Sorry Barbie--put away the microns and pick up a mouse. You're a computer programmer now. University of Buffalo architecture professor Despina Stratigakos led the charge  for Architect Barbie , but couldn't muster the required number of votes--she lost  to Computer Engineer and News Anchor. (Stratigakos told FastCompany she's working on a possible Architect Barbie collaboration with Mattel.) It's the second time this has happened (Art Teacher beat out Architect in 2002).
Computer Engineer Barbie sports a so-called  "geek-chic" ensemble of a Bluetooth, pink laptop, and binary code graphic tee (what, no QR code ?). Black turtlenecks aren't nu-rave enough, I guess, though she is sporting what look like a killer pair of Orgreens .
Meanwhile, Building Design  reported last week that the world's most famous female architect, Zaha Hadid, saw a major drop in her firm's income last year--from about $8 million in 2008 to $2.5 million in 2009. It's a shock because Hadid seemed to have been doing well. She landed major projects like the Vienna University library  and the Antwerp Port Authority , hired about 40 designers, and raised the salary of the firm's highest-paid director by half, to $454,000. Which probably helps explain the slump in profits--most architecture firms spent the year slashing positions , not creating them. Case in point: not even Barbie could get a job.
[via Curbed LA ]