a sense of comfort.”