Andreya Veintimilla talks over plans for an office renovation with project manager Toby Olsen at OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)



Iowa architect firms have few women, fewer still as principals

Women in Architecture page 1_Page_1Roughly half of all architecture students are women. Yet, according to American Institute of Architect women accounted for only 15 percent of its licensed members in 2014. Even fewer women have leadership roles at their firms.

However, there seems to be a renewed focus on including and supporting women in the profession, with efforts generally geared toward helping employees find a better work/life balance and encouraging firms to incorporate family-friendly policies.

“We’re sort of hitting that critical mass of women in architecture, and some of these issues start to bubble up to the surface,” said Danielle Hermann, co-founder of Iowa Women in Architecture and an associate principal at OPN Architects in Des Moines. “… With this new generation, there’s also a greater focus on and a lot more conversation around the importance of work-life balance.”

Read more in The Gazette’s Feb. 17 article.