Chicago Tribune: “…the Future is Female”

The Chicago Tribune talks with Chicago Leaders, including Carol Ross Barney, about how women are changing the face of Chicago.

“Chicago is an architect’s town. Architectural tours are plentiful in the city, showing off its grandeur and history. New projects are always in the mix, be it a renovation, repurposing or new creation. Through it all, women are at the table, designing buildings that will leave their mark on city landscapes and communities.

Chicago is an architect’s town. Architectural tours are plentiful in the city, showing off its grandeur and history. New projects are always in the mix, be it a renovation, repurposing or new creation. Through it all, women are at the table, designing buildings that will leave their mark on city landscapes and communities…

Q: Neighborhoods change when structures are erected. When you see Chicago’s neighborhoods — the ones where you’ve worked on previous projects — how do you see them?
A lot of our work is design of infrastructure — transit, parks, schools — so the impact is almost always immediate and substantial. The quality of life in our city depends on the functioning health of the entire infrastructure system. I think this means that the dysfunctioning neighborhoods and urban infrastructure need to be fixed first.

Q: What are the challenges of being a woman in this business?
Architecture is a very challenging and competitive business for any practitioner, but the degree of difficulty is exponentially increased for women who face both the prejudices against women in American society and the still unequal status of women in the architectural profession. You only need to look at the leadership at major firms in Chicago to understand the obstacles that women still face…”

Read more at chicagotribune.com.