Intercultural Competence


Intercultural competence—the ability to function effectively across cultures—affects performance at all organizational levels. This guide outlines the importance of increasing intercultural competence and recommends how to boost it while reducing bias against people with non-dominant identities.

You'll learn architecture’s challenges—including white male–dominated structures, the hero-architect trope, and extreme criticism—clash with collaborative practices, work-life balance, and practitioners’ diverse backgrounds. This guide covers questions to assess organizations’ intercultural competence levels along with concrete steps individuals and firms can take to create a level playing field and effect structural change.

New additions to Chapter 1

  • Increased distinction between gender-based and race-based issues.
  • Augmented discussion of structural inequities and mechanisms by which dominant culture is perpetuated.
  • Expanded concept of intersectionality and how it informs ally-ship.


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