Since Zaha Hadid’s death two weeks ago, we’ve been thinking a lot about her legacy. Hadid’s accomplishments in architecture are impressive not only because of her innovative designs, but because she succeeded in a male-dominated profession, and undoubtedly experienced sexism along the way. In our webcomic, Architexts, we use humor to cope with various aspects and stereotypes of the architectural profession, including negative ones. With our forthcoming book, Architects, LOL, we hope to share the stories--your stories--that paint a more realistic picture of the profession, rather than an idealistic one that most of us can only dream of.
Sometimes, that reality sucks. In our comic, the fictional office of Franklin + Newbury Architects has two women on the architectural staff, both of whom have experienced sexism while there, and sometimes the way they have dealt with it has produced humorous results.
Zaha Hadid said earlier this year, “I am judged a lot more harshly because I am a woman.” In an interview last year, she said: “sexist comments are made in my industry all the time.” This week, we encourage our female readers to sign up to participate in our new book, so they can share with us how they’ve experienced sexism and how they’ve handled themselves.