Is the Architect ? : Has Being a Woman in Architecture Changed

Welcome to the is the architect ? series, the series i

This week we are going to talk about whether being a woman in architecture has changed in the last century, this is a subject i think should be brought up and discussed as many women take the career of architecture as a way of life.

What were the problems?

Following on from the great pieces on women in architecture from Life of an Architect and Arch Daily,
women in architecture were descrimination and low pay which to be straight is still going on today. The effect of the problem has lead to a drop in the percentage of women choosing architecture as a profession, there has not been a in depth analysis as to why women are being discouraged to continue or practices to hire females.

As demonstarted below statistics :

Whos changing the game ?

Zaha hadid has even spoken about how she was told your good enough for a girl, these comments can be very demoralising for the new generation of architecture students.

Zaha hadid

She taught at prestigious institutions around the world; she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, guest professorships at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. She was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria. In 2002, she won the international design competition to design Singapore’s one-north master plan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland


Jeanne Gang

Gang earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1986 and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University in 1993. In 1989, she was an International Rotary Fellow, and she studied at the ETH Swiss Federal University of Technical Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to founding her own firm, she worked with OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam.

The work of Studio Gang has been exhibited at the International Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Gang has been featured in publications such as Metropolis and Architecture Magazine. She has received high honors for her work, including an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.


Victoria Meyers

Founding partner, hanrahan Meyers Architects (hMa), Victoria Meyers architect’s new book, ‘shape of sound’ will be available in 2013.

Julie Eizenberg

Julie Eizenberg is a founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, established in 1981. She brings design vision and leadership to the firm’s wide range of projects and is recognized for her expertise involving cities, non-profit agencies, educational institutions and private developers. Ms. Eizenberg is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the conventional buildings of everyday living.






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