Texts sent by Elena Navarro Astor

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The precarious position of women in architecture is well documented, but previous work has focused on single-country analyses, which, although valuable, do not allow the transfer of ideas or aid a deeper understanding of practice. Drawing on data obtained from 66 in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews carried out with women architects in three European countries, the UK, Spain and France, we report on the “usurpatory” strategies and instances of resigned accommodation of female architects practising in different political, social and economic systems. Our findings show stark differences in the experiences of the women in each country, with Spanish women identifying greater levels of overt discrimination, the French women enjoying greater levels of equality and the UK women adopting a broad range of “usurpatory” strategies.

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