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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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July 17, 2002

A/E diversity means freedom to pursue dreams

  • An author, some activists and many architects work to ‘mainstream diversity.’
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    What does the glass ceiling look like? The following view from the perspective of a female Hispanic architect gives form to standard metaphor for a firm’s refusal to promote those who are different.

    Kathryn Anthony, "Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession," quotes a 31-year-old Latina/Asian American female: "If I were to draw a diagram of it, it wouldn’t be a horizontal glass ceiling. It would be stepped like a ziggurat, but each horizontal tier, which represents the level you’re at, gets longer and longer."

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