Archinect - News 2016-02-12T23:42:00-05:00 The uphill climb to gender equity continues... Justine Testado 2014-08-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:48:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos, historian and University at Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged <em>and continue</em> to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. From that, another question remains: Is anyone even paying attention?</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arab Women in Architecture Film</a></p> feminist wall of shame Quilian Riano 2013-11-15T12:44:00-05:00 >2015-05-16T09:08:10-04:00 <img src="" width="240" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New tumblr blog that looks at "outrageously gender-imbalanced lecture series, etc." send observed inequalities to feministwall at gmail dot com.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> Women in American Architecture: 1977 and Today Nam Henderson 2013-09-04T10:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T01:01:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think the development of design and planning ideas over the past three decades is where feminism has actually been most effective but least acknowledged...Architecture and planning have been reshaped by these feminist agendas in many areas...but I don&rsquo;t believe academic culture acknowledges explicitly the influence of feminist ideas on the architectural and urban design practices and projects of the past three decades. - Torre</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Architectural League has published some of the content (the introductory essay) of Susan Torres's 1977 exhibition/book Women in American Architecture. They also released an interview with Susana Torre conducted earlier this year, by Rosalie Genevro and Anne Rieselbach.</p> <p> h/t @amlblog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> Beyond the Pritzker: What's Next for Women in Architecture? Places Journal 2013-07-30T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:44:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="628" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My own conviction is that the most meaningful prolonged response to the Pritzker &mdash; but much more, to the entrenched discrimination it both reflects and reinforces &mdash; will involve political action directed toward measureable change. It will involve ramping up the current professional and cultural conversation &mdash; now focused on sharing experiences, promoting awareness, influencing leaders in the field &mdash; and articulating specific goals, definable outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lately the subject of women's status in architecture &mdash; long dismissed as essentialist and unnecessary &mdash; has bounded back onto the agenda. As recent articles, books, exhibitions, online discussions and petition campaigns all attest, the full integration of the profession remains a fraught and unfinished business. Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time to engage the larger sphere of political activism &mdash; to translate the widespread awareness of tenacious inequality into an ongoing campaign with concrete goals.</p> Unforgetting Women Architects Places Journal 2013-06-03T17:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T11:15:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A historian might spend decades undertaking research in archives and writing up discoveries in scholarly journals, but if the work does not have a presence online &mdash; and, specifically, a presence that is not behind a paywall &mdash; it is all but invisible outside academia. As Ridge states, &ldquo;If it&rsquo;s not Googleable, it doesn&rsquo;t exist.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Over the decades women architects have received scant attention from historians and prize juries. On Places, Despina Stratigakos writes, "The painful cancellation of Denise Scott Brown in the awarding of the Pritzker Prize solely to her husband and collaborator, Robert Venturi, is an important but hardly exceptional example of how female partners are written out of history by a profession suffering from Star Architect Disorder, or SAD." Stratigakos argues that it's time to write women back into history &mdash; and that the place to start is Wikipedia.</p> Why Architects Need Feminism Places Journal 2012-09-12T12:42:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T18:12:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those of us who have long fought for greater diversity in architecture, the slow pace of change is less alarming than the emergence of cynical voices that dismiss the viability of architecture as a profession. At the final Van Alen roundtable, Dagmar Richter relayed the opinion, expressed by some in the field, that the declining status of the discipline is reflected in the growing presence of women in architecture schools &mdash; in other words, women are making headway because men are bailing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Are we really ready to be post-feminist? Inspired by a series of Van Alen Institute roundtables held this spring &mdash; and by the alarming attrition rate of women practitioners &mdash; Despina Stratigakos advocates for an expanded role for next-wave feminism in architecture and design. Understanding feminism "as a matrix of politically conscious social, spatial and environmental strategies," she argues, could spur us to experiment with new models for a "more sustainable and inclusive architecture culture."</p> The Incredible True Adventures of the Architectress in America Places Journal 2012-09-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-09-10T13:57:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let&rsquo;s mentor a new generation of architects who are as proud to be women as they are proud to be designers. And let&rsquo;s start by taking back the &ldquo;architectress,&rdquo; by infusing that cringe-inducing, condescending, mid-century term of opprobrium with some born-this-way, kick-ass, grrrl-power, retro cool. Imagine Architectress t-shirts and Architectress tattoos, Architectress blogs and Architectress fansites, Architectress flash mobs and Architectress meetups. Imagine Architectress going viral.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Back in the '70s, second-wave feminists were organizing and agitating, forming alternative communities, creating new spatial practices and attempting to pry open what a contemporary reporter called the "exclusively male preserve" of the American architecture profession. Gabrielle Esperdy revisits their "amazing adventures&nbsp;fighting for gender equality" and measures the distance we've traveled since. It's pretty far, she concludes &mdash; but not far enough.</p>