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When women support each other incredible things happen.

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We are Architektky [Women in Architecture], the only community in the Czech Republic that unites and further educates women working in the fields related to built environment. 

We help graduates of architectural and related fields to establish cooperation, develop professional skills and find solid ground for their further career.

Our goal is to achieve greater diversity in architectural representation, to open architecture towards diverse life paths and to co-create a kind, listening environment.

We create an inspiring environment for common growth!

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Mentoring

We invite renowned [women] professionals and to show us the way. We ask them, we listen, we discuss. We meet in small groups, in the studio or online.

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Education

We organize lectures on marketing, pricing, psychology and other topics. We develop the skills needed for both business and personal satisfaction.

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Networking

We also meet informally. For coffee, wine or online in the FB group Architektky. Together we solve what resonates most at the moment and we support each other.

​In online world, we already have more than 

1100 members and 100+ women 

have already attended our programs.

 
 
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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)

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Founding story

In February 2019, Adéla invited Alžběta for coffee. They did not know each other, each studied different faculty (Adéla CTU in Prague and FAA in Liberen, Alžběta AAAD in Prague), but they faced the same challenges. They were both just starting their own architectural practice, looking for advice to get started and asking similar questions: i.e. How to set right working methods? Where to find clients? How to value work adequately?

Yet there was no professional organization to help. And so Alžběta and Adéla began to look for answers together, and gradually they became an inseparable duo.

They enrich each other with what the other other lacks, share joys and sorrows, and actively seek opportunities for professional growth. And because they didn't want to keep this only to themselves, they decided to create a community of women-architects and other professionals creating the environment around us.

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Events

Mentoring with Regina Loukotová
Thursday September 9th, 6 p.m.
ARCHIP - Prague 2
in Czech language

 

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We cordially invite you to another mentoring for up to 15 participants, organized by the female professional community of Architektky. This time as a mentor we welcome Ing. arch. Regina Loukotová, Ph.D., founder and rector of the first private university of architecture in the Czech Republic ARCHIP, co-founder of the GEM architects studio and a graduate of the Fulbright program.

The topic of our mentoring: To be affraid or not to be affraid?


Regina's vision for ARCHIP arose from a desire to transform the outdated system of architectural education in the Czech Republic, to bring students new educational methods and professional development. This requires a certain amount of courage, especially in local environment.

The official part of the mentoring 18: 00-19: 00, followed by the informal part and networking, expected to end at 19:30. Please come in time.

 

Dresscode: Business-casual

We can arrange babysitting during the official part. Before purchasing a ticket, please contact us at architektky.info@gmail.com

The financial aspect of the meeting should not be a reason not to attend. We offer several scholarships for each mentoring. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us at

architektky.info@gmail.com.

We follow valid hygienic regulations. Disinfection and affidavit will be available on the spot.

Past events (selection):

Education:

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?

Mentoring:

...with Gabriela Kaprálová (ASGK Design)

...with Alžběta Vrabcová (DMAE Architects)

...with Kateřina Šedá (Architect of year 2017)

 
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Media and news

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.

Read the article (in Czech)...

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.

Read the article (in Czech)...

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!

Read more (in Czech)...

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.

Listen to us (in Czech)...

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.

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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.

Read more...

 
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FAQ

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 an environment that is only for women. 

3. How can I be in touch with Architektky if I am not part of the community?

You can connect with us via our instagram, facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter. We look forward to you!

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 

Open Database of Women Architects.

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..

 

Contact:

 

MgA. Alžběta Brůhová

Ing. arch. Adéla Pečlová

architektky.info@gmail.com

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