WOMEN IN THE NEWS
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Women In Design Campaign
Women In Design is a student group at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. In March 2013, WID initiated a petition to grant equal recognition to Denise Scott Brown, for her exclusion from the Pritzker Prize, which her equal partner Robert Venturi won in 1991. The campaign has generated a huge amount of discussion throughout the design world with regards to the changing nature of the profession and the increasingly collaborative nature of architecture. In June 2013, in direct response to the mass amount of support the petition generated, the AIA passed a motion to expand the AIA Gold Medal to include more than one recipient in support of joint creativity.
At America’s Top Architecture Schools, Female Leadership Is the New Normal
Sarah Whiting will become the first woman dean of Harvard’s GSD, joining a growing contingent of female leadership in academia. But will such appointments bring equity to the profession?
30 (More) Essential Women in Architecture and Design
By Azure / March 8, 2019
In honour of International Women’s Day, we celebrate 30 outstanding women in architecture and design. Building on our list of must-know women architects, we present another selection of women in architecture whose contributions lead the field.
The Boss? You’re Looking at Her: 7 Women in the Building Business
By Joanne Kaufman / March 1, 2019 / The New York Times
It is no longer exactly groundbreaking for women to work on construction sites, to develop or design retail and commercial spaces, or to fill those spaces with tenants.
Women, for example, occupy 43 percent of commercial real estate positions industrywide, according to data from CREW Network, a networking organization for women in commercial real estate. And more women than ever now fill senior vice president, managing director and partner slots in commercial real estate businesses.
Still, women who work in male-dominated sectors of the industry sometimes discover that a hard hat is a hard hat to wear. They tell of being locked out of deals, of being condescended to, of having to prove their skills and then prove them again.
One Month Later, the Campaign to Recognize Doriana Fuksas Is Growing
By Katie Okamoto / January 18, 2019 / Metropolis
In December, two architect-activist groups launched a petition to recognize Doriana Fuksas alongside Massimiliano Fuksas, her partner and co-director of Studio Fuksas, in a lifetime achievement award from the National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, Italy. The petition, a joint effort by U.S.-based Voices of Women (VOW) and Italy-based RebelArchitette, had more than 80 signatures when it launched publicly as a Google spreadsheet on December 13—including those of Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas and Denise Scott Brown, herself the subject of a 2013 petition for equal recognition in the Pritzker Prize.
“Women are systematically omitted from architecture”
By Francesca Perani, Louise Braverman and Caroline James / December 18, 2018 / domus
The lack of progress for women in architecture today is a multi-faceted problem with no easy solutions.
This negative situation is exacerbated by a long term code of silence that envelops the field, where women are systematically omitted, casually overlooked, not taken seriously, paid less money and essentially left out of the the architectural dialogue. We feel that it is time to reverse this trend and involve women in the conversation.
Where Are All the Female Architects?
By Allison Arieff / December 15, 2018 / The New York Times
Nearly half of architecture students are women. Why are so few sticking with the industry after graduation?
To get a sense of the state of opportunity for women in architecture, consider that the firm getting the most high-profile architectural commissions in the world right now has just one female principal and this web address: big.dk.
Yes, BIG (for Bjarke Ingels Group) is based in Denmark (hence the “dk”), but the firm’s use of this cheeky address just about sums up the situation facing many women in the architectural profession today.
Women Land Artists Get Their Day in the Museum
By Megan O’Grady / November 21, 2018 / The New York Times Style Magazine
IN 1972, 350 women working in the visual arts descended upon the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to protest and discuss the male-dominated art world and, as reported by The Times, “male discrimination against the exhibition of women’s art in museums and galleries ... and the prejudices of the press and critics against women’s art.” Here, the painter Alice Neel was booed after suggesting that pregnant women should take a break from making art. Judy Chicagodiscussed defining a kind of art based on “the nature of female identity.” Agnes Denes, who had begun what became a little-seen but much-admired 1969 installation in upstate New York that involved planting rice in a field and covering the surrounding trees in chains, was in attendance as well. She was applauded when she denounced a “vaginal sensibility” and proclaimed, “The only inner space I recognize is where my brain is — and my soul.”
The Dallas Art Museum Invests in Contemporary Design By Women
By Brook Mason / October 29, 2018 / Architectural Digest
Though the works of such renowned figures as Charlotte Perriand, Eileen Gray, and Ray Eames can finally be found in many museums (though notably not nearly as much as that of their male counterparts), contemporary female designers—especially those who are mid-career or emerging—too often get short shrift when it comes to museums showcasing their oeuvres. At Texas’s Dallas Museum of Art, however, decorative arts and design curator Sarah Schleuning (who joined the museum staff in March) is taking a bold step to remedying such omissions. “Women + Design: New Works,” which opens October 28, spotlights seven designers, all under the age of 45, and ups the museum’s holdings by acquiring all of the work on view.
At the Tefaf Fair, Old Masters and Powerful Women
By Martha Schwendener / October 25, 2018 / The New York Times
The fifth installment of Tefaf New York, the art fair that started in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is just as grand and impressive as its previous versions. Opening Saturday and running through Wednesday, the show features objects that were made for kings and queens, emperors and pharaohs, and representatives of the avant-garde. Everything on view has been vetted by expert curators and conservators, since the fair was historically a shopping mart for museums. There are 93 booths presented by “experts” (as Tefaf calls them, rather than “art dealers”) and an all-star lineup of programming. On Saturday you can learn about modern art in India; on Sunday, Delacroix or the black figure in art from the 19th century to the present, while Frick Collection officials will discuss plans for their renovation on Tuesday. In the meantime, here are some of the exceptional displays.
Inside the National Gallery of Victoria's new Designing Women exhibition
By Yeong Sassall / October 4, 2018 / Vogue
We’re calling it: 2018 is the year of the female. And where better to celebrate the creativity and abundance of female talent by staging an exhibition at the NGV? Designing Women, which opened last week in Melbourne, draws on the NGV’s considerable collection to explore lighting, furniture, object and fashion design, together with architecture, textiles and contemporary jewellery.
100 Women Making Money, Creating Jobs, and Changing the World
By Inc. Staff / October 4, 2018 / Inc.
They are scientists, creatives, MBAs, data-nerds, and visionaries. For some, it's the first time they've ever started a company. Others have been at this for decades. The Female Founders 100 are the entrepreneurs Inc. has been most intrigued by in the past year, whose smarts are rattling industries far and wide.
Want to Get Rich Buying Art? Invest in Women
By Mary Gabriel / September 24, 2018 / The New York Times
Once, when asked about discrimination against female artists, the Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner said the bias was as old as Judeo-Christian history. Brushing aside the weight of that realization, she added, “There’s nothing I can do about those 5,000 years.” She painted anyway, as have women throughout the ages who have continued to create despite official disdain.
Making Space For Protest: Feminist Architecture Collaborative
An interview with Virginia Black, Rosana Elkhatib, and Gabrielle Printz / September 20, 2018 / A/D/O
Feminist architecture collaborative (f-architecture) is a research office based in Brooklyn, focused on creating new forms of architectural work through activism, critique and spatial intervention. Founders Virginia Black, Rosana Elkhatib and Gabrielle Printz describe themselves as working through “architecture and its refusal,” and expanding the definition of designer. Political by mandate, their work is interested in how bodies interact with space, and how the politics of space influence those bodies. This unfailingly results in projects that are in protest in one form or another.
Text by Emma Macdonald
Images courtesy f-architecture
Architecture Is No Longer Just a ‘Gentleman’s Profession’
Architecture was long called a “gentleman’s profession,” which may have been true if by that you meant one that systematically excluded women for most of its existence Before World War II, you could count the number of noted female architects on one hand. As late as the 1990s, the percentage of architecture firms owned by women in the United States was still in the single digits.
Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Care What You Think of Her. And She Isn’t Going Anywhere
By Molly Ball / September 6, 2018 / Time
Nancy Pelosi stopped caring about what people think of her a long time ago, so she has no qualms about eating ice cream for breakfast with a stranger. Dark chocolate, two scoops, waffle cone. It’s a freezing January morning in Baltimore’s Little Italy, where Pelosi grew up in the 1950s. “You know what’s good about ice cream in this weather?’ she says. ‘It doesn’t melt down your arm while you’re eating it.”
The Future Belonged to Hilma af Klint
By Jerry Saltz / June 6, 2018 / Vulture
The Guggenheim is making a full-barrel bid to canonize Hilma af Klint, the early-20th-century Swedish mystical abstract painter, in art history. It’s only a hundred years late. But then the show is titled “Paintings for the Future,” so perhaps the future she envisioned has arrived at last and she’s finally going to get credit for being so far ahead of everyone else so long ago. The exhibition makes an airtight case for Klint’s being the first modernist artist to paint entirely abstract.
The Hidden Women of Architecture and Design
By Alexandra Lange / June 4, 2018 / New Yorker
In the nineteen-fifties, the designers and developers of Detroit’s Lafayette Park believed that they had thought of everything to make city living as attractive as any suburb. A marquee architect from Chicago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, had created an array of housing options—rental and coöperative—in modernist slab towers, bars of attached town houses, and rows of low courtyard houses. The sharp-edged volumes were all bound together by landscaped greens and a large public park, romantically named the Plaisance, designed by Alfred Caldwell. The location was minutes from downtown. There was an adjacent shopping center. But, when the first “urban pioneers” began moving in, the ground had not yet been broken for the promised Chrysler Elementary School.
Don’t Call Odile Decq a Woman Architect
Interview by William Hanley / May 27, 2018 / Surface
“We are united in denouncing discrimination, harassment, and aggressions against any member of our community. We will not tolerate it. We will not stand silent,” reads a manifesto recited during a protest at the Venice Architecture Biennale last week. Some 100 prominent women in the architecture world participated, disrupting the Biennale’s preview as visitors streamed into the Giardini on a sunny morning. The protesters—including Jeanne Gang, Toshiko Mori, Benedetta Tagliabue, and Pritzker Architecture Prize director Martha Thorne—waved fans in solidarity as they demonstrated against the discrimination and underrepresentation that female designers face in the architecture profession.
What She Said: Women in Design & Architecture
NYCxDESIGN, Design Talks NYC / May 15, 2018
W New York - Times Square hosts What She Said: Women in Design & Architecture, a panel discussion free and open to the public, Moderator Parker Bowie Larson will be leading the hour-long discussion among female luminaries in the fields of design and architecture.
By Anonymous as told to Suzanne LaBarre / March 15, 2018 / Fast Company
The creator of a crowdsourced spreadsheet describing alleged sexual misconduct in architecture calls on the profession to do more than just “support women.”
20 Inspiring Female Designers to Know
By Ryan Waddoups / March 8, 2018 / Interior Design
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we present 20 inspiring women who make up the new face of the design industry.
10 trail-blazing women in design to be inspired by
By Dom Carter, Ruth Hamilton / March 8, 2018 / Creative Bloq
To mark International Women’s day, we’re celebrating 10 of the world’s most inspiring women in design. These are the glass-ceiling-shattering trailblazers who inspire us to be better designers.
Their work crosses disciplines and breaks boundaries. And looking at the incredible women here, it seems hard to believe that the design industry still lacks diversity.
The women designers who made Herman Miller furniture shine
By Alexandra Lange / January 19, 2018 / Curbed
There’s a famous Herman Miller ad, designed by George Tscherny in 1954, that shows the furniture brand’s marquee designers as “Traveling Men.” George Nelson, leaning against a trunk, is heading to Germany at the behest of the government. Charles Eames, looking at a map, is journeying to Japan. And Alexander Girard, pith helmet at the ready, is off to India to collect material for a Museum of Modern Art exhibit.
Zaha Hadid, women designers take spotlight in symposium on unbuilt work
By Sarah Hucal / June 30, 2017 / Curbed
The sudden passing of Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect and cultural icon, shocked the design community—and the world—last year. At 65, Hadid left behind a bustling firm that hasn’t slowed down since her passing and a legacy of spectacular structures.
400 Forward wants to train the next generation of black women architects
By Patrick Sisson / Oct 26, 2017 / Curbed
This past August, the 400th African-American woman was licensed to be an architect in the United States. She wasn’t the 400th this year. She’s the 400th, period, among living, licensed, and practicing architects.