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All Male Architects Should Be Required To Navigate Their Own Buildings In A Skirt

Los Angeles Times cultural writer Carolina Miranda took glass catwalks and glass staircases to task for making properties awkward to navigate for women in skirts.

The glass designs are featured in several high-profile structures, such as Apple stores.

Macau Apple Store

“After viewing an architectural schematic that featured a pair of elevated glass catwalks, I posted a tweet that invited male architects to navigate their own designs in a skirt,” Miranda wrote. “The post ignited a flurry of responses from women...”

According to Miranda, such glass features indicate that some public spaces are not designed with women in mind. She cited see-through walkways at the architecture school for the City College of New York and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Downtown Los Angeles as examples.

Apple’s use of glass in its store design also has been criticized before for a lack of sensitivity to female visitors. 

“Yes, Apple’s glass staircases again. What many female shoppers, including myself, have long seen as an example of extremely questionable judgment,” tech writer Joanne McNeil wrote in 2010. “If I were commissioning the interior of any kind of store and someone brought me blueprints including glass staircases, I’d tell him to take a hike.” 

Occasionally, transparent staircases and other features in other places have been similarly criticized. In 2011, a newly opened courthouse building in Franklin County, Ohio, received negative attention from female visitors for its glass staircases, according to CNN.