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2016 Women in Architecture Awards Announced

Five American women architects were announced winners of the third annual Women in Architecture Awards by Architecture Record for their design leadership and "increasingly visible role in the profession". The 2016 Awardees are,

Susan T. Rodriguez, Design Leader,
Amale Andraos, New Generation Leader,
Jenny Sabin, Innovator,
Donna Robertson, Educator/Mentor,
Roberta Feldman, Activist

--Victoria McReynolds 14:45, 1 December 2016 (CST)

From A to Zaha

Excellent sampling by Architizer highlighting 26 women architects from the past to present and a reminder of the influential roles they have/had shaping our environments.

From A to Zaha: 26 Women Who Changed Architecture

--Victoria McReynolds 14:28, 1 December 2016 (CST)

Un Día, Una Arquitecta

Always keeping an eye out:

Un Día | Una Arquitecta

...is a 365 day blog project outlining one woman architect's work per day in association with the 2015 Buenos Aires International Architecture Biennial. Un Día | Una Arquitecta highlights women's various influences in architecture, design, and the urban environment through out history reaching back to 16th & 17th century. Each post includes work examples, reference links, and a short summary in Spanish of their influential role. It is a fascinating project unpacking an archive of many previously unseen images and unfolding over the course of a year.

Scroll to the bottom of the blog and you get a extensive listing of downloadable literature and relevant websites.

Un Día | Una Arquitecta - English Google Translation

--Victoria McReynolds 14:26, 25 August 2015 (CDT)

2015 Recognizing Women in Architecture

Fe_arch is pleased to announce Billie Tsien, co-founder with Tod Williams of Billie Tsien Architects, will speak at the 2015 Recognizing Women in Architecture event on Friday, April 17.

--Victoria McReynolds 16:00, 31 March 2015 (CDT)

2014 Recognizing Women in Architecture

Fe_arch is pleased to announce Lise Anne Couture, partner and co-founder with Hani Rashid of Asymptote Architecture, will speak at the 2014 Recognizing Women in Architecture event on Thursday, April 3.

More information is to follow in the coming weeks.

--Victoria McReynolds 19:58, 13 March 2014 (CDT)

M I S S : the platform that celebrates femininity in design

Sites for recognizing women in architecture continue to have presence around the world.

MISS based in London was recently founded by Mary Wang and Vere van Gool as a platform that celebrates femininity in design and initiates a debate about gender roles and cultural stigmas by hosting events and publications. MISS is hosted by the Architectural Association with MISS MAG, an anthology of the year's events, to be published in September 2014.

MISS news

--Victoria McReynolds 00:50, 11 February 2014 (CST)

Julia Morgan Posthumously Awarded the AIA 2014 Gold Medal

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Julia Morgan as 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient.

Recommendation comments included:
“She designed buildings to fit her clients, blending design strategy with structural articulation in a way that was expressive and contextual, leaving us a legacy of treasures that were as revered when she created them as they are cherished today,” AIA Gold Medalist Michael Graves, FAIA

“Looking at her work, one can find her playing with symmetry asymmetrically, slipping forms vertically and horizontally, orienting her buildings for climate and daylight, and expressing structure in new ways, pointing the way to Modernism on the horizon,” AIA Gold Medalist Frank Gehry, FAIA

Architect Magazine and ArchDaily provide further description of the significance in the AIA awarding the Gold Medal to Julia Morgan:

Julia Morgan Posthumously Awarded the AIA 2014 Gold Medal - Architect Magazine
Julia Morgan Awarded 2014 AIA Gold Medal - ArchDaily

--Victoria McReynolds 06:28, 15 December 2013 (CST)

Why the Pritzker Prize Still Matters

A series of short essays that elaborate on comments chosen from the petition to recognize Denise Scott Brown offering a platform for continual conversation of "fundamental dilemmas within the architecture profession."


--Victoria McReynolds 05:59, 15 December 2013 (CST)

Pritzker Prize jury weighs in on Denise Scott Brown

A disappointing response by the current Pritzker Prize jury concludes it will not revisit its 1991 decision, Robin Pogrebin reports in the New York Times article No Pritzker Prize for Denise Scott Brown. When reached by Architect Magazine Denise Scott Brown replied,

It doesn't say they should give me an award. The petition merely states that my work be 'acknowledged.' You can't change history, but you sure can comment on history. Think of all the comments on Nazism. We certainly retroactively critiqued those statements. What has [Palumbo] got against critiquing something done by a jury 20 years ago?

Posted by Architect Magazine - Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee refuses to Honor Denise Scott Brown

--Victoria McReynolds 08:11, 15 June 2013 (CDT)

Partner Without the Prize

The New York Times recently published Partner Without the Prize, offering an insightful understanding of Denise Scott Brown's request to the Pritzker organization, the current position by the Pritzker director, a reminder of the gender unbalance in architecture profession, and Scott Brown's fight challenging those preconceptions.

--Victoria McReynolds 11:36, 21 April 2013 (CDT)

Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus

The New York Times recently ran an article on the early women of Bauhaus school of art and design titled, Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus.

The article outlines Gertrud Arndt in her ambition to study the "weightier" subjects of architecture and her experience confronting gender obstacles within the typically remembered progressive school. The Bauhaus exhibition series Female Bauhaus features Arndt's work at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin through April 22. Earlier exhibitions included the work by Benita Koch-Otte and Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp with plans to continue the series in the future.

--Victoria McReynolds 19:46, 15 April 2013 (CDT)

Denise Scott Brown talks to Architect Magazine

Denise Scott Brown ARCHITECT Q&A with Carolina A. Miranda, Denise shares her experiences in the early years of collaborating with Robert Venturi, discusses her 1989 essay Room at the Top? Sexism and the Star System in Architecture, and gives her impression of the Recognize Denise Scott Brown petition to The Pritzker.

--Victoria McReynolds 20:00, 7 April 2013 (CDT)

Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah discuss practice, sustainability and gender roles in a recent interview by the Architectural League of New York expanding upon the lecture she deliver at the Cooper Union the previous day. Invited as Cooper Union's 2013 Eleanore Pettersen Lecturer, Sarah spoke about the current work of her London-based practice, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects in the lecture "Future Imperfect: Reflections on the Science of Green Building"

--Victoria McReynolds 17:41, 7 April 2013 (CDT)

Outstanding Woman Architecture Students

The College of Architecture recognizes the following twelve students for the 2013 nomination of Outstanding Woman Architecture Student:

Analaura Almeida
Christy Purcella
Katerina Paletykina
Kelsey Beach
Kinsey Steinberger
Luna Vital
Maribel Rangel
Marrisa Meeks
Stephanie Bunt
Taleigh Stingley
Valeria Sierra
Vanessa Valeriano

Their selected work is currently on display in the CoA First Floor Gallery of the Architecture Building. More information on the 2013 Fe_arch Event is located on the wiki page Fe_arch_2013.

Denise Scott Brown demands Pritzker recognition

As Robert Venturi pointed out in his 1991 Prizker Prize Acceptance Speech,

And last, you will notice during this loosely chronological description I have used more and more the first person plural, that is, 'we' - meaning Denise and I. All my experience representing appreciation, support, and learning from, would have been less that half as rich -without my partnership with my fellow artist, Denise Scott Brown. There would be significantly less dimension within the scope and quality of the work this award is acknowledging today -including dimensions theoretical, philosophical and perceptive, especially social and urban, pertaining to the vernacular, to mass culture, from decorative to regional design -and in the quality of our design where Denise's input, creative and critical, is crucial.

During an address at the Architect's Journal Women in Architecture Awards lunch, Denise Scott Brown asked to be retrospectively acknowledged for her role in Robert Venturi's 1991 Pritzker Prize reported by the online magazine Dezeen in Denise Scott Brown demands Pritzker recognition

Announcement of a petition to recognize Denise was recently posted by Lian on Archinect. Petition by Women In Design, Recognize Denise Scott Brown can be found at Change.org.

--Victoria McReynolds 17:43, 1 April 2013 (CDT)

Arch Daily - 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History

In honor of International Woman's Day 2013, Arch Daily posted a quick reading of "The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History". A good reference and short description on the profiles of ten very different women, the earliest being Sophia Hayden Bennett born 1868 in Santiago, Chile.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:16, 8 March 2013 (CST)

Miss Representation

Texas Tech Zetas and the Women's Studies Program are hosting a film screening of Miss Representation on Monday, 25 March from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Escondido Theater of the TTU Student Union Building.

Below is an excerpt from the Miss Representation Film Screening Tech Announcement

In conjunction with {Texas Tech University} Women's History Month this film compliments the 2013 theme "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination". The film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-represntation of women in positions of power and influence.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:37, 7 March 2013 (CST)

Women of Architecture: Andrea Leers and Jane Weinzapfel

Read the recent National Building Museum interview of Andrea Leers, FAIA and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA as part of the Women of Architecture lecture series presented in collaboration with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month.

Films on past lecturers, such as Jeanne Gang and Toshiko Mori, can be found on the National Building Museum Women of Architecture website.

--Victoria McReynolds 19:37, 5 March 2013 (CST)

Paul Witfield-Horn Scholarship

Annual scholarship for Texas Tech women graduate students, the 2013 deadline is three days away on March 8, 2013. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1000 and are award according to professional and academic achievements, character, financial need and timely completion of degree.

Posting from the March 5 TechAnnouce:

The University Women's Club is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Paul Whitefield Horn Fellowship for Women Graduate Students at Texas Tech University. Information, application forms and submission instructions are available at http://www.ttuwomensclub.com/scholarship.html

--Victoria McReynolds 19:17, 5 March 2013 (CST)

the personal is political

PBS premiers MAKERS: Women Who Make America Tuesday, February 26 from 7-10 pm Central Time.

Over the last half-century, America has seen one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has not been changed.

Built on an extraordinary archive of interviews already completed for the website Makers.com, the film will feature the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those -- both the famous and unknown -- caught up in its wake.
(segment from the PBS Makers about website)

Women Architects in the Middle East

BBC Radio 4 broadcast Feb. 1 the episode, "Bridging the Gulf" on women architects and architecture students making a difference in the Gulf region. Razia Iqbal speaks to students in the architecture program at the American University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates to discuss what they anticipate their future entailing.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:11, 5 February 2013 (UTC)


Parlour is an extensive Australian-based platform established in an effort to bridge the gender gap within architecture and design. It is a site for "active exchange and discussion, ...bringing together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture...".

An entry in ArchDaily, Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture offers a great description of the platform origin and contributions.

"The research behind Parlour is led by Dr. Stead and funded through an Australian Reseby Linkage Grant - an Australian Research Council. Nine scholars, four universities and five linkage partners compile data through statistics, interviews and participant observations. The outcome of this research will conclude with a draft for an Equity and Diversity Policy, publications and information provided through the website.
With more than 40 participants and contributors, Parlour has already compiled a broad range of essays that address both the professional and personal concerns of women in architecture. They confront such topics as diversity within the workplace, the balance of work and life, and “architecture and motherhood“. Using case studies of practices where women take on leadership positions, or practices that have a significant gender diversity, Parlour brings insight into the dynamics of the workplace environment and how women perceive their roles."

more on PARLOUR, http://www.archiparlour.org/

--Victoria McReynolds 03:04, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

YSOA : Women in Architecture

Late in 2012 Yale School of Architecture held Yale Women in Architecture, its first-ever two day symposium for alumnae celebrating women's involvement in architecture. Among the participants were Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, DC, and Deborah Berke, recent Berkeley-Rupp Prize recipient.

The Yale Daily News offers this report on the reunion, by Yanan Wang, Women in Architecture reunion examines gender diversity

--Victoria McReynolds 02:01, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

M A K E R S : Women Who Make America

Check out MAKERS.com, a fantastic digital platform archiving interviews of inspiring, trailblazing women.

Among the great collection of stories is architect, Maya Lin reflecting on the controversy surrounding her Vietnam Memorial project and architect, Barbara Bestor sharing her background and inspiration for architecture.

Early in 2013, PBS will air M A K E R S as a documentary program broadcasting the pioneering contributions of these women.

--Victoria McReynolds 00:29, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Berkeley-Rupp Prize awarded to Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke, a principal of her New York City-based architect firm, Deborah Berke Partners and Adjunct Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University is the first recipient of the inaugural 2012 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation posted their 'Deborah Berke, FAIA, Making A Place' interview with her shortly after the 2012 Recipient announcement on September 10.

--Victoria McReynolds 23:53, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Designing Women | Editorial | Architectural Record

Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record Editor in Chief, reflects on the | Pritzker Prize and women in Architecture in the May 2012 issue of | Architectural Record -


--Victoria McReynolds 16:39, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Infographic: Women in Architecture

This recent | Infograph : Women in Architecture on Arch Daily, takes a look at Women in Architecture statistically from January 2009 to December 2011 and historically starting in 1869. Put together by The Architects' Journal with sources from | Association for Women in Architecture, the | WIA fund, | The Architects' Journal, | AIA.org and | School of Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The full infograph can be found at Fe_arch Women in Architecture page with the original posting on the Arch Daily website post, | http://www.archdaily.com/216844/infographic-women-in-architecture/

--Victoria McReynolds 02:08, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Advancement for Women Architects?

Vanessa Quirk, for | ArchDaily, questions the impact selecting Hadid as the Jane Drew Prize Winner really has on the profession as a whole in her recent article, | "Is Zaha's Latest Prize Really an Advancement for Women?".

Zaha Hadid, recipient of the AJ Jane Drew Prize 2012

On April 20, the British weekly architecture magazine | The Architects' Journal (AJ) hosted the Women in Architecture Awards

| Zaha Hadid for the Jane Drew Prize,
| Walters & Cohen for Woman Architect of the Year, and
| Hannah Lawson as Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

The entire award ceremony, with guest speakers Zaha Hadid and Farshid Moussavi, can be found on the AJ website, | Women in Architecture Awards

Fe_Arch Ceremony and Lecture by Winka Dubbeldam

View the 2012 Fe_Arch Ceremony and lecture by Winka Dubbeldam at the | TTU College of Architecture Youtube video channel

--Victoria McReynolds 01:04, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

2012 Outstanding Woman Architecture Student

Congratulations to

Debbie Molina for being recognized by the architecture faculty

Stephanie Bunt for being recognized by the architecture student body

Katerina Paletykina for being recognized by the Chair of Instruction

Voting opens Monday for Architecture Student Award

Outstanding Woman Architecture Student

The College of Architecture recognizes the following eight students for the 2012 nomination of Outstanding Woman Architecture Student:

Sarah Armanovs
Stephanie Bunt
Nadine Alvarez-Gomez
Golie Nicole Ebrahimian
Debbie Molina
Katerina Paletykina
Gabriela Reyes
Vanessa Valeriano

The awards of Faculty Selected and Student Selected Outstanding Woman Architecture Student will be presented Friday, April 6 during the Fe_arch Event starting at 3:30pm.

Norma Merrick Sklarek, FAIA

The first African American woman to graduate with a bachelor of architecture degree from Columbia University (1950), become a licensed architect in the states of New York (1954) and California (1962), and elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (FAIA) (1966), passed away Monday, February 6, 2012. Los Angeles Times posted this obituary piece on her life as a Pioneering African American architect.

| Norma Merrick Sklarek obituary: Pioneering African American architect was 85

--Victoria McReynolds 17:36, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Fe_Arch Lecture

Winka Dubbeldam, founder of | Archi-Tectonics and professor of practice and the director of the M.Arch II Program at | U.Penn, will join us on Friday, April 6 to share with us her work and experience.

More information is to follow.

--15:33, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Previous TTU COA Recognizing Women Events

2012 Fe_arch
2011 Re-Think Pink
2010 Pink Day