'I am not a Female Architect, I am an Architect.'
In merriment of International Women’s Day earlier this year, many inspiring women from all different fields were celebrated for a number of different things. Being honoured in such a way was a real privilege in the eyes of many women, except one.
Dorte Mandrup, Danish architect extraordinaire, stood up for her beliefs after being included in Dezeen’s list of top 50 inspirational female architects. Even though Mandrup was flattered by the gesture, she believes that promotion of women in this way should come to an end. ‘Allow me to explain.’ Mandrup declares, ‘I am not a female architect, I am an architect.’ The Danish architect wants to bring to our attention that when the topic of gender crops up it is only women which are discussed, not men. Men are never considered as ‘male architects’ they are simply ‘architects’, so why should it not be the same for women?
Don’t you agree with Dorte Mandrup and feel as though it is about time that men and woman deserve to be regarded within the same boundaries?