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Survey of top architecture firms reveals "quite shocking" lack of gender diversity at senior levels

Just three of the world's 100 biggest architecture firms are headed by women and only two have management teams that are more than 50 per cent female, a survey by Dezeen has revealed.

The survey found that women occupy just 10 per cent of the highest-ranking jobs at the world's leading architecture firms, while 16 firms have no women at all in senior positions.

Our research, which is based on data available on the practices' own websites, reveals that just one in 10 of top-level roles, including CEOs, COOs, presidents and senior partners, at the 100 biggest international firms are female.

Update: read responses to the survey from leading female architects

Architect Dorte Mandrup, who runs her own studio in Denmark, described the findings as "quite shocking".

"It's interesting too that there seem to be practically no woman holding creative director or lead designer positions," she added. "The women that are at top positions have administrative or CEO roles backing up a male star."

Screenshot from the website of Danish firm Henning Larsen, which is one of just three offices in the top 100 headed by a woman

To compile the data, Dezeen visited the website of each of the 100 biggest architecture firms in the world, as listed in the 2017 edition of the respected World Architecture 100 (subscription website) table of international practices ranked by size.

Many firms proudly list their senior staff on their websites, along with photos and brief biographies. In many cases the senior roles are overwhelmingly held by men and in many cases architects' staff pages consist of dozens and dozens of male faces, occasionally punctuated by a female.

Women lead only three of the world's 100 biggest architecture firms

Only three of the 100 companies are headed by a woman. All three of these firms are Scandinavian: Tengbom and White Arkitekter of Sweden, and Henning Larsen of Denmark all have female CEOs.

Six more firms are run by a senior team consisting of both a woman and a man. These are Gensler, Perkins Eastman, Wilmotte & Associés, UNStudio, Morphogenesis and BIG.

Screenshot from the website of Gensler, one of just six firms in the top 100 headed by a man and a woman

Just two firms have management teams that are more than half female. These are White Arkiteker and Tengbom, whose leadership teams and senior staff are 56 per cent and 78 per cent respectively.

Sixteen of the companies we surveyed had no women at all in senior positions. These included well-known firms such as UK-based Atkins and US firm Populous.

Other firms without a single senior woman are Nikkon Sekkei of Japan, Stantec of Canada, SmithGroupJJR of the USA, Haeahn of South Korea, Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei of Japan, Sunjin of South Korea, IDOM of Spain, Leo A Daly of the USA, National Engineering Bureau of the UAE, AXS Satow Inc of Japan, GVA of Mexico, CP Kukreja Architects of India, and Gomez Vazquez International of Mexico.

Many others are overwhelmingly male. UK firm Foster + Partners for example, the 14th-biggest practice in the world, has 10 senior executive partners, all of which are men, and 18 senior partners, only one of which is female.

UK firm Foster + Parters has 10 executive partners, all of which are men

Percentage of women decreases steadily at each ascending tier of management

Our research shows that the percentage of women decreases steadily at each ascending tier of management. As already noted, only three of the 100 companies are headed by a woman while just 10 per cent of the very highest leadership positions are held by women.

At the management tier below the top tier – consisting of mainly board members, principals, senior partners and directors – the figure rises to 20 per cent. At the next level down, consisting of roles such as partners and team leaders, women make up 21 per cent of the workforce.

Across all senior and middle management tiers in all 100 companies, women hold 18 per cent of positions.

UK firm Scott Brownrigg has an all-male executive board

By comparison, recent figures published by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards show that 36 per cent of people entering the architecture profession in the USA are women, while just under one in five certificate-holding architects are women.

In the UK, 39 per cent of new architects entering the profession last year were women, yet the number of proportion of architects working in the country is about a quarter.

Figures reveal "old-school thinking" and imply "a prejudice within firms"

"Women architects are not being recognised in these large commercial firms, which is a loss for both," said Angela Brady, director at London studio Brady Mallalieu Architects and former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

"The lack of women at the top to me implies a prejudice within the firm," she continued. "My advice to the larger firms is to redress the balance and add talented women architects to your top director level. You will benefit in many ways. If you don’t you will be regarded as old fashioned, out of date and not great people to do business with."

"I am always disappointed to read surveys that show such a disparity of female to male representation at a senior level," added Sadie Morgan, co-founder of architecture firm dRMM.

"There is enough credible evidence now showing that a better and more diverse senior team makes for a more successful business. It seems counter intuitive for practices to continue with an outdated mode of working and not try to address this issue."

Haeahn of South Korea does not have a single woman in its senior team

Dara Huang, who heads architecture studio Design Haus Liberty, said the figures revealed "old-school thinking".

"It's not that women are less capable," she said. "It's a cultural attitude thinking that women and mothers are ineffective employees and are less committed or not as strong.  This further shuts out women in the organisation."

The research was prompted by the furore earlier this year over the gender balance of the partners at BIG. Bjarke Ingels posted a photo of the 12-strong team on Instagram, triggering a furious backlash over the fact that only one of them is female.

However, BIG emerges as one of the better firms in terms of gender balance, since it has a female CEO working alongside founding partner and chairman Bjarke Ingels, meaning the top tier of management is half female. Across all senior tiers, including partners, CXOs, directors and associates, BIG is 44 per cent female, with 14 out of 32 positions occupied by women.

It was following this story that Dezeen decided to look into the gender balance at senior level in other firms.

Survey is based on publicly available information on each firm's website

We looked at the World Architecture 100 (WA100) list to identify the world's 100 biggest architecture firms. Using publicly available information on each firm's website, we counted the percentage of female staff at the highest tier of management, including presidents, founders, chairs and other senior roles including "C-suite" positions including CEOs, COOs and so on.

We also noted down figures for the next tier down and the one after that. Each firm has a different structure and uses different job titles, but the hierarchy is usually made fairly clear on the firm's website. There were only four companies that displayed no information about their management teams.

We then contacted every company we could, apart from a few that provided no contact details, and asked them to verify the information visible on their websites. We then followed up with a second email.

Surprisingly few companies got back to us. We only heard from 27 of the 91 we managed to contact. A handful provided additional information including details of their equality policies, statements or details of initiatives designed to increase diversity.

Since we first started compiling the data, several of the companies have updated the details on their websites, changed URLs or even deleted web pages. We have tried to update our information accordingly but inevitably some figures will quickly go out of date. But the figures are as accurate as we could make them and we believe that our research provides a representative snapshot of the gender balance in the profession's larger firms today.

Below is the data for each of the 100 companies, in alphabetical order:


10 DESIGN
UK

Managing partners: two men
Partners/directors: five women, nine men

10 DESIGN is a UK-based firm comprised of architectural, urban, landscape, and interior designers, and CGI specialists.

According to its website, both managing partners are male. There are five female and nine male partners. Therefore, the proportion of women listed on 10 DESIGN's "people" page is 12.5 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm our findings.

www.10design.co/profile/people


AECOM
USA

Chairman and chief executive officer: man
Leadership team: two women, eight men
Board of directors: two women, seven men

Employing around 1,500 architects, AECOM is the third largest firm in the world according to the WA100. The California-based firm has appeared in Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies for the last three years.

The firm is headed by a male chairman and chief executive officer. Beneath him is an 11-strong leadership team, three of which are female. There is also a board made up of two women and seven men. In total, the people listed on the "Aecom leadership" page are 20 per cent female.

At the time of publication, AECOM had not responded to our emails to confirm these figures were up to date.

phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=131318&p=irol-govManage


Aedas
China

Chairman: man
Global board: one woman, 10 men
Directors: seven women, 53 male

Founded in Hong Kong in 1985, Global architecture firm Aedas employs 1,400 people across the practice's 12 international offices. The company is listed on the WA100 as the ninth biggest architecture firm in the world.

The firm has a male chairman supported by a global board made up of 11 people, of which one is female. It has 60 directors, out of which seven are female. These figures, which are slightly different from those on the Aedas website, were provided by the firm. Overall the proportion of women at senior level is 11 per cent.

www.aedas.com/en/about-us/our-people/global-board


AHR
UK

Managing director: three men
Directors: four women, 27 men
Regional directors: four women, 13 men

AHR has around 400 total members of staff working across its eight UK offices and other bases in Moscow, Warsaw, Kazakhstan and the Middle East.

According to its website, the practice is headed by three managing directors who are both male. There are four female directors/associate directors and 27 males. There are four female regional directors and 13 male. Therefore, the proportion of women at senior level is 16 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.ahr-global.com/people


AIDEA
Philippines

CEO and executive director: man
Executive team: three women, four men
Board of directors, including chairman: seven men

AIDEA was established in Alaska in 1967, where it is still based. The company is led by a male CEO and executive director. There are a further four men on the executive team, and three women. There are seven men of the company's board of directors. The combined proportion of women listed on the "board" and "executive team" section of its website is 20 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.aidea.org/about/board
www.aidea.org/About/ExecutiveTeam.aspx


Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
UK

Directors: four men
Associate directors: five women, 10 men
Associates: three women, 14 men

Established in 1989, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is a London-based architecture practice with offices in Bristol and Amsterdam. It employs 209 architects.

According to its website, all four directors at the firm are male. There are five female associate directors and 10 male, as well as three female associates and 14 men. The proportion of women at director, associate director and associate level is 22 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our email to confirm these figures at the time of publication.

www.ahmm.co.uk/people


Allies and Morrison
UK

Founders: two men
Managing partner: woman
Partners: one woman, 14 men

UK architecture practice Allies and Morrison was established in 1984, and it now has offices in both London and Cambridge.

According to its website and as confirmed by the company, both founders are male, and two of the 14 partners are female. One of these is the managing partner, a role equivalent to CEO. Therefore one third of the most senior staff are female while 11 per cent of the partners are women.

The firm also added: "We are actively promoting women throughout the practice. Of our emerging leadership group – our associate/AD pool – 27 out of 60 (or nearly half) are women. We are an equal opportunities employer and sponsor initiatives to enhance diversity in architecture such as the Women in Architecture programme, and our managing partner is a woman."

www.alliesandmorrison.com/role/partners


Archetype Group
Vietnam

Co-founders: two men
Executive directors: one woman, 10 men

Established in Vietnam in 2002, Archetype Group is a multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, now located in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe.

According to its website, the firm has two male co-founders and 11 executive directors, of which one is female. Therefore, the executive team is eight per cent female.

The practice had not replied to our emails to confirm these figures at the time of publication.

www.archetype-group.com/about-us/people


Architectus
Australia

Directors: one woman, nine men
Principals: three women, 25 men

Architectus is an Australian-based firm that has worked across architecture, interior and urban design since it was founded in 1987. It has studios in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney.

Of the 10 directors at Architectus, one is female. Below this, there are 25 male and three female principals. Therefore, of those listed as directors and principals on the firm's website, the proportion of women is 11 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication.

www.architectus.com.au/en/people


AREP Architects
France

Founder and chairman: man
Executive committee: three women, seven men

French practice AREP Architects has a workforce of 900 employees and has completed 800 international projects since it was founded in 1997.

According to its website, the founder and chairman of AREP Architects is male. Further leadership is also provided by the a 10-person executive committee, three of which are female. In total, the executive committee is 27 per cent female.

The firm did not respond to our emails asking for confirmation of its staff gender ratio.

www.arepgroup.com/about_us/team


Atkins
UK

President: man
Leadership team: nine men

Established in 1938, Atkins is a UK-based architecture group with offices that span four continents. The practice employs over 18,000 staff worldwide.

A male president sits at the head of Atkins, aided by an all-male leadership team of nine. Therefore, the leadership team listed on the firm's website is zero per cent female.

At the time of publication, the firm had not replied to our email to confirm these figures.

www.atkinsglobal.co.uk/en-GB/about-the-group/leadership


ATP Architects Engineers
Austria

Chairman: man
Managing directors: seven men

ATP is an interdisciplinary architecture firm with around 650 employees. Headquartered in Innsbruck, the practice works on projects primarily in central and eastern Europe.

ATP's website states that the practice is lead by a board chairman, who is male, and seven managing directors, who are also all male.

ATP later told Dezeen that five of its 68 senior management staff (supervisory and executive board, managing directors and studio heads) are female. Together, this gives a total of five female senior staff members out of a possible 68, or seven per cent.

"ATP architects engineers plays a pioneering role in the promotion of women" said Sven Kühne, ATP's senior communications manager. "Back in 2012, ATP introduced a women's task force charged with "taking necessary steps to improve the balance between work, family and leisure'".

www.atp.ag/integrated-design/about-atp/partners


Aukett Swanke
UK

Senior staff: 14 women, 45 men

International architecture firm Aukett Swanke has 15 studios across the UK, Germany, Russia, Turkey, UAE, and Czech Republic, and employs 239 architects.

According to its website, the firm has 59 members of senior staff, 14 of these are women. This makes the senior management team 24 per cent female.  The company does not specify who its figureheads are.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.aukettswanke.com/studio/people


AXS Satow Inc
Japan

Founder: man
President and CEO: man
Executive vice president: man
Directors: seven men

The Tokyo-based engineering and construction company AXS Satow Inc was founded in 1954 by Takeo Sato.

Sato is male, as is the president and CEO of the firm, the executive vice-president, and all of the seven directors. Therefore, the proportion of women listed on the "executive team" section of the firm's website is zero per cent.

We contacted the practice via its website but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

www.axscom.co.jp/company/director/index.php


B+H Architects
Canada

Chairman: man
President: woman
CEO: man
COO: man
Executive vice-presidents: one woman, one man
Directors: one woman, six men
Managing principals: one woman, three men
Senior principals: two men
Principals: three women, 17 men

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and founded in 1953, B+H Architects is an architecture, interior design and urban planning firm with offices in America, Asia and the Middle East.

According to its website, the firm is led by a male chairman, a male CEO and a female president. The firm also has a male COO, and one male and one female executive vice-president. There is one female director out of a total of seven, while one of the four managing principals is female. Both senior principals are also male. There are a further 17 male and three female principals. Taken together, the total proportion of women at senior level is 18 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.bharchitects.com/en/people


Bates Smart
Australia

Managing director: man
Directors: one woman, five men
Studio directors: three women, eight men

Australian design and architecture company Bates Smart was founded in 1853 by Joseph Reed, and is considered as one of Australia's oldest architectural firms.

Its website shows a male managing director and six further directors, of which one is female. It also has three females out of 11 studio directors. Therefore, the top two tiers of management at Bates Smart are 22 per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.batessmart.com/bates-smart/people/staff


BDP
UK

Chief executive: man
Directors: one woman, 20 men

Established in the UK in 1961, BDP now has studios across the world. According to the firm's website, the chief executive is male, and only one of the 21 architect directors is female. Therefore, the firm's leadership is five per cent female.

When contacted by Dezeen, the firm provided additional information, stating that it has 107 staff at principal/director level, of which 15 are female (14 per cent). Of these, 63 are architect principal/directors, of which five are female (eight per cent).

www.bdp.com/en/about/people


BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Denmark

Founder: man
CEO: woman
Other partners: 10 men
CXOs: three women, two men
Directors: seven women, nine men
Associates: three women, 10 men

Established in 2005, BIG is a group of architects, designers, builders, and thinkers based in Copenhagen, New York and London, and has a total of 451 staff.

The firm is led by founding partner and chairman Bjarke Ingels and a female CEO. The 10 other partners are all male. Therefore, the proportion of women at partner level is eight per cent.

BIG provided further information about its senior team, including CXOs, directors and associates, as shown above. Overall the percentage of women across all senior levels is 44.

www.big.dk/#about


Broadway Malyan
UK

Chairman: man
Managing director: man
Directors: two women, 14 men

Founded in 1958, Broadway Malyan is a global architecture, urbanism and design practice based in the UK, with international offices.

According to its website, the chairman of Broadway Malyan is male, as is the managing director. There are 16 other directors, two of which are female. Therefore, the executive committee is 11 per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.broadwaymalyan.com/people-main-board


CallisonRTKL
USA

CEO: man
Chairman: man
Leadership team: nine women, 36 men

Headquartered in Baltimore, CallisonRTKL is an American architecture practice with 23 offices across the globe.

CallisonRTKL's website states that the practice is led by a male CEO and male chairman. It also discloses that its leadership team is comprised of a further 43 people in total, nine of them are female. Therefore, the firm's leadership team is 19 per cent female.

When contacted by Dezeen, the firm confirmed this overall leadership percentage is correct. They also added that the practice's senior leadership (senior vice president/executive directors and above) is 16 per cent female, and the executive committee is 36 per cent female.

www.callisonrtkl.com/about/#about-leadership


Cannon Design
USA

CEO: man
Firm leaders: one woman, six men
Market leaders: one woman, four men
Board of directors: two women, seven men

American practice Cannon Design operates from 15 global offices, including locations in Abu Dhabi and Mumbai.

The practice has a male CEO at its head. Seven further firm leaders collectively oversee Cannon Design, one of which is female. The practice also has a board of directors comprised of two women and seven men, and five market leaders, one of which is female. Therefore, according to its website, the top three tiers of the firm's management team is 18 per cent female.

We contacted the practice via the form on its website, but it had not replied at the time of publication.

www.cannondesign.com/leadership/#management


CF Møller
Denmark, 162 architects

Chairman: man
CEO: man
COO: female
CFO: female
Partner group: two women, 10 men

CF Møller was established in 1924 and employs 350 people in offices around Scandinavia and in London. According to the "partners and CEO" section of its website, the firm's senior management team is made up of two women and two men, while its partner group, which also owns the firm, consists of two women and 10 men. Overall one quarter of senior management and partners is female.

When contacted, the firm replied pointing out that its 2016 COP report states that "diversity is the cornerstone of an inclusive and creative high performing workplace". According to page 17 of the report, women currently make up 42 per cent of the firm's workforce and 45 per cent of its office managers in Denmark.

www.cfmoller.com/f/-en/om%20os


Chapman Taylor
UK

Board directors: four men
Directors: six women, 29 men

Established in 1959, Chapman Taylor has design studios across Asia, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. The website states that the company is led by four male board directors, and has 35 directors, of which six are women. In total, the board directors and directors are 15 per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.chapmantaylor.com/en/people


Corgan
USA

CEO: man
Chairman: man
Executive managing principal: one woman, two men
Managing principal: one woman, four men

American practice Corgan have completed several projects across the US and Asia since it was established in 1938.

The practice confirmed that what is displayed on its website is accurate: the president and chairman of Corgan are both male, and one out of three executive managing principals are female. Out of the five managing principals, one is female. This means 20 per cent of senior staff are women.

www.corgan.com/about-corgan/leadership


CP Kukreja Architects
India

Leadership team: two men

CP Kukreja Architects has over 200 employees, working on projects in India as well as internationally with clients in the Middle East and Russia.

There are only two members of staff listed on the practice's "leadership team" page, both of whom are male. Therefore, the proportion of women at the firm's most senior level is zero per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.cpkukreja.com/leaderships


Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers
China

Chairman and managing director: man
Deputy managing directors: two men
Directors: three women, seven men
Assistant directors: one woman, eight men

Asian architectural practice Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers was founded in Hong Kong in 1972. It currently employs 183 architects.

The chairman and managing director of the company is male, as are the two deputy managing directors. Of the 10 directors, three are female, while there is just one woman out of nine assistant directors. Therefore, the proportion of women listed at director level and above on the firm's website is 18 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our emails asking for confirmation at the time of publication.

www.dln.com.hk/html5/index.php?section=firm


Dewan Architects and Engineers
UAE

Executive chairman and founder: man
CEO: man
Heads of department: one woman, 10 men
Managers: seven women, 20 men

Dewan Architects and Engineers was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1984. Its website states that it is led by a male executive chairman and founder, and a male CEO. There are 11 heads of department, of which one is female, and just seven of the 27 managers are female. Therefore the management team of Dewan Architects and Engineers is 2o per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.dewan-architects.com/people.html


DLR Group
USA

CEO: man
President: man
Executive team: one woman, six men
Studio leaders: one woman, eight men
Region leaders: one women, seven men

DLR Group are an American interdisciplinary practice. It was established as an architecture and engineering firm in 1966, but now handles planning, interiors, renovations and more.

DLR Group is headed by a male CEO and a male president. A further seven staff members make up the practice's executive team, out of which one is female. Therefore, the executive team is 11 per cent female.

When contacted by Dezeen, the firm provided additional information: one of the nine studio leaders is female, as is one of the eight region leaders.

DLR Group also stated: "As a firm we have increased our percentage of female professional staff from 25 per cent in 2010 to 38 per cent by 1 October 2017. This has formed a growing next-generation of female leaders in the firm. Forty per cent of our design professionals elevated to principal in the past three years have been women, while 16 regional studio leaders (people leading a specific studio in a region) are female."

www.dlrgroup.com/people/3-executive-team


DP Architects
Singapore

Founder: man
Honorary chairman: man
Chairman: man
CEO: woman
Board: three women, 13 men

DP Architects is Singapore's largest architectural practice, with 1,200 employees. According to the WA100, it is also the 10th largest architecture firm in the world.

According to its website, the founder, honorary chairman and chairman are all male while the CEO is female. The remainder of the board is made up of three women and 13 men. Taken together, the proportion of women at executive and board level is 20 per cent.

The firm had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.dpa.com.sg/people/roles/directors


DSP Design Associates
India

Directors: three men
"Core team": two women, eight men

Founded in 1988, DSP Design Associates is an architecture, design and master-planning firm based in India.

The firm's three directors are all male, and out of the 10 people on the "core team", two are women. According to its website, the senior management is 15 per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.dspdesign.co.in/about/team/director


EHAF Consulting Engineers
Egypt

No information available

Based in the Middle East, EHAF Consulting Engineers are an architecture, engineering and project management firm, established since 1971.

The firm does not have any information about its staff featured on its website, and there is no working, valid email address to contact.

www.ehafws.com/?page_id=113


EPR Architects
UK

Managing director: man
Equity board: four men
Main management board: five women, 11 men

EPR Architects is a London-based architectural practice founded in 1947.

The firm told Dezeen that it is led by a male managing director, and the firm's equity board is comprised of four male employees. The firm added that the main management board however includes "one female director and four female associates, or 31 per cent", making the other 11 members male. Taken together, this makes EPR Architects senior team 24 per cent female.

"Our staff total gender mix has grown from 21 per cent female to 40 per cent female over the past three years; in part due to our efforts in mentoring and flexible working," the firm added. "We hope that this will lead to an increase in female management over the coming years."

"61 per cent of all staff employed in the last 12 months were female," they added.

www.epr.co.uk/people


Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
UK

Senior partners: two men
Managing partners: one woman, three men
Partners: four women, 14 men

Founded in 1978, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is a British architectural design firm, headquartered in Bath and London, with additional offices in Belfast and Manchester.

According to its website, the practice has two senior partners, who are both male. There is one female managing partner and three male managing partners. There are a further four female and 14 male partners. This makes the proportion of women at parter-level and above 20 per cent. The company confirmed that these figures are correct.

The company also told Dezeen: "Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are part-way through a study of opportunities to encourage and facilitate greater diversity, with an additional aim to improve retention, and the promotion, of senior women over the coming years, for the broader benefit of the practice."

www.fcbstudios.com/about/people/employees


Foster + Partners
UK

Founder and executive chairman: man
Senior executive partners: nine men
Senior partners: one woman, 18 men

Founded in 1967 by Norman Foster, Foster + Partners is an international architecture firm with offices in London, Dubai, Madrid and other cities.

Foster himself is listed as the founder and executive chairman of the firm on its website. There are nine male senior executive partners and 19 senior partners, one of which is female. In total, the senior executive parters and senior partners are three per cent female. The firm confirmed these figures.

www.fosterandpartners.com/about-us/team


Gensler
USA

CEOs: one woman, one man
Board of directors: five women, seven men

Gensler is the biggest architecture firm in the world according to the WA100. Headquartered in San Francisco, the firm has over 5,000 staff worldwide and a turnover of $1.8 billion (£1.36 billion).

The company is headed by two CEOs: one male and one female. Its board of directors is comprised of 14 people, five of which are female. This means the firm's senior team is 43 per cent female. Gensler confirmed that the staffing information on its website is correct.

www.gensler.com/people


Gerber Architekten
Germany

Founder: man
"Management team": one woman, seven men

Gerben Architekten has offices in Germany, Saudi Arabia and China.

The practice was founded by a man and according to its website has an eight-person management team, which includes one woman. Therefore the proportion of women at management level is 11 per cent.

The firm had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.gerberarchitekten.de/en/profil


GHDWoodhead
Australia

National practice leader: man
Strategic leadership team: one woman, four men
Sector leaders: one woman, nine men

GHDWoodhead is an integrated design company operating globally through the GHD network of studios and offices.

According to its website, the national practice leader is a man and on the leadership team, there are four men and one woman. There are a further 10 sector leaders, of which one is female. This makes the senior team 13 per cent female. There was no email address listed on its website to confirm these figures.

www.ghdwoodhead.com/people


GMP
Germany

Founding partners: two men
Partners: three men
Associate partners: one woman, 10 men

Headquartered in Hamburg, GMP Architekten has constructed over 370 buildings worldwide since it was founded in 1965. In total the practice has over 500 employees that work across its 13 offices.

The website states that GMP's two founding partners are both male. The practice has three partners, none of which are female. The practice also has 11 associate partners, one is female. These figures were confirmed by the practice, meaning GMP's founding partners, partners and associate parters are six per cent female.

GMP also sent through the firm's 2016 gender stats for all its global offices, which state that there are 290 male employees and 236 female employees. Therefore the proportion of women in the entire practice is 32 per cent.

www.gmp-architekten.com/team.html


Gomez Vazquez International
Mexico

Chairman and founder: man
CEO: man
Principals: four men
Associate design director: four men

Established since 1968, Gomez Vazquez International is an architectural firm with offices in Mexico, USA and Panama.

According to its website, the firm has an all-male senior team, comprised of the chairman and founder, CEO, four principals, and four associate design directors. This makes the proportion of women at the top level zero per cent.

We were unable to contact the firm to confirm these figures.

www.gvi.la


GVA
Mexico

Founder and executive chairman: man
President and CEO: man
Vice president: man
Directors: 15 men
Managers: four men

Specialising in residential projects and masterplanning in the Americas, GVA has offices throughout Mexico, Colombia and the Caribbean – it also has a company base in London.

The practice is headed by a male founder and executive chairman, and a male president and CEO. Leadership is also provided by a team made up of a male vice president, 15 male directors and four male managers. Therefore the proportion of women is zero per cent.

We contacted the practice via its website but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

www.gva.com.mx/en/our-team


Haeahn
South Korea

Presidents: five men
Vice chairmen: two men

Founded in South Korea in 1990, Haeahn now has offices in Iraq and New York. According to its website, Haeahn is run by five male presidents. Leadership is also provided by the practice's two vice chairmen, both of which are male. Therefore, the top-tier management of the firm is zero per cent female.

The "people" page of firm's website does list some women at executive director level, but the first 59 people listed – presumably in order of seniority – are all male.

The firm had not confirmed these findings at the time of publication.

www.haeahn.com/en/about/member.do


Hames Sharley
Australia

National practice director: man
Other "key people": one woman, 17 men

Founded in 1976 by William Hames and David Sharley, Hames Sharley is an Australia-based firm.

Currently, the national practice director is a man. According to its website, there are 18 "key people" and out of those, one is a woman. Therefore, the proportion of female "key people" is five per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication.

www.hamessharley.com.au/people


HDR
USA

Chairman and executive officer: man
Board of directors: one woman, six men

HDR is a multi-disciplinary American architecture practice that has 10,000 employees in 225 offices around the world. The firm is listed on the WA100 as the fifth largest firm in the world.

According to its website, HDR is headed by a male chairman and chief executive officer, and is overseen by a board of directors made up of one woman and six men. This makes the board 13 per cent female.

We contacted HDR via its website but they had not replied at the time of publication to confirm these figures were up to date.

www.hdrinc.com/about-us/board-directors


Heerim Architects
South Korea

CEO: man
Managing directors: man
Corporate advisors: seven men
Department leadership: three women, 36 men

Heerim Architects' head office is located in Seoul. Since it was founded in 1970, the South Korean practice has grown to a workforce of 1,100 employees.

Heerim Architects is led by a male CEO and two male managing directors. The board of corporate advisors consists of seven men. The practice also has 39 department leaders, three of which are women. Therefore six per cent of staff listed under the "leadership" section of the firm's website are female.

At the time of publication, the firm had not confirmed these figures were up to date.

www.heerim.com/aboutus/leadership


HENN
Germany

CEO: male
Partners: 14 men
Senior associates: three women, 22 men

HENN is an international architecture office with offices in Munich, Berlin and Beijing, established in 1979.

The firm is led by a male CEO and an all-male team of 14 partners. There are 25 senior associates; three are female and 22 are male. Therefore, the proportion of female partners and senior associates at HENN is 7.5 per cent.

HENN had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.henn.com/en/team#


Henning Larsen Architects
Denmark

CEO: female
Partners: five women, 10 men
International partners: two women, two men

Founded in Scandinavia in 1959, Henning Larsen Architects have since expanded to offices in Munich, New York, Riyadh, and Hong Kong.

Henning Larsen Architects told Dezeen that the firm is headed by a female CEO and five out of the 15 parters are female. Two out of four partners in Henning Larsen's international subsidiaries are also female. This makes 37 per cent of the partners female.

www.henninglarsen.com/people.aspx


HKS
USA

President and CEO: man
Executive vice president: man
Executive vice president: man
Board of directors: four men

Headquartered in Dallas, HKS is an architecture practice with projects in over 1,500 cities across the world. It employs almost 700 architects.

According to its website, the president and CEO is male, as are the two executive vice presidents. The remainder of the board of directors is made up of four men. Therefore the firm's executive- and director-level management is zero per cent female.

The firm had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.hksinc.com/firm-leaders


HOK
USA

President: man
Chairman and CEO: man
Firm-wide leaders: two women, four men

HOK is a global architecture firm that employs 1,700 people across three continents. It is the eight largest firm in the world according to the WA100.

According to the HOK website, the practice is headed by a male president, and a male chairman and CEO. There are six other firm leaders, two of which are women. Therefore the proportion of women according to the "firm-wide" leadership section of its website is 25 per cent.

HOK had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.hok.com/people


HPP Architects
Germany

Managing directors: two men
Directors and partners: two women, 13 men

Based in Germany, HPP Architects was established by Helmut Hentrich in 1933.

According to the "directors and partners" section of its website, it  is now led by two male managing directors and has 15 other directors and partners, two of which are female. This means that 12 per cent of the directors and partners are female.

HPP confirmed that the information on its website is correct.

www.hpp.com/en/profil/gesellschafter-partner/ioachim-faust.html


Hyundai Architects & Engineers Associates
South Korea

CEO: man

Korean architecture firm Hyundai Architects & Engineers Associates was established in 1965. Its CEO is male, as shown on its website, but no other employee information is available.

www.hda.co.kr/ko/content/postview.aspx?mc=401000&ci=6&si=


IBI Group
Canada

CEO: man
President: man
Chairman of the board: man
Board of directors: two women, two men

IBI Group is an integrative architecture firm that specialises in planning, engineering and technology. It is number six on this year's WA100, employing 2,500 people across offices in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

IBI has a male CEO, president and board chairman. The rest of the board consists of two women and two men. The firm also has a management team made up of a further 22 staff members, two of which are female. This means the board is 40 per cent female while the management team is nine per cent female.

This information was taken from the IBI website and had not been confirmed as up to date at the time of publication.

www.ibigroup.com/leadership


IDOM
Spain

President: man
Managing directors: three men

Founded by Rafael Escolá in 1957, international architectural firm IDOM now employs 243 architects. It has one president and three managing directors, all are male. The company's figureheads are zero per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.idom.com/about-us


Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm
Japan

Chairman and CEO: man

Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm was founded in 1927. It now has 221 architects and is headquartered in Tokyo.

The chairman and CEO is male, but no other employee information is displayed on the firm's website, nor is there an email address to contact.

www.ishimoto.co.jp/e/about/company/outline


Itten+Brechbühl
Switzerland

Chairman: man
Members of management board: one woman, nine men

Itten+Brechbuhl has a workforce of around 300 staff members that are spread throughout its seven offices in Switzerland and four other European bases.

According to its website, the practice is headed by a male chair and a management board of nine male staff members and one female. Therefore, the proportion of women at board level is nine per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.ittenbrechbuehl.ch/en/team


Jacobs
USA

No information available 

Jacobs' website did not provide any information on staff gender ratios, and the practice did not respond to our emails.

www.jacobs.com


Jaspers-Eyers Architects
Belgium

Founders: two men

Jaspers-Eyers Architects is an international practice with studios in Brussels, Leuven and Hasselt, currently employing around 175 architects.

The practice was founded by two men. No other information about its employees is shown on its website and the firm had not responded to our emails at the time of publication.

www.jaspers-eyers.be/about


Junglim Architecture
South Korea

CEO: man
C-suite leaders: five men
Executives: 15 men

Headquartered in Seoul, Junglim Architecture has a team of over 500 architects that work on large-scale projects locally and internationally.

According to its website, the CEO of Junglim Architecture is male. Leadership is also provided by five C-suite leaders, none of which are female, and 15 all-male executives. Therefore the firm's top-level management is zero per cent female.

We contacted the practice via its website but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

www.junglim.com/english/company/company-executives.jsp


KEO International Consultants
Kuwait

Chairman: man
President and CEO: woman
Corporate leadership team: three women, 15 men

KEO International Consultants is based in the Middle East and employs 290 architects.

According to the "corporate leadership" page of its website, the company has a male chairman, and a female president and chief executive officer. It lists 18 further corporate leaders, of which three are female. Thus the female proportion of the leadership team 20 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.keoic.com/AboutPeople


Kohn Pedersen Fox
USA

President:
man
Chairman: man
Principals: two women, 21 men
Directors: 12 women, 27 men

New York-based architectural practice Kohn Pedersen Fox was founded in 1976 and has offices in New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi.

According to its website, the practice has a male president and a male chairman. It has 23 principals, of which two are female, and there are 12 female directors of of a total of 39 directors.

The firm was one of the few that responded at length to our requests for further information, stating that it has 27 male and 13 female senior associate principals, as well as 33 male and 24 female associate principals. Therefore in what the company considers its top staff positions, 32 per cent of employees are female.

When asked about its thoughts on gender ratios, KPF president Jamie von Klemperer said: "KPF strives to maintain an equitable practice and provide opportunities to our diverse, multicultural staff and leadership. We are actively increasing female participation in the firm's partnership, and have committed to doubling our female senior leadership by the Fall of 2017.

"Announcements to this effect will be made at that time. The firm aspires to reach a 50 per cent or greater female leadership and continues to expand our perspective with representation from a myriad of cultures, ideologies, and backgrounds."

www.kpf.com/about/people/principals


Kume Sekkei
Japan

CEO: man

Kume Sekkei was established in 1932, and now has approximately 550 members of staff. The practice's head office is located in Tokyo.

Kume Sekkei's website only provided information on the practice's CEO, who is male. The company did not respond to requests for more staff information.

www.kumesekkei.co.jp/en/profile/outline.html


Kunwon
South Korea

Chairman: man
CEO: man
President: man
Management team: one woman, seven men

Founded in 1984, Kunwon are a Seoul-based architectural practice that focusses on residential and urban environment design.

According to its website, Kunwon has a male chairman, a male vice chairman/CEO and a male president. Of the other eight people listed on the "people leading Kunwon" section of its website, one is female. Therefore the top management tier is nine per cent female.

The email provided on the firm's website is not valid so we were unable to contact Kunwon for confirmation.

www.kunwon.com/en/abou/abou3.php


Lemay Michaud
Canada

Founders: two men
Partners: five women, eight men

Headquartered in Canada, Lemay Michaud has offices in both Montreal and Quebec.

According to its website, the founders of the practice are both male. There are five female partners and eight male. This makes the proportion of women at associate level 33 per cent.

Lemay Michaud had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to verify these figures found on its website.

www.lemaymichaud.com/en/team/associates


Leo A Daly
USA

Chairman and CEO: man
President: man
Corporate leaders: seven men
Office leaders: nine men

Leo A Daly was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Omaha, USA.

The chairman and CEO of Leo A Daly is male, as is the president. Of the seven other corporate leaders and nine office leaders, there are no women. Therefore, the firm's "corporate" and "office" leadership as listed on its website is zero per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.leoadaly.com/about/people


Link Arkitektur
Norway

CEO: man
"Key people": six women, eight men

Based in Scandinavia, Link Arkitektur was founded in 1995, and has a male CEO. According to its website, the company has 14 "key people", six of which are women. This means the company is led by a 40-per-cent female team.

The practice did not confirm these figures but told us: "The Link Arkitektur gender ratio on senior staff is 45 per cent male and 55 per cent female."

www.linkarkitektur.com/en/contact


MG2
USA

CEO: man
"Leadership team": four women, 14 men

Established in 1971, MG2 is an architecture firm based in Seattle, Washington.

According to the firm, the CEO of MG2 is male and four of the 18 people of the firm's "leadership team" are women. Therefore, the proportion of women at the firm's most senior level is five per cent.

"MG2's goal is to achieve equitable representation of women throughout all levels of our firm," the firm told Dezeen. "Over recent months, female staff across offices have partnered to draft a corporate equity plan set to debut this fall. Firm leadership is in the process of launching an internal equity advocacy committee comprised of male and female staff to oversee the plan's implementation."

www.mg2.com/about/#people


Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei
Japan

President and CEO: man
Deputy president: man
Executive vice presidents: four men

Headquartered in Tokyo, Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei was the design division of the giant Mitsubishi Estate property company until 2001, when it became a separate company.

According to its website, it is led by a male president and CEO, a male deputy president and four male executive vice presidents. Therefore the firm's leadership is zero per cent female.

We contacted the practice via its website but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

www.mj-sekkei.com/en/about/officer.html


Morphogenesis
India

Founding partners: one woman, one man

Founded in 1996, India-based Morphogenesis is a cross-disciplinary team comprised of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, 3D visualisers and researchers.

According to the Morphogenesis website, one of the two founding partners is female and the other is male. The staffing structure below this point is unclear.

The firm told Dezeen that "while there isn't a policy as such for gender balance at the firm, we do have a FLEX policy in place for women employees," and "the current female to male ratio at Morphogenesis is exactly 1:1."

www.morphogenesis.org/about-us/our-people


National Engineering Bureau
UAE

Partners: two men
General manager: male

National Engineering Bureau is a consultancy firm that was established in 1976. It is located in the centre of Abu Dhabi with branch offices in Alain, also in the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.

The three senior figures listed on its website are male: two partners and a general manager. Therefore, the company's figureheads are zero per cent female.

The company had not replied to our email requests for further information at the time of publication.

www.nebconsultants.ae/management.htm


NBBJ
USA

C-suite leaders:
Partner and director of communications: female
Partner and COO: female
Managing partner: male
Design partner: male
Other managing partners and partners: one women, 12 men

Founded in Seattle in 1943, NBBJ is an architectural design company based in Seattle‎, Washington.

NBBJ told Dezeen that the firm is run by four C-suite leaders, two of which are female and two male. All C-suite leaders have partner or managing partner titles, then there are a further 13 partners, one of which is female.

Therefore, the proportion of female C-suite leaders is 50 per cent and other partners is 26 per cent.

www.nbbj.com/people


Nihon Sekkei
Japan

Executive chairman: man
President and CEO: man
Other executives: 30 men

Headquartered in Tokyo, Nihon Sekkei has grown to a workforce of nearly 1,000 employees since its establishment in 1967. The practice has six offices across Japan, as well as three further spaces in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Its website states that it has a male chairman and male president/CEO. The "leadership" section of Nihon Sekkei's website lists a further 30 male executives, meaning the percentage of females at the top level is zero.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm its website is up to date.

www.nihonsekkei.co.jp/about/officer/?lang=en


Nikken Sekkei
Japan

Chairman: man
Vice chairman: man
Vice presidents: three men
Executive committee: 24 men

Tokyo-based Nikken Sekkei is an architectural consultancy group that employs over 2,400 people. According to the WA100, it is the second biggest firm in the world.

According to the "key people" page on the firm's website, the practice is lead by a male chairman and male vice chairman.

The practice also has three vice presidents, all of which are male, and an executive committee of 24, all of which are male. Therefore the firm's senior management team is zero per cent female.

At the time of publication, the company had not replied to our emails to confirm these figures.

www.nikken.co.jp/en/firm/people.html


Nordic Office of Architecture
Norway

Principal partner and chairman: man
CEO: man
Partners: two women, five men

Based in Oslo, Nordic Office of Architecture is an architecture practice that was founded in 1979, with additional offices in Copenhagen and London.

According to its website, the firm has a male chairman and male CEO, and there are five male partners and two female. This makes the proportion of women 22 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to verify these figures found on its website.

www.nordicarch.com/people


P&T Architects and Engineers
China

Management team: 31 men, seven women

Established in Hong Kong in 1868, P&T Architects has multiple offices in Asia. It has over 2,000 employees working in over 70 cities.

According to its website, the management team is made up of 38 group directors, seven of which are female. This means the firm's management team is 18 per cent female.

The firm did not confirm these figures but gave us the gender figures for the architecture department at its Hong Kong office, which employs 125 women and 320 men. This makes the proportion of women 28 per cent.

www.p-t-group.com/management-team.html


Page
USA

Board of directors/senior principals: eight men
Principals: 15 women, 40 men

Page is a multidisciplinary architecture practice with a workforce of around 500 members of staff spread across six US offices and one in Dubai.

All eight staff members listed on Page's "senior principals/board" webpage are male. There are 15 female principals and 40 male principals. Therefore, the proportion of women in the top two tiers at Page is 24 per cent.

The company had not replied to our email at the time of publication.

www.pagethink.com/v/people/Principal/36
www.pagethink.com/v/people/Senior-Principal/41


PBK Architects
USA

President and CEO: man
Partners: nine men
Managing principals: two men
Principals: two women, 10 men
Directors: two women, three men

Architecture and engineering practice PBK Architects is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices across America. It employs 173 architects.

According to its website, the president and CEO of the company is male, as are the nine partners. There are two male managing principles, and two female principles out of an overall 12. There are also two female directors and three male directors. Therefore, the proportion of women listed as figureheads and at partner, principal and director level on the firm's website is 14 per cent.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm our findings.

www.pbk.com/#!/team


Perkins + Will
USA

CEO: man
Firm leaders: seven women, 12 men

Headquartered in Chicago, Perkins + Will has 23 other offices around the globe. It is the fourth largest firm in the world according to the WA100, employing around 2,000 people worldwide.

According to the firm's website, the CEO of the company is male. There are also 19 firm leaders, seven of which are female. The people listed on the "firm leaders" page are therefore 35 per cent female.

Perkins + Will had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.perkinswill.com/people/firm-leaders


Perkins Eastman
USA

Co-founder and chairman: man
Founding partner: woman
Principal and executive directors: one woman, seven men
Principals: four women, eight men

American practice Perkins Eastman focuses on planning, design and consultancy. It has 10 offices across the US and another five internationally.

The firm is led by a male co-founder and chairman, and a female founding partner. According to the Perkins Eastman website, the firm has eight further principal and executive directors, one of which is female. The practice also has 12 principals, four of which are female. Taken together, the proportion of women at director and principal level is 27 per cent.

The firm had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.perkinseastman.com/leadership_executive_directors


Populous
USA

Founders: 10 men
Managing director: man
Senior principals: 19 men

Headquartered in Kansas City, architecture and design firm Populous is led by 10 male founders and a male managing director. According to the firm's website, there are a further 19 male senior principals. Therefore Populous' management team is zero per cent female.

The firm had not responded to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these figures.

www.populous.com/people


Progetto CMR Engineering Integrated Services
Italy

CEO: man
President: one man
Co-founder and partner: one woman

Founded in 1995, Progetto CMR Engineering Integrated Services is an engineering and construction company based in Milan, with additional offices in Rome and Tianjin.

According to its website, the CEO is male. The president is also male and the partner/co-founder is female. Therefore, of the staff listed on its website, the proportion of women is 33 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these figures.

www.progettocmr.com/en/about


Purcell
UK

CEO: man
Partners: nine women, 18 men

Established in 1947, Purcell is an architectural design practice with offices in the UK and Asia Pacific.

According to the firm's website, the CEO is male, and there are nine female partners and 18 male partners. This makes the proportion of women at the most senior level 32 per cent.

The company had not confirmed these figures at the time of publication.

www.purcelluk.com/who-we-are#/our-people


Ronald Lu & Partners
China

Founder and chairman: man
Vice chairman: man
Managing director: man
Directors: one woman, 13 men

The architectural and interior design firm Ronald Lu & Partners was established in Hong Kong in 1976. According to its website, the chairman and vice chairman are male, as is the managing director. Only one of the 14 directors is female. This makes the company's management team six per cent female.

Ronald Lu & Partners confirmed these figures and also told Dezeen that they are "an equal opportunity employer."

"We provide our employees with numerous family friendly policies/arrangements such as family care leaves and flexible working hours to assist them in maintaining healthy and positive family relationships," the firm told Dezeen.

"We also care very much the female employees in the postnatal period. Almost 10 years ago, we set up a ‘nursing room' in our office providing them with a clean and quiet environment for breast pumping supported with appropriate facilities for storing their breast milk. We also offer each of them an extra five-day full wage maternity leave for them to taking better care of themselves (physically and mentally) and their newborn babies.

"In addition, we are very proud to say that we were the first architectural firm in Hong Kong providing male employees five-day full wage paternity leave since 2011 which was even commenced much earlier than the statutory three-day paternity leave by the Hong Kong government."

"RLP's employment decisions made are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, nationality, gender, age, marital status, or any other status," the company added.

www.rlphk.com/eng/about-us/people/4


Scott Brownrigg
UK

Chairman: man
CEO: man
Board of directors: three men
Directors: four women, 17 men
Project directors: four women, 12 men
Associates: 11 women, 23 men

Scott Brownrigg is headquartered in London, but also has offices in four other UK locations, including Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The firm is lead by a male CEO and male chairman. There are three male members on the board of directors. At the most senior level, the proportion of women at Scott Brownrigg is zero per cent.

The company told Dezeen that women hold positions in the three tiers below this however. At director level, there are four women and 17 men, while out of 16 project directors, there are also four women. The firm also stated that out of 34 associates, 11 are female. Scott Brownrigg also has 18 female stakeholders out of a total of 64.

www.scottbrownrigg.com/about/people/board


Sheppard Robson
UK

Partners: three women, 22 men

Headquartered in London, Sheppard Robson also operates out of studios in Manchester, Glasgow and Abu Dhabi. The practice also has its own interior design group called ID:SR.

A team of 25 partners lead Sheppard Robson, out of which three are female, making the proportion of women at this level 12 per cent. No further staff are listed on the firm's website.

The firm did not respond to our email to confirm these figures.

www.sheppardrobson.com/practice/partners


Showa Sekkei
Japan

Chairperson: man
President: man
Executive managing director: man
Directors: two men

Founded in 1957, Showa Sekkei is an architecture firm headquartered in Osaka, Japan, with 104 architects employed.

According to its website, both the chairperson and president are male. The executive managing director, and two directors are also male. Therefore, of the "officers" listed on the firm's "corporate profile" webpage, the proportion of women is zero per cent.

We contacted the practice via its website but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

www.showa-sekkei.co.jp/en/about/profile.html


Sikka Associates Architects
India

No information available

There is no information about Sikka Associates Architects' employees, and no contact information supplied on its website.

www.saaindia.net


SmithGroupJJR
USA

Managing partners: three men
Board of directors: six women, 15 men

SmithGroupJJR has offices in 11 different American cities, as well as one in Shanghai, China. The firm is led by three male managing partners and a 21-person board of directors that includes six women.

SmithGroupJJR confirmed these figures and stated that, in addition, 29 per cent of the firm's principals and 17 per cent of the vice presidents are women.

The firm also told Dezeen about its Women@SmithGroupJJR initiative, which has developed a six-point plan to tackle the challenge of improving the proportion of women in its leadership positions. In the last four years, it reports that 64 per cent of new director-level and studio leader positions have been filled by women.

www.smithgroupjjr.com/people?type=All


Stantec
Canada

President and CEO: man
Corporate leaders: 14 men

Stantec is a Canadian architecture firm with around 20,000 employees working in 400 offices worldwide. According to its website, Stantec has a male president and CEO, and a further 14 male corporate leaders. Therefore the firm's corporate leadership team is zero per cent female.

Stantec had not replied to our emails at the time of publication.

www.stantec.com/about-us/leadership-team/corporate-leadership


Sunjin
South Korea

CEO and president: man
COO: man
Vice presidents: two men
Managing directors: five men
Executive directors: five men
Directors: four men

Founded in 1975, the South Korea-based engineering and architecture company Sunjin has a male CEO and president, and a male COO.

According to the staff page on the firm's website, Sunjin's senior team is comprised of two vice presidents, five executive directors, five managing directors, and four directors, and all are male. In total, this means the senior management is zero per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm these findings.

www.sunjin.co.kr/engsj/c_summary.asp
www.sunjin.co.kr/engsj/arch_peo.asp


Sweco
Sweden

No information available

Sweco's website did not provide any information on staff gender ratios, and the practice did not respond to our emails.

www.sweco.se


Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Turkey

Partners: two women, three men

Established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu and his father Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, Tabanlıoğlu Architects is an architectural firm based in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to the website, the firm has two female and three male partners, making the figureheads 40 per cent female. The staffing structure beyond this point is unclear.

The firm told Dezeen: "We have 166 employees in total, 89 of which are female, which is 53 per cent. Two out of the three design directors are female and in total six out of the eight director positions are also female."

www.tabanlioglu.com/practice_/people


Tengbom
Sweden

CEO: woman
Executive board: six women, two men

Tengbom has 600 employees working in the practice's 11 offices located in Sweden and Finland.

A female CEO is at the head of Tengbom Architects. The website also states it has a further eight-person group executive board. Six of these members are women. In total, the "group executive board" is 78 per cent female.

At the time of publication, the firm had not confirmed these figures were up to date.

en.tengbom.se/about-us


The Buchan Group
Australia

Managing directors: four men
Directors (including project director and design director): one woman, six men
Principals: 15 men

Formed in 1990, the Buchan Group operates across seven locations in Australia and New Zealand where it is based, with offices also in London, Shanghai and Dubai.

The company has four male managing directors and seven directors, of which only one is female. There are a further 15 male principals. Therefore, the proportion of women listed on the "directors and principals" section of the firm's website is four per cent.

The company told Dezeen that they have "implemented and taken part in initiatives including the 100 Women in Property programme".

www.buchan.com.au/leaders


tp bennett
UK

Principal directors: one woman, eight men
Directors: seven women, 34 men

Founded in 1921 by Sir Thomas Bennett, tp bennett is an architectural, interiors and town planning practice with its headquarters located in Bankside, London.

According to its website, one of the principal directors is female and eight are male. Seven women are directors and 34 men. Therefore, the proportion of female principal directors and directors is 16 per cent.

The company had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to confirm our findings.

www.tpbennett.com/people


UNStudio
Holland

Co-founders: one man, one woman
Partners: one woman, three men
Directors: two women, three men

Founded in 1988, UNStudio was grown to a workforce of 200 staff members that work across 27 countries. The practice has company headquarters in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

UNStudio was co-founded by a man and a woman. Leadership is provided by the four partners, of which one is female. There are two female directors and three male directors. In the top three tiers of those listed on the firm's "team" webpage, the proportion of women is 36 per cent. The company confirmed these figures are up to date.

UNStudio sent Dezeen a lengthy statement setting out its views on the subject of gender equality. "At UNStudio we firmly believe in maintaining a culture where individual talent is recognised and rewarded, regardless of gender," it began. "It is extremely important to us that no member of our team would ever feel they had less chance of promotion because of their gender. As such we actively encourage, facilitate and reward ambition across the board."

The statement, which we have not published in full for reasons of space, ends: "We are also all too aware that discrimination does exist within the profession. However at UNStudio we believe that talented minds are far too valuable to waste and that perhaps the biggest challenge facing the practice is to ensure that such waste never occurs as the result of unconscious prejudices."

www.unstudio.com/team?group=position


Valode & Pistre Architects
France

Founders: two men
Partners: two women, two men

While headquartered in France, Valode & Pistre Architects is a global architecture practice with other offices in Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai and Warsaw.

As shown on its website, and confirmed by the company, both founders of Valode & Pistre Architects are male, and two of the four partners are female. Therefore, at partner level, the proportion of women is 33 per cent.

www.v-p.com/en/dvalode-and-jpistre


White Arkitekter
Sweden

CEO: woman
Vice president: one woman, one man
Executive management: 12 women, nine men

White Arkitekter is Europe's third-largest architecture firm, with 16 offices spread across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK.

The firm's website states that it has a female CEO, and one male and one female vice president. There are 21 other executive management staff listed, of which 12 are women. Therefore the firm's executive management team is 58 per cent female.

The company did not respond to our emails asking for confirmation of our findings.

en.white.se/management


Wilmotte & Associés
France

President: man
Managing director: woman
Directors: three men

Founded by Jean-Michel Wimotte in 1975, Wilmotte & Associés has grown to a workforce of 225 employees that operate in 27 countries.

At Wilmotte & Associés, the president is male and the managing director is female. There are three male directors and no female directors. Therefore, the firm's senior management team is 20 per cent female.

The firm had not replied to our emails at the time of publication to verify these figures that were found on its website.

www.wilmotte.com/en/agency/teams


Wong Tung & Partners
China

Managing director: man
Deputy directors: two men
Executive directors: one woman, three men

Architectural practice Wong Tung & Partners was founded in Hong Kong in 1963, where its headquarters remains.

According to its website, the firm's managing director and two deputies are all male, and just one out of the four executive directors is female. In total, this means the firm's top-level management is 14 per cent female.

The firm had not responded to or emails at the time of publication.

www.wongtung.com/en/about/our-people


Woods Bagot
Australia

Non-executive director and chairman: man
Non-executive director: woman
CEO: man
Board: two women, four men

According to the WA100, Woods Bagot is the seventh largest architecture practice in the world, with 850 staff members working across 17 studios that span four continents.

According to its website, Woods Bagot has a nine-person board of directors, three of which are female. The board includes a male non-executive director and chairman, a female non-executive director, and a male CEO. In total the board is 33 per cent female. In addition it has 74 principals/leaders, 18 of which are female, or 24 per cent.

However, the firm told Dezeen that its website is being updated to represent recent staff promotions, which include an additional female board member. The firm said it has 17 directors, of which five are female, and that roughly 47 per cent of its workforce is female.

"We have numerous initiatives underway that focus on equality and balancing these percentages," the firm's global communication lead Pam Raymond told Dezeen.

www.woodsbagot.com/about


ZGF Architects
USA

Managing partner: man
Partners: one woman, 14 men
Principals: 28 women, 43 men

Headquartered in Portland, ZGF Architects have a further four offices in the US, as well as a base in Vancouver, Canada.

ZGF Architects has a male managing partner and 15 other partners, one of which is female. The practice also has 71 principals, 28 of which are female. Therefore, the proportion of women on ZGF's "leadership" web page is 33 per cent.

We contacted the firm via its website, but we received no response at the time of publication.

www.zgf.com/leadership