Constructing a career: women architects at work

Val Caven (Department of Human Resource Management, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 1 August 2004


Using data from 37 interviews carried out with female architects in Britain, this paper examines how they have constructed their careers in a male‐dominated profession. The findings indicate that there is a significant rejection of the “traditional” career within an organisation; instead there is diversity in the forms of work organisation adopted especially with regard to the desire for control over career and working life.



Caven, V. (2004), "Constructing a career: women architects at work", Career Development International, Vol. 9 No. 5, pp. 518-531.



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