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Success by design

from Globe and Mail

The site supervisor wasn't sure if he should invite the lady to the Christmas party. This was the late 1970s, during the construction of a federal building outside Edmonton. The lady was Vivian Manasc, then a twentysomething architect and often the only woman working on the project. The party had "girls serving drinks who were not heavily dressed," Manasc says. "There was definitely a Playboy feel to it." Manasc, now a principal at her own firm, Manasc Isaac, says. But the bunnies kept hopping. That was nearly 40 years ago; such institutional sexism wouldn't be tolerated on a building site today. Yet other things haven't changed much in that time. While Canadian architecture has some women among its leading lights, the profession remains overwhelmingly male. more


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