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For more than 50 years, Barbie® has empowered girls to dream big and explore a world without limits. This year, Barbie® unveils I Can Be …TM Architect, encouraging a new generation of girls to pursue a career in architecture.

To ensure Architect Barbie® captured the spirit and style of young architects, Barbie® designers consulted with two female members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) — Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architectural History at the University at Buffalo and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Associate Director of the Capital Planning Group at the University at Buffalo and the 2011 President Elect for AIA New York State.

Barbie® is ready to tackle the daily responsibilities of a professional architect, wearing a symmetrically stylish outfit with bold colors and clean lines showcasing a city skyline. She also carries essential accessories for the job, including a hard hat for safety, a carrying case for her latest designs, and a model of her newest Dream House.

Architect Barbie®, the brand’s ‘career of the year,’ enters the design field on the 125th anniversary of women’s acceptance to professional architectural associations.

Available August 2011 at retailers nationwide, Architect Barbie® will be available in Caucasian and African American versions.

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