In July 2018, Equality in Design, a student group at the Yale School of Architecture, sent two surveys to approximately 86 schools around the world, seeking to assess the educational climate of architecture and its ability to provide an equitable experience to its students, regardless of their gender identification. The results trickled in over the course of the next few months, reaching a total of 779 responses. Experiences of students continents apart started to form common threads, while others offered divergent opinions.
Designed around a collection of reconfigurable seats, the show creates a space for dialogue that will animate its contents. Bringing the intersection of gender and architecture to the fore, A Seat at the Table aims to be a starting point for a longer and larger conversation. The seats in this exhibition have been donated by students of YSoA. Their diversity in size, material and structure can be considered analogous to the various complex identities that come with any convergence of individuals in architectural spheres.
The exhibition is designed not to provide conclusions, but to make space for longer conversations. We invite you to add your questions, comments, and experiences wherever you wish. The gallery presents information from the survey and external sources, but will only truly be animated by the thoughts and opinions of the people that visit.