Architects operate in an intensely visual world, and as such visual markers can be seen as keys to their identity, work processes, and practices. Despite the many clichés, how architects dress and the workplaces they operate within are critical indicators of culture, of individual and collective identity – as creative, and as gendered. The image of an architect, the image of a woman architect, and the image of the architectural office as workplace, thus emerge as central to the concerns of a large research project investigating gender equity and women’s participation in the Australian architecture profession. This chapter reflects on two bodies of visual research related to that project – investigating the architectural workplace and architects as professionals. Despite a long and active history in Australian architecture, women architects still tend to be less ‘visible’ than their male counterparts, and to cluster in the lower levels of the profession. There are also many women working in the field who do not appear in conventional measures of professional participation – that is, they are almost entirely invisible. Employing tools and concepts drawn from visual sociology, this chapter analyses photographic images through the lens of identity, belonging, and the quotidian aspects of architectural work. Questions of persona and performance, and the gendered workplace in architecture, all equally emerge.
|Title of host publication||Non-Standard Architectural Productions|
|Subtitle of host publication||Between Aesthetic Experience and Social Action|
|Editors||Sandra Karina Loschke|
|Place of Publication||Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|