new ways how to approach architecture.
We are Architektky [Women in Architecture], the only community in the Czech Republic that unites women working in the fields related to built environment.
We draw attention to the inequalities faced by different groups within the architectural profession and seek ways to create more equitable opportunities within the field.
Our goal is to achieve greater diversity in architectural representation, to open architecture towards diverse life paths and to create a kind, listening environment.
We create a supporting environment for common growth!
In online world, we already have
more than 1300 members
and 100+ women have already attended our programs.
Why do we do it?
In Czech architectural faculties, over 60 % of all students identify themselves as women and each year, hundreds of them succesfully graduate.* However, only 20% of architects in leading positions in studios are women and the same goes for the position of city architects.** Where are these women professionals? And why do they make up only 35% of new members registered with Czech Chamber of Architects (ČKA)?***
They are visionaries at school, but in practice they are often hampered by phenomena such as unequal financial reward (gender pay gap), a glass ceiling or combining work with family care. **** We want to change that. We want to provide women further education, contacts and information so that they can more easily influence the building culture. And thus the appearance of the streets, cities and environment we all are living in.
* Data from study departments of all schools with recognized and related education according to ČKA.
** Data available from the ČKA website and from the websites of schools with recognized and related education according to ČKA.
*** 35 % represents the number of successfully authorized women architects only in recent years. The total number of authorized women architects is even smaller - about 25%. Data available from the ČKA website.
**** Research data Working conditions of young architects (ERA21 magazine, issue 03/2020)
Media and news
Architektky at Czechdesign.cz
How have we moved forward in the past few years as an organization and what are the most pressing issues for us within the industry? Interview with Adéla Vavříková and Alžběta Brůhová for Czechdesign.
Read the interview (in Czech)...
Architektky in A2larm podcast
In May, Prague gallery VI PER opened our exhibition TRUTH X CARE: How is life for children and parents in Prague? In addition to Alžběta and Adéla, the authors interdisciplinary team also included Klára Brůhová, Karin Hoření and Jakub Plachý.
Listen to the podcast (in Czech)...
About Architektky in Bourání, Radio Wave
Alžběta and Klára Brůhová talked to Karolína Vránková about women in architecture not only from a contemporary but also from a historical perspective. Where do women disappear, what can we do about it, and what role does biological or symbolic sisterhood play in architecture?
Listen to us (in Czech)...
Architektky in Forbes
Forbes magazine has selected Architektky as one of 7 inspirational professional communities focused on women. We are in company of Femme Palette, Ženy v právu, Ženy v byznysu, Holky z marketingu, Minerva 21 and Ženy s.r.o.
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Architektky among #grlpwr communities
Founder of Holky z marketingu Pavlína Louženská chose Architektky for LMC magazine as one of 7 women professional communitites which will give you a helping hand.
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Architektky in Karel Janeček's accelerator
We were given the opportunity to participate as one of 10 teams in this year's 3-2-1 dílna social business accelerator, which is sponsored by the Karel Janeček Foundation. We were selected from 66 submitted projects!
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Architektky v Živé mesto podcast
In the podcast Živé mesto of Radio FM of the Slovak Radio, we talked about women in architecture and compared experiences from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and around the world.
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Architektky as panelists at the US Embassy
We participated as panelists in the discussion Women in architecture organized by the American Center at the US Embassy Prague. We debated with Amy Hetletvedt, Anna Švarc and Regina Loukotová.
Architektky as curators of ERA21 magazine
We curated the issue 03/2020 of the architectural magazine ERA21 with the subtitle Soil of Architecture. We focused on the working conditions of young architects and the opportunities they have after graduation.
Past events (selection):
Mgr. Alžběta Protivanská - Work-life balanc in architecture
Mgr. Magdalena Čevelová - How to prize my work well?
Mgr. Iva Javorská, LL.M. - About conctracts and authorship
Mgr. Alice Červinková - How to built my body?
...with Mgr. arch. Gabriela Kaprálová (ASGK Design)
...with Ing. arch. Alžběta Vrabcová (DMAE Architects)
...with MgA. Kateřina Šedá (Architect of year 2017)
...with Ing. arch. Regina Loukotová, PhD. (ARCHIP)
Women architects initiate surveys on the state of the architectural profession and education. In cooperation with an interdisciplinary team with sociologist Terezie Lokšová, researcher Eliška Pomyjová and architect Jakub Kopecký, we created a survey Working conditions of young architects.
We also open polls on our instagram account on sensitive topics such as leaving the profession, stories of abuse of power or wages in the architectural profession. For now, all the surveys are in Czech language only. We thank all contributors for their trust. ♡
1. Can I join Architektky community if I am a man or if I do not have a professional connection to the field of architecture?
Unfortunately, no. From the very beginning, Architektky have been based on the idea of a women professional community, and it is important for us to create a safe environment where we can confidently share sensitive topics related to our work and personal life.
2. I do not understand the idea of the women professional community. Do you have anything against men or do you think that a woman cannot assert herself?
Not at all. We believe that personal potential for enforcement is not related to gender. We fully respect and our male colleagues and partners in the profession and in life. However, we need a women-only environment to share the specific life experience that women have in our culture, and explore new paths and possibilities..
3. How can I be in touch with Architektky if I am not part of the community?
4. I want to support greater diversity in architectural representation. What can I do for it?
If you organize conferences, discussions, tenders or publications, you can focus on making your selection as diverse as possible. You may ask yourself the question: Have we selected representatives who have different life trajectories, different needs and/or come from different backgrounds?
5. We want to have a more balanced number of men and women speakers at the conference, but we cannot find any women. What do you recommend?
If you are looking for experts in the field of architecture and related fields, you can get inspired by our
6. I am an expert in the field of building culture. Can I join the Open Database of Women Architects?
Yes! Just fill out this form a and your data will be automatically copied to the database..
7. Can I financially support the activities of the Architektky?
Yes! You can send any donation to the account number of the registered association Architektky, z. s. 2202088599/2010.
Or you can support us through online purchases with the GIVT app (long-term or one-off).
Architektky, z. s.
Praha 6 – Dejvice, 160 00
IČO 140 52 334
IBAN: CZ14 2010 0000 0022 0208 8599
Author of logo: Lenka Juchelková
Author of poster: Oleksandra Derkach