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Built Environment Workforce Report Reveals Experiences of Prejudice

Built Environment Workforce Report Reveals Experiences of Prejudice
09 June 2023 | Updated 08 June 2023

A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences provides a glimpse into how workers in the built environment experience prejudice based on age, gender and race in the USA.

The survey, produced in partnership with Avenue M Group, interviewed a sample of people from organisations such as The American Institute of Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors  and the US Green Building Council.

Almost one-third (32 per cent) of people surveyed indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on age. Around two-thirds (67 per cent) of women indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice in the built environment based on gender.

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of respondents were men, and about three in 10 (31 per cent) were women. More than four in five (82 per cent) identified as White and/or a person of European descent.

Seven per cent of respondents identified as Hispanic and/or Latina/Latino/Latinx; 4 four per cent identified as Black, African American, and/or a person of African descent; four per cent identified as East Asian; and three per cent identified as Native American, Alaska Native, First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit.


Defining Diversity in the Built Environment


More than seven in 10 respondents included race (75 per cent), ethnicity (74 per cent), gender (73 per cent), and age (71 per cent) in their definition of diversity within the context of the built environment.

Two-thirds (66 per cent) included nationality in their definition, and more than three in five included sexual orientation (62 per cent), religion (62 per cent), disability (62 per cent), and socioeconomic class and/or economic situation (61 per cent).

More than half of respondents included the following in their definition of diversity: life experience (57 per cent), professional experience (56 per cent), language (56 per cent), education (56 per cent), immigration and/or generation status (56 per cent), and political beliefs/affiliations (51 per cent).

You can access the  2023 Built Environment Workforce Survey here.

Picture: a photograph of a person speaking on a smartphone wearing business attire. They are also wearing a hijab. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 09 June 2023


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