When I first heard this doll was in the works (maybe a few months or a year back), I was psyched – Architect Barbie, how cool is that?
But when I saw her online this weekend, I was disappointed and maybe even a little horrified. Pink drawing tube, high heel black booties, a short dress and a hard hat – yikes, that’s pretty far from reality (sounds more like Street Walker Barbie tangled with the Village People).
And then, in maybe the next breath, I got over it – this is a toy! It’s for imaginative and creative play and for fun. I think they did a great job, love the city skyline dress, the side pony tail and the black eye glasses (I have had all those things). LOVE that the hard-hat is *not* pink, and that helps me get past the pink drawing tube and the pink model… Overall, fabulous! Besides, most Barbies end up naked with their hair chopped off, at least mine did.
Do I think this will help attract more young women to the profession? No, and frankly I don’t think there is a problem attracting females to the profession (most arch schools are 50/50 male-female). The trouble we have is keeping women in the profession and actually converting them to licensed architects. Which is maybe why my first response to the doll was one part horror and one part disappointment due to the lack of reality/ false impression given. The box disclaimer should read “This is a good toy for a young child, but not intended as an accurate representation for the 16-22 year old who is considering or pursuing the profession.”
Personally, I’d like to see Physicist Barbie, Truck Driver Barbie, or maybe 4-Star General Barbie. Or a little closer to home – General Contractor Barbie.