Here’s how many women lead the world’s biggest architecture firms

They occupy only 10% of highest-ranking jobs at the 100 largest design shops

TRD New York /
Nov.November 17, 2017 02:35 PM

Partners at the Bjarke Ingels Group (credit: BIG)

Only three of the world’s largest architecture firms are headed by women, according to a new survey.

Dezeen surveyed the 100 largest firms worldwide, finding that women occupied only 10 percent of the highest-ranking jobs at these companies. The three firms run by women are all Scandinavian: Tengbom and White Arkitekter of Sweden, and Henning Larsen of Denmark.

Six other firms are led by senior teams made up of both men and women: Gensler, Perkins Eastman, UNStudio, the Bjarke Ingels Group, Wilmotte & Associés and Morphogenesis.

“It’s interesting too that there seem to be practically no women holding creative director or lead designer positions,” architect Dorte Mandrup, who runs her own studio in Denmark, told Dezeen. “The women that are at top positions have administrative or CEO roles backing up a male star.”

Last year, The Real Deal dove into the lack of diversity in the commercial real estate world. [Dezeen] — Kathryn Brenzel 

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