Study of Racism in the Architectural Profession

Funded by: CABE


December 2001 to February 2013

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Background, summary and aims


Policy Studies Institute was approached by the Society of Black Architects, following a seminar on cultural diversity held at CABE in October 2001, to explore the potential for a research study into ethnicity and careers in architecture. Following an initial discussion with interested parties, it was agreed that CABE would make funding available for a scoping study. The purpose of the study was to:

  • identify existing research and data sources on ethnicity and careers in architecture;
  • identify research and data relating to ethnicity and careers in comparable professions; and
  • identify possible areas for future research into ethnicity and careers in architecture and their cost implications.


Minority Ethnic Students and Practitioners in Architecture: a scoping study for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (2002) by Helen Barnes, Dorothe Bonjour and Melahat Sahin-Dikmen is available at