barbie meets architect

So… this will blow your mind.

It kind of blew mine… and as a member of the Architecture profession and as a girl, this made me laugh out loud:


“In an effort to encourage more little girls to become architects, the American Institute of Architects held a design competition for Barbie.”

Well, a design competition to design a house for “i can be an architect, Barbie”

Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition

I like how in the image, Barbie has fancy little “architect” glasses on her head. Because all of us girl architect’s wear those.

And the pink architect’s poster case. ย Let me tell you, that isn’t on some “supplies list” at the local architecture school. ha.

Little girls beware: not only is barbie lying to you about a skinny little waist and a way to big bosom, but they’re just filling your head with a few more lies about how easy it is to become an architect. All you need is the glasses and pink poster satchels to make you into an insta-architect! ๐Ÿ™‚ hee hee hilarious.

Anyway. I guess it’s kind of cool to think outside of the normal Barbie box of high heels, closets full of fancy dresses and nights out in hollywood.

What I think is funny is that our profession is full of extreme feminists(who i would bet were a little annoyed with the whole Barbie thing). It is a profession that 15 years ago, women were few and far between. In my parent’s generation there may have been 1 or 2 female architecture students in an entire class. So I guess it’s interesting that AIA is using this tactic to entice little innocent girls…

The American Institute of Architect’s had a competition to design a house for this little fashion model architect.ย Check it out the articleย  HERE. There’s another article about it HERE To see the winning house design click HERE.

And I have to admit… if I had a little girl I’d probably let her play with Architect Barbie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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