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Women in Architecture Awards 2016: shortlists revealed

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The AR is delighted to announce the shortlists for the Woman Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture

The shortlists feature women who are at the forefront of design – and bring together architects from China, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

The Woman Architect of the Year category names four female architects – Tatiana Bilbao, Jeanne Gang, Kazuyo Sejima and Charlotte Skene Catling – who have demonstrated through their recent projects an outstanding impact on the sector.

The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture shortlist features women who are using innovative architecture to effect positive social change.

The Woman Architect of the Year 2016 shortlist:

Tatiana Housing

Tatiana Housing

Source: Ramiro Chaves

  • Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO (Mexico)

Bilbao’s low-income and climate appropriate housing in Mexico offers a design-led solution to the country’s housing crisis.

Arcus Centre

Arcus Centre

Source: Nic Lehoux

  • Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang (USA)

Gang is recognised internationally for her bold and functional designs that incorporate ecologically friendly technologies, most notable in Studio Gang’s tri-axial Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

Grace farms

Grace farms

  • Kazuyo Sejima, S A N A A (Japan)

Sejima has been shortlisted for her Pritzker award winning studio’s design across projects, and particularly in the 2015 sinuous cultural centre The River, nestled in the rolling Grace Farms landscape.

Flint house

Flint house

Source: Anthony Coleman

  • Charlotte Skene Catling, Skene Catling de la Pena architects (England)

Catling’s wedge-shaped Flint House was in 2015 named the best new house in the UK by RIBA for its celebration of location, material and architectural design at its best.

The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture shortlist:

Eliza Bernazzi

Eliza Bernazzi

  • Elisa Burnazzi, partner and co-founder of Burnazzi Feltrin Architects (Italy)

Burnazzi is driven by a passion for architecture as a creative act, including a striking community centre, dedicated to three young victims of the L’Aquila earthquake.

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  • Gabriela Etchegaray, co-founder of Ambrosi Etchegaray (Mexico)

Etchegaray has worked extensively in architecture and local heritage, with her impressive 2015 Guanajuato Building preserving the façade of traditional colonial houses whilst integrating contemporary private courtyards.

Petra Gipp

Petra Gipp

  •  Petra Gipp, founder of Petra Gipp Arkitektur (Sweden)

Gipp’s iconic works blend architectural and sculptural expression and include the award-winning Kivik Art Centre and the inventor’s studio The Cathedral.

Anna Heringer

Anna Heringer

  •  Anna Heringer (Germany)

Across projects and in her work with NGOs, Heringer’s sustainable architecture makes use of traditional materials of the area and introduces new approaches for efficiency and structural integrity.

Design Bitches Oinkster

Design Bitches Oinkster

  • Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, co-founders of Design, Bitches (USA)

Working at the intersection of architecture, culture and pop and with an emphasis on collaboration, Design, Bitches’ work strikingly reshapes America’s staple food joints.

Jenni reuter

Jenni reuter

  • Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter, Helena Sandman, founding partners of Hollmén Sandman Reuter (Finland)

Hollmén’s architectural focus on environmental and aesthetic sustainability led to the group’s 2007 founded NGO Ukumbi, which offers architectural services for communities in need.

Marie Zaristowskie

Marie Zaristowskie

  • Marie Zawistowski, co-founder of OnSite (USA)

Zawistowski works at the intersection of practice, education and service to expand the role of architects in society through community development projects.

Yinchuan MOCA

Yinchuan MOCA

  • Di Zhang, founder of waa (we architect anonymous, China)

Zhang founded waa in Beijing at the age of 28 with a focus on art-culture related projects. In 2015 waa completed the contemporary museum MOCA Yinchuan.

Christine Murray, founder of the Women in Architecture Awards and editor of the Architectural Review, said: ‘These women architects are creating some of the most impressive, innovative design work in the world today. The global spread is better than it ever has been before, and yet, we did not receive enough entries from Africa, or India — places where maverick women architects appear to be rarer, or less likely to put themselves forward. I hope these awards will help us discover more talented and inspirational role models around the world.’

The Women in Architecture Awards look to inspire change in the architectural profession by celebrating great design by women architects from around the world and promote role models for young women in practice.

Previous winners of the Woman Architect of the Year award include Teresa Borsuk, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards (2015), Mecanoo’s Francine Houben (2014), ABA founder Alison Brooks (2013) and Michál Cohen and Cindy Walters, founders of Walters and Cohen (2012).

Previous winners of the Emerging Women Architect of the Year include vPPR founders Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds (2015), sole practitioner and PhD candidate Julia King (2014), Spanish architect Olga Felip (2013) and Hannah Lawson, Director of John McAslan + Partners (2012).

The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture award has been named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, design director at the V&A and latterly director of capital programmes at the Royal Collection Trust. The winner of this prize will receive £10,000 - a fund created in Moira’s memory to support the winner in their continuing professional development.

The Women in Architecture award winners will be announced at a gala luncheon on Friday 4 March 2016 at Claridge’s, London.

To purchase a ticket to the Women in Architecture luncheon on 4 March at Claridge’s, please contact Lydia.HandleyMillard@emap.com

The Women in Architecture Awards are supported by:

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