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Pint-sized plastic woman becomes latest architect

Pint-sized plastic woman becomes latest architect

Never has a woman been so successful across such a broad range of careers. Having dabbled in employment as a doctor, dentist and even a racecar driver, Barbie’s official 2011 career might come as either a compliment or perhaps insult to some. Are you ready for architect Barbie? 

The powerhouse behind the pint-sized plastic career woman, Mattel Inc, recently announced the Architect Barbie as its 2011 career of the year, pushing the doll into over 125 careers over a very long, plastic-filled lifetime. 

The decision to go with architecture came after Mattel worked with two members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The company says consulting with the AIA has enabled this edition of Barbie to be ‘’authentic to the career”. 

For its part, the AIA says the move recongises the importance of woman in architecture. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for little girls to see how they can influence their environment and dream about becoming an architect and shaping their community,’’ says Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, LEED AP, an associate director of the Capital Planning Group at the University at Buffalo and 2011 resident-elect for AIA New York State.  “Pop culture influences our career decisions and Barbie, for little girls, is an important influence.”

So what can you expect an architect Barbie to be wearing? Mattel have opted for a blue and pink dress that depicts a city skyline, complimented with short black boots, a short black jacket and a hard hat for onsite work. She also has black spectacles so she can scrutinise blueprints which come in a pink tube that is carried over one shoulder. 

Mattel describes the outfit as ‘’symmetrically stylish with bold colors and clean lines.” 

For our part, we're not entirely convinced of her work so far, as evidenced by her pink house accessory.  But you be the judge.