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Celebrating the Collective: Reflections on Gender, Diversity, the Visual, and an Attempt to Capture a Communal Portrait of the Architecture Profession in Australia

Celebrating the Collective: Reflections on Gender, Diversity, the Visual, and an Attempt to... AbstractThis paper reflects upon an attempt to challenge dominant perceptions of what an architect “looks like,” and to debunk clichés about who architects are, through the visual documentation of a collective portrait of the profession. The project documented the participants at a specific architectural event at a particular historic moment – in Sydney, Australia. Rather than emphasizing the particularity of individual architectural “authors,” the photographic series displayed a cross-section of the Australian architectural community – anonymously and without hierarchy – incorporating its “behind-the-scenes” participants on the same plane as its “stars.” This paper examines the motivations behind the original photographic documentation, and reflects upon the subsequent reframing and exhibition of the work as part of an advocacy project, addressing gender equity in architecture. Despite the longstanding and significant contributions of women in Australian architecture, and given that high-profile, authorial positions in architecture are more likely to be occupied by men, the paper conjectures that the category of the “behind-the-scenes worker’ in architecture is, itself, gendered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Celebrating the Collective: Reflections on Gender, Diversity, the Visual, and an Attempt to Capture a Communal Portrait of the Architecture Profession in Australia

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (1): 22 – Jan 2, 2018

Celebrating the Collective: Reflections on Gender, Diversity, the Visual, and an Attempt to Capture a Communal Portrait of the Architecture Profession in Australia

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (1): 22 – Jan 2, 2018

Abstract

AbstractThis paper reflects upon an attempt to challenge dominant perceptions of what an architect “looks like,” and to debunk clichés about who architects are, through the visual documentation of a collective portrait of the profession. The project documented the participants at a specific architectural event at a particular historic moment – in Sydney, Australia. Rather than emphasizing the particularity of individual architectural “authors,” the photographic series displayed a cross-section of the Australian architectural community – anonymously and without hierarchy – incorporating its “behind-the-scenes” participants on the same plane as its “stars.” This paper examines the motivations behind the original photographic documentation, and reflects upon the subsequent reframing and exhibition of the work as part of an advocacy project, addressing gender equity in architecture. Despite the longstanding and significant contributions of women in Australian architecture, and given that high-profile, authorial positions in architecture are more likely to be occupied by men, the paper conjectures that the category of the “behind-the-scenes worker’ in architecture is, itself, gendered.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2017.1417093
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper reflects upon an attempt to challenge dominant perceptions of what an architect “looks like,” and to debunk clichés about who architects are, through the visual documentation of a collective portrait of the profession. The project documented the participants at a specific architectural event at a particular historic moment – in Sydney, Australia. Rather than emphasizing the particularity of individual architectural “authors,” the photographic series displayed a cross-section of the Australian architectural community – anonymously and without hierarchy – incorporating its “behind-the-scenes” participants on the same plane as its “stars.” This paper examines the motivations behind the original photographic documentation, and reflects upon the subsequent reframing and exhibition of the work as part of an advocacy project, addressing gender equity in architecture. Despite the longstanding and significant contributions of women in Australian architecture, and given that high-profile, authorial positions in architecture are more likely to be occupied by men, the paper conjectures that the category of the “behind-the-scenes worker’ in architecture is, itself, gendered.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2018

Keywords: architecture; architect; professional identity; gender; diversity; photography; portrait; collective

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