A good new novel about a female architect


As someone who has architects—female and male—in the family, I’d like to recommend a new novel, Hazel Harzinger’s Adventures of a Girl Architect ( The main character is trying to establish herself in the profession despite those who put her down as a “girl architect.” Happy International Women’s Day!

Mar 8, 18 2:13 pm

I will read this book. I also recommend Where'd You Go, Bernadette? about a mother and architect who goes missing - the movie (starring Cate Blanchett!) opens on Mother's Day.

But something about the Adventures of a Girl Architect book blurb "...after a disastrous studio review at the University Of Michigan..." made me think of probably still my favorite ever story from Archinect's Worst Crit thread:

We had a guy who decided to do his floor plans in white pencil on black boards (for no apparent reason), but in the middle of the plan at the bottom of a long, curving and descending ramp. He went through this LONG explanation about how once you descend down this ramp and turn this corner you would be greeted by his marvelous invention: "The AQUACOLUMN" and this fish tank that wraps around the column would hold piranhas and other exotic fish.

One simple question from the crit about the slope of his ramp and it was all over for him. It was obviously too steep and all of the jurors start into this story that went like this:

"so I lose control of my wheelchair on your 35% sloped ramp...."
"as your fingers are getting caught in the spokes of the wheelchair..."
"then I look up....."
"and you're heading straight for a fish tank..."
"... with piranhas inside..."
"so you crash into the fish tank..."
"shards of glass have sliced my arm off...."
"the rushing water knocked a little 3 year old girl off her feet nearby..."
".. who was just trying to see the fish..."
"I'm soaked and wet as 300 gallons of water are flowing over me..."
"... so I'm drowning...."
"and I have piranhas flapping in my lap
"or eating everyone else's legs who was standing in the lobby..."
"if they haven't already drowned or been sliced up by all of the glass..."
"or eaten by the piranhas..."

the entire room was exploding with laughter as they were doing all of these crazy hand motions and swimming motions to enact their story..

he just sat there silent and never cracked a smile...

Mar 8, 18 2:56 pm

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