20 Oct '14, 3pm
Why the Starchitect Debate isn't Stupid - ArchNewsNow
The topic of credit is close to Willis’s heart because she is an architect who is also a woman, and gender is often at the root of being ignored as an architect (“ignored” is sometimes too kind a description – try “not even existing”). The foundation Willis founded focuses on promoting the accomplishments of women architects, but the agenda is broader than that. Credit in architecture firms is often a very murky business. Young architects (even seasoned ones) will leave a firm if they believe their contributions are not honestly being recognized. More than 20 years ago, in the pages of Progressive Architecture , Tom Fisher wrote about the “Intern Trap,” showing how architecture firms (many of them high-flying design firms) paid intern architects very little or sometimes not at all. It is still a problem. Interns get to add a big-name firm to their resumes, which they belie...