By Lizzie Bird
The firm said the latest incarnation of the 52-year-old doll, Architect Barbie, would appear this autumn as part of an ongoing series of career-themed dolls. The architect edition of the doll includes heavy black-rimmed glasses, a hard hat, a small model of a pink house, a dress with a skyline print and a cylindrical document carrier containing blue prints.
Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has developed an impressive CV, with over 120 job titles from babysitter to astronaut, via ballerina, business executive, surgeon, gymnast, paleontologist, firefighter and teenage fashion model.
In early 2010 Mattel launched a public-voting system to decide Barbie’s next career move as part of the “I can be…” series of special edition dolls, with architect offered as one option. But in February 2010 the results of the vote saw Barbie shun architecture to become a computer engineer. However, a campaign by architectural historian Despina Stratigakos, curator of a 2007 exhibition Architect Barbie and a professor at the State University of New York’s architecture school, appears to have been successful enough for Mattel to take notice. Stratigakos is thought to be among the architects that collaborated with the toy manufacturer to create Architect Barbie.
See more at http://www.bdonline.co.uk/barbie-the-new-architectural-role-model/4500198.blog. Also looks like its not just Barbie, Justin Bieber has also revealed his ideal job would be an architect?! See RIBA v Bieber and Barbie: the battle for architecture’s future at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/mar/04/riba-beliebers-justin-bieber-architects.