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‘You’re a damn fine woman painter’, the artist Jackson Pollock tells Lee Krasner in Ed Harris’s biographical film centred on the aforementioned man painter. The qualifier stings; smarting with the weight of thousands like it, with Krasner’s historical neglect, this particular sting is not entirely unfamiliar today. A winner of last year’s awards, Sheila O’Donnell insists that ‘We have to get to the point where it doesn’t have that Pollock connotation – a damn fine woman painter’. The road is longer yet.
Following on from eight years of Women in Architecture, the W Awards celebrate exemplary work of all kinds; from the design of the world’s most significant new buildings to contributions to wider architectural culture, from lifetimes of achievement to the work of women with bright futures ahead. Our ideas around identity are constantly evolving, and require constant re-examination. We want to signify the shifts we continue to undergo in how we think about gender in the profession. What we call these things matters in the process: as the very basis of communication, the words we use underlie the formation of our society. They structure how we think and how we act. Some have countless associations, but they are also necessarily limited.
We are not leaving an old tradition as much as continuing to evolve it: W is reflective of our past, of the lineage of work that we seek to continue, but the suggestive signification opens to the future. What remains of utmost importance is the celebration of exceptional design by people who are systemically undervalued by the society in which we live. The W programme will continue to build on the work we have done to date, continuing to raise the profile of women in architecture worldwide, inspiring change as a united voice of this global call for respect, diversity and equality. We look forward to the year ahead, joining forces and celebrating the outstanding contribution these architects make to the wider profession.
Women in Architecture Architect of the Year 2019 winner: O’Donnell + Tuomey’s progressive building for the Central European University in Budapest, dedicated to open minds, borders and society, converses in the city’s language of courtyards and rhythmic stone
Women in Architecture Moira Gemmill Prize winner 2019: hidden deep in the heartlands of Songyang, Xu Tiantian’s network of small but sophisticated structures is transforming the Chinese countryside
Winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2019, Hélène Binet’s photographs are more than simply representations of the buildings they depict. They are distinct works in their own right
Absorbing and elaborating creativity from a wide array of artistic endeavours is, winner of the Jane Drew Prize 2019, Elizabeth Diller’s forte
A sneak peek at the trophies for this year’s Women in Architecture awards, made by Madelon Vriesendorp – these will be presented to Elizabeth Diller and Hélène Binet, as well as the winners of Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, who will be announced later today!
Sheila O’Donnell, founding director of O’Donnell + Tuomey alongside John Tuomey, talks Brexit, Irish architecture, and ‘damn fine women painters’, after winning Architect of the Year at the Women in Architecture awards 2019
Xu Tiantian, founder of DnA (Design and Architecture), talks about acupuncture, ancient Chinese building techniques and rejecting icons after winning the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture at the Women in Architecture awards 2019
Sandra Barclay and Gloria Cabral have been named the winners of the Architect of the Year Award and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture
Vriesendorp, winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2018, explores refreshing alternatives to professional modes of practice in art or architecture
Winner of the Jane Drew Prize 2018, a desire to push the boundaries led Levete to embark on her stellar career in architecture
Gloria Cabral from Gabinete de Arquitectura talks about inequality in Paraguay, Peter Zumthor, and how to change the world, after winning the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture at the Women in Architecture awards 2018
Sandra Barclay from Barclay & Crousse talks about who shouts the loudest and fighting for quality in public buildings in Peru, after winning the Architect of the Year 2018 at the Women in Architecture awards 2018
Jane Drew Prize 2018 winner Amanda Levete talks tinned tuna, taking off your shoes and women doing it their own way at the Women in Architecture Luncheon on 2 March 2018
Winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2018, Madelon Vriesendorp talks Lina Bo Bardi, bitches and cosmic jackets following the Women in Architecture awards in March
Ada Louise Huxtable Prize winner 2018 Madelon Vriesendorp discusses women being written out of the script, defending her legacy and #MeToo heralding an end to mother-in-law jokes
Silvia Federici argued in the ’70s that capitalism relies on unpaid domestic labour undertaken by women. Her words ring with new resonance today
As pornography has moved from the public to the private sphere, stage sets have increasingly mirrored the domestic settings in which it is consumed
State control over homosexuality in public has given way to spatial divisions brought on by economic and technological pressures
Architecture represses plurality and queerness in favour of heteronormative culture
Activating multiple modernities and identities, the Barbican’s Modern Couples exhibition probed the explicit intertwining of lives and art
Forging a pattern for a new archetypal character distinct from that of her oft-cited male counterpart, the flâneuse savours the city in a way that has historically been denied her
Home futures brimming with desire and an aesthetics of domesticity
Place of work, protest, creativity, sexual gratification as well as slumber – the bed hosts myriad activities
If the human form can be depicted as a house, what does it mean to dismantle it?
In the annual Women In Architecture issue the AR looks beyond feminist practices and binary gender divisions, proposing we remake our ideas about sex, sexuality and gender – and correspondingly their relationship with architecture and cities
From the advent of female undergraduates in 1917, the Architectural Association has spurred feminist activism in the profession
The legacy of women architects working for London councils in the 20th century is often overlooked – for no good reason
The facsimile edition of Learning from Las Vegas, by Jane Drew Prize winner Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour, is long overdue
The exteriors of buildings are an expression of human sexuality and power, historically determined by men – we should now design more holistically
Adolf Loos’s lost house for Josephine Baker marked a seminal moment in the expression of cultural and social modernity
Hidden power and privilege can damage our reputations or place us in harm’s way
The Williams sisters’ feminist space of possibility 23m by 8m long
Since the 1990s, a radical and interdisciplinary approach to spatial practice offers a rich and productive seam for feminism and architecture
While it is still the case that women have yet to achieve equality in the architectural world, the Women in Architecture awards applaud first architectural quality, and then the architect – who happens to be a woman
True public space enables complex, messy, erotic inter-class contact
As stars or workers, women are often not attributed with authorship of the work; they are oppressed by the fact of being women
World Architecture Festival Podcasts: four leading women architects discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in the global profession
Barbie’s domesticalia is more layered and far more apt to be mined for cultural significance
Identifying as an architect is a kind of drag, a mannered persona donned for effect
I could not find a single answer to this question, but a whole spectrum of experience only partially captured by the responses to the Women in Architecture (WIA) survey. With women making up half of architecture students, as then editor of the Architects’ Journal, I hunted the spectre of the missing 25 per cent among qualified architects.
I wanted to inspire change, and now I want to do it on a global scale, says Christine Murray
Through a historical study of the connections between architecture, gender and desire, Ayla Lepine reveals the invisibility and marginalisation of queer history
Yevgeniy’s photobook of now desolate cruising sites in Moscow contests Putin’s intolerant neo-nationalism
MoMA’s highly provocative exhibition makes the case for a bigger version of itself as soon as possible
Maria Smith, shortlisted for Emerging Woman Architect of the Year in 2013 attempts to bust some myths on why women are under-represented in architecture
From artists to architects and politicans to performers, a sea of talented women’s eyes – shaped in the female form – look back at the reader
[Jane Drew Prize 2017] A fearless feminist icon, Scott Brown fought against a culture that assigned Venturi to the canon without her – and she’s still fighting
Expressive, unapologetic, and ahead of her time in ecological and participative design, the Sri Lankan architect is considered a pioneer of what she called Modern Regionalism – later to be known as Critical Regionalism
Ada Louise Huxtable made history as 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
Inspired by Art Deco, the machine aesthetic, organicism, biomorphism, Art Brut and industrial prefabrication, French architect and furniture designer Charlotte Perriand deeply believed that good design should be fundamentally transformative and accessible to all
Zaha Hadid was an explosion of fearless, impolite, aggressive talent onto a profession terrified of itself
From furniture designer to architect, why has Gray found such belated prominence?
A gritty industrial past was brought to life in Hilla and Bernd Becher’s photos
The socially oriented Frankfurt Kitchen aimed at a more egalitarian world
The Eameses, the ‘painters who didn’t paint and architects who didn’t build,’ did however manage to change the way we see the world
Shrouded in rumours of misdemenour and spying, Jane Drew’s life was richly packed with exciting opportunities and major projects
The Brazilian Modernist’s work is celebrated for its punchy, honest concern for social good
Steve Parnell elaborates on the extraordinary lives of The Smithsons
Why Neo-Cons loved communitarian urbanist Jane Jacobs
A nurturer of architectural vision who has made architecture available to many