Archinect - News 2016-02-08T01:11:08-05:00 12 innovative architects (and women) of Maryland Nam Henderson 2016-01-07T02:08:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T11:21:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We just really felt that it was important to capture these stories, before they disappeared, even when finding information proved very difficult,&rdquo; says Storms. &ldquo;You see how history sort of evaporates&mdash;and then it&rsquo;s like it doesn&rsquo;t exist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Weekly</a>, Jessica Kim Cohen reviews&nbsp;an extensively detailed exhibit (launched/organized by the members of the Women in Architecture Committee of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects (AIA) Baltimore Chapter</a>)&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Early Women of Architecture in Maryland</a>&rdquo;&nbsp;which is on display downtown at the central branch of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enoch Pratt Free Library</a>&nbsp;until January 16.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t </a>@Fred Scharmen</p> Un-Forgetting Influential Voices: Women in Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop Donna Sink 2015-11-12T12:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T01:08:20-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>&ldquo;History is not a simple meritocracy: it is a narrative of the past written and revised - or not written at all - by people with agendas.&rdquo; </em>- Despina Stratigakos, "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Places Journal</a>, June 2013</p><p>In 2007, in the nascent days of Wikipedia, Archinecter Quilian Riano posted a call for &lsquo;necters to join in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">group online effort</a> to edit the Wikipedia page on Architecture to improve what had been a minimally considered &ndash; and minimally accurate &ndash; entry.&nbsp;</p><p>Now editing has become a social act: on 21 November 2015, you can join the Women In Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop at the SCI-Arc Kappe Library to engage in the act of &ldquo;unforgetting women architects&rdquo;.&nbsp; You can even write about the woman architects you most want the world to know about &ndash; just bring some biographical information and enthusiasm for spreading the word.&nbsp; The jointly-sponsored Association for Women in Architecture + Design event will provide Wikipedia editing training d...</p> Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T21:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the first sole woman to win the medal in its 167-year history (women have shared the prize with others before), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> said, "I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honor in her own right. Part of architecture&rsquo;s job is to make people feel good in the&nbsp;spaces where we live, go to school or where we work - so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence &ndash; that shouldn&rsquo;t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baghdad-born Hadid, who started her now London-based practice in 1979, adds the Queen of England and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a>-given award to other notable prizes, including her 2004 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&#8203;In Professor Sir Peter Cook's Royal Gold Medal citation, he notes that Hadid's "vociferous criticism of poor work or stupidity re...</p> Diana Agrest gets profiled as one of NPR's "50 Great Teachers" Justine Testado 2015-04-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is both expansive and specific, artistic and technical. Agrest says that even after teaching and practicing the discipline for over 40 years, she still marvels at how much there is to learn. 'Architecture is really difficult. I realized that only very recently,' she says. 'It's like music. You can enjoy it but &mdash; to know it &mdash; it's a different story.' Another bit of wisdom she shares with her students: The career of an architect blossoms late.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now at 70 years old,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Agrest</a> reflects on some of her teaching and design approaches in her illustrious career, with those approaches having influenced both former and current students and fellow educators alike.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-21T21:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:46:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="610" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #390 Nam Henderson 2014-10-23T11:56:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T00:06:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amelia <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiles the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;aka ANFA</a> and ponders the lessons from her time spent down in San Diego for ANFA&rsquo;s annual three-day conference at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.&nbsp;Does neuro-architecture truly hold the promise of translational design?</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> dreams "<em>I have a hard time seeing how this provides more meaningful feedback than occupant surveys...That said...I can't wait until I can wear some headset that makes revit models of whatever I'm thinking!</em>"&nbsp;while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;a regular advocate for the use of the "<em>the old EEG headset</em>"&nbsp;was pleased "<em>great piece and like how you link all your news posts into a feature story..Although, much of what is going on now is data gathering, it is considerably more useful than just survey stats</em>".</p><p>For a more speculative version of <strong>Deans List</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect spoke with Hernan Diaz Alonso, upcoming Director at </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> in Los Angeles.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>"Archinect Sessions" a new weekly podcast hosted by Paul and Amelia, releas...</p> Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-03T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T13:29:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The farther up you look in the world of architecture, the fewer women you see. In this chart, we&rsquo;ve rounded up some common and publicly available metrics behind this claim. Like thousands of aspiring architects, we&rsquo;ll start at the bottom and work our way up&mdash;while also pausing on the way to consider what these measures mean.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chikako Chang</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>'s Director of Research + Information and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prolific Archinect blogger</a>, has created a series of infographics charting the progress of women's roles in architecture. The statistics are, at a glance, both depressing and hopeful: compared to overall representation in the population, women occupy a disproportionally tiny slice of architecture's higher tiers, but the numbers do seem to be increasing over time.</p><p>Check out all the infographics in our image gallery below. Lian also posted an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in-depth look at the infographics over at the ACSA blog</a>, showing how the data was sourced and analyzed.</p> Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx wins 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize Justine Testado 2014-09-15T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T00:42:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sheila Kennedy&nbsp;&mdash; a principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KVA MATx</a> and the first woman to hold the title of Professor of the Practice of Architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT&rsquo;s School of Architecture &amp; Planning</a>&nbsp;&mdash; was announced today as the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize.</p><p>Awarded every two years by the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED), the $100,000 Berkeley-Rupp Prize is given to a distinguished design practitioner or academic who has made significant contribution to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work exhibits commitment to sustainability and community. The prize consists of a semester-long professorship, a public lecture, and a gallery exhibition at the CED. Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners received the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Prize in 2012.</p><p>Kennedy is scheduled to begin her residence in January 2015. On February 4, she will give a public lecture on soft infrastructure followed by an open studio exhibition showcasing her work in progress at Wurster Hall on the U...</p> Built By Women NYC is searching for 100 of the best NYC projects built by women Justine Testado 2014-09-10T19:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Being a woman practicing in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction and the like is already a triumph in itself&nbsp;&mdash; let alone leading the design and construction of a built project. To honor this,&nbsp; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation</a> just launched Built By Women NYC, a project that highlights 100 outstanding buildings or built environments&nbsp;&mdash; historic or contemporary&nbsp;&mdash; located in New York City that were built/designed/constructed by women.</p><p>Until October 31, BxW NYC is accepting nominations of women who were directly responsible for leading the design (architecture, engineering, or landscape) or led the construction (either from the development or construction management team) for the structure or built environment. Projects must be completed or have broken ground and located in New York City.</p><p>Anyone of any gender is welcome to make a nomination! Women can also nominate themselves.</p><p>The jurors for BxW NYC include:</p><p><strong>Deborah Berke, FAIA</strong>, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners<br><strong>Joa...</strong></p> 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> In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:36:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's still a glass ceiling, ironically, in architecture," said Rosa Sheng, senior associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco and chairwoman of the Missing 32% Project, a group that promotes equitable treatment of all architects. "There's an influx of more women coming in, but the hurdles haven't changed," she said. It takes roughly 12 years to become a licensed architect, according to NCARB.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient Justine Testado 2014-05-20T15:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:58:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, has been announced as the 2014 recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The award comes from the upcoming Venice Biennale -- the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Fundamentals opening June 7 through Nov. 23, 2014. Aside from founding the CCA, Lambert is also widely known for commissioning the historic Seagram Building in New York to Mies van der Rohe.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lambert was selected by the Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, under Director Rem Koolhaas. She will formally accept the Golden Lion award on June 7 at 11 a.m. in the Giardini of la Biennale, during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition opening and award ceremony.</p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> How Women Are Climbing Architecture's Career Ladder Alexander Walter 2014-03-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1980, when Marsha Maytum was a fledgling designer at the San Francisco architecture firm EHDD, the majority of women on construction sites were centerfolds. [...] Nearly 35 years later, progress has been measurable but mixed. Women make up 25 percent of architecture staff in the U.S., though they now earn 42 percent of the architecture degrees.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men' Alexander Walter 2014-02-10T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only just over 20 per cent of architects are women, according to the most recent statistics, with only 14 per cent working as directors or partners of practises &ndash; and those who do enter the profession can be given a rough ride. [...] According to AJ: "Two thirds of women have suffered sexual discrimination at work, an eight-point increase since the survey began in 2011." Wow. An increase, just when you&rsquo;d hope things would be getting better.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sexism means women still can&rsquo;t break the glass&nbsp;ceiling in architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kathryn Findlay, recipient of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize, dies at 60</a></p></li></ul> Mecanoo’s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-02-07T13:51:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:18:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The Architects' Journal</em>&nbsp;(UK) announced Francine Houben, creative director and founder of Dutch firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, as the recipient of the AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014. The award honors design excellence and strong leadership among women in architecture.</p><p>Houben received the prestigious award in a ceremony at London's Langham Hotel on Feb. 7. Projects of Houben and Mecanoo include the high-profile Library of Birmingham, La Llotja de Lleida, and the Kaap Skil maritime and beachcombers museum.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Upon receiving the award, Houben said, "'I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to be an architect, which was not always an easy combination. It was also a privilege to design the Library of Birmingham, here in the UK. Libraries play an essential role in the emancipation of young women all over the world. I&rsquo;m very proud to be able to design more projects with a &lsquo;Dutch touch&rsquo; in the UK. I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the ...</p> Sexism means women still can’t break the glass ceiling in architecture Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T14:13:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sexism is alive and well in architecture, according to research showing that two-thirds of female architects believe the construction industry hasn&rsquo;t fully accepted the authority of women. The annual Women in Architecture survey, conducted by Architects&rsquo; Journal, found evidence of widespread discrimination and unequal pay in the profession.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2014 AIA Gold Medal posthumously awarded to Julia Morgan, FAIA - the first female recipient Justine Testado 2013-12-12T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T16:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Fifty-six years after her death, the Board of Directors of the AIA voted today to honor the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957) &mdash; the first woman to ever receive the award. Morgan will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.<br><br> Considered as the AIA's highest honor, the Gold Medal recognizes an individual's work that has majorly influenced the theory and practice of architecture. Morgan's most famous works include Hearst Castle; Asilomar YWCA in Pacific Grove, CA; and St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA.<br><br> Here are more details about Julia Morgan:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Morgan won a litany of firsts she used to establish a new precedent for greatness. A building technology expert that was professionally adopted by some of the most powerful post-Gilded age patrons imaginable, Morgan practiced for nearly 50 years and designed more than 700 buildings of almost every type. The first woman admitted to the prestigious architecture school at the E...</p> Editor's Picks #341 Nam Henderson 2013-11-12T19:20:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T10:09:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Rosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an Op-Ed -&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials and Opportunity: Embracing Intentional vs Spontaneous Change in the Workforce</a>.&nbsp;In the piece she puts a challenge/question to her contemporaries; "<em>What if rather than changing jobs or companies, you tried to change the system or culture within your existing work environment? our generation of millennials 'grows up' a little bit, and decides to potentially (just maybe?!) settle down a bit, how do we identify opportunities to yield change through a thoughtful investment of time and commitment?</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;agreed with the gist but added "<em>i think there is value in change at the beginning of your career&hellip;later on, stability is good&hellip;but don't just stick to stick. find a situation that you value, that makes you want to become rooted and engaged in a more committed way</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liz von Hasseln, one part of the husband-and-wife team and 3D sugar-printing design firm, The Sugar ...</a></p> ArchiteXX and the Wage Project to inform women in architecture on important salary negotiation skills Justine Testado 2013-10-18T13:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:26:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Especially for recent graduates, knowing how to smartly negotiate salaries can be a little confusing--and what with the ongoing issue of the gender wage gap. To offer help on the popular topic, ArchiteXX (formerly Women in Architecture) and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wage Project</a> will hold their first&nbsp; event tomorrow, Oct. 19 in New York City.</p> <p> Led by Evelyn Murphy, the workshop event will teach all women practicing in architecture--from recent graduates to the more experienced--the necessary skills to be a sharper salary negotiator.</p> <p> To buy tickets for the event and additional details, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. Space is limited!</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>