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Career building: women and non-standard employment in architecture


  • Valerie Caven


Non-standard working arrangements are traditionally associated with insecure employment and thus said to act as a constraint on women architects' careers. The working patterns of 37 women architects have been examined using a career life history approach and findings indicate that to follow non-standard working patterns in professional employment need not necessarily serve to constrain and may even enhance women's career development. Many of the women architects following non-standard forms of employment find that it has been beneficial to their career. The recurring theme from these interviews was the need to be able to follow a career but on certain terms. The time commitment required prior to qualification provides a strong motivation to continue working throughout their working lives.

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  • Valerie Caven, 2006. "Career building: women and non-standard employment in architecture," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(5), pages 457-464.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:24:y:2006:i:5:p:457-464
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190600601354

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    1. Antonia Sinden, 1998. "Employment Decline in the UK Architecture and Surveying Sectors," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 54-71, January.
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