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Judges announced for the 2019 Women in Architecture awards

Leading industry figures, including previous Jane Drew prize winner Eva Jiřičná and writer Lesley Lokko, will judge next year’s Women in Architecture Awards

Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic, and novelist. You can read one of her past contributions to the AR here; Eva Jiřičná is an architect and designer, and winner of the 2013 Jane Drew prize. The jury is completed by Michál Cohen and Cindy Walters, the directors of Walters & Cohen Architects who jointly won the inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year title in 2012, engineer Albert Williamson-Taylor of AKT II, the Science Museum Group’s director of masterplan and estate, Karen Livingstone, as well as Victoria Thornton, founder of Open House and Open City, and Tracy Meller, partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. 

The deadline for entries has now been extended to Monday 10 December. Please click here to submit your entry today

Now in its eighth year, the Women in Architecture campaign is an annual survey, a partner programme and a series of events and awards that celebrate the best design by women architects from around the world and promote role models for young women in practice. In partnership with our sister title The Architects’ Journal, The Architectural Review seeks to change the profession for the better through the Women in Architecture initiative.

Christine Murray founded Women in Architecture early on in her days as editor of the AJ, with a provocative first cover of Architect Barbie restyled in black leather instead of denim and pink, as a tongue-in-cheek explosion of a stereotype, denouncing that a toy doll would ever be a viable role model for the profession. As a response, the Women in Architecture awards, a crucial touchstone of the campaign, seek to inspire change in the profession by celebrating great design by non-plastic practising architects from around the world. The awards are cherished by our winners, our judges and our luncheon guests, who find the celebration a very special occasion, quite different from traditional awards events. Their reach is considerable, and while it is our winners and shortlisted entrants who make the headlines, all of the nominees are making a very real difference. 

After extending the reach of the programme to the international scene, in association with the AR since 2015, the campaign will continue to build on the successes we have had to date, questioning why women leave the profession, promoting positive change, creating role models and inspiring the industry. Alongside our practice partners who are making a public commitment to equality, we are continuing the work to raise the profile of women in architecture worldwide, inspiring change as a united voice of this global call for respect, diversity and equality.

The annual survey interrogates architects about their experiences and helps us more fully to understand the pressures faced – you can find further details of this survey, and how to take part, at the dedicated Women in Architecture hub here.

We look forward to the year ahead, joining forces and celebrating the outstanding contribution women architects make to the wider profession.

Now we are inviting you to put forward talented women for the Women in Architecture awards – or you can nominate yourself. This year, entries are open for Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday 10 December and it’s free to enter. Winners will be honoured at a gala luncheon on Friday 1 March 2019 in central London. Full details of how to enter can be found below.

Architect of the Year

This annual award recognises excellence in design with an emphasis on a single built project lead or co-lead by the nominee completed in the last 18 months. Candidates must be qualified architects in their country of study. You may be running your own practice or in partnership, in a small design-led practice or a large commercial firm. Joint entries are also accepted, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to present in person to our world-renowned judging panel. 

In  2018, Sandra Barclay was recognised with the accolade for her work on Peru’s Museo de Sitio de Paracas, designed by Barclay & Crousse to blend into its harsh desert surroundings as well as withstand them. Previous winners include: Taller de Arquitectura’s Gabriela Carrillo (2017); Studio Gang’s founder Jeanne Gang (2016); Pollard Thomas Edwards’ Teresa Borsuk (2015); Mecanoo’s Francine Houben (2014); ABA founder, Alison Brooks (2013); and Michál Cohen and Cindy Walters, founders of Walters & Cohen (2012).

How to enter

Please fill in the online form here including a 200 word statement outlining the nominee’s current work and practice, and send a portfolio of images including a selection of built projects in which the nominee has lead or co-lead the design and completed in the last 18 months to WomeninArchitecture@emap.com. Please note high resolution photographs will have to be provided free of charge and usage rights granted for editorial use in connection with the Women in Architecture awards.

Moira Gemmill Prize

This award recognises excellence in design and a bright future for women designers under the age of 45, with an emphasis on achievements and completed projects. Renamed in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, the £10,000 prize fund aims to support the continuing professional development of the winner/s. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present in person to our world-renowned judging panel.

This year, partner at Gabinete de Arquitectura Gloria Cabral received the prize for a series of projects combining rational yet innovative construction techniques with humble materials, such as Paraguayan brick, inviting a challenge to conventions. Previous winners include: Rozana Montiel (2017); Gabriela Etchegaray, co-founder of Ambrosi Etchegaray (2016); vPPR founders Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds (2015); sole practitioner Julia King (2014); Spanish architect Olga Felip (2013); and John McAslan + Partners’ Hannah Lawson (2012). 

How to enter

Please fill in the online form here including a 200 word statement outlining the nominee’s current work and practice, and send a portfolio of work of images – including built projects, work in progress as well as research and other design work – to WomeninArchitecture@emap.com. Please note high resolution photographs will have to be provided free of charge and usage rights granted for editorial use in connection with the Women in Architecture awards.

Please note the judges reserve the right to move entrants between categories

In addition to the Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize, we will also be awarding two further awards for lifetime achievement which are not open for nominations.

Jane Drew Prize

The Jane Drew Prize recognises an architectural designer who through her work and commitment to design excellence has raised the profile of women in architecture.

The prize is named after the great Jane Drew, who was a spirited advocate for women in a male-dominated profession. She graduated from the Architectural Association in 1929 into a profession that was unwelcoming to women at best. She started her own practice after the Second World War, and her work played a substantial role in introducing the Modern Movement into the UK. 

This year, the prize was given to British architect and founder of AL_A, Amanda Levete, whose independent practice has blossomed internationally. Past winners include Denise Scott Brown, Odile Decq, Grafton Architects’ founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Zaha Hadid, Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay and Eva Jiřičná. 

Ada Louise Huxtable Prize

This award recognises individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment. The award is open to critics, politicians, clients and planners, or anyone influencing architectural culture.

The prize is named after architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who made history by being the first full-time architecture critic at a US newspaper when she joined the New York Times, and was later awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1970.

Dutch artist and OMA co-founder Madelon Vriesendorp won the 2018 award for her observant and witty work, providing a thoughtful visual counterpoint to the world of bricks and mortar. Sculptor Rachel Whiteread, former Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones and client and architectural patron Jane Priestman are the three previous recipients of the accolade. 

Find out more about all previous Women in Architecture winners here