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Welcome to Women in Architecture

Women in Architecture, in association with The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal, seeks to change the profession for the better

‘In a world where women are rarely recognised for their design work, these awards seek to redress the balance and raise the profile of women architects’

Christine Murray, editor-in-chief of The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal

Now in its sixth year, Women in Architecture is a an annual survey, partner programme, and 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.

  • Alongside our practice partners – who are making a public commitment to equality – we are working to raise the profile of women in architecture worldwide, inspiring change as a united voice of this global call for respect, diversity and equality.
  • Our annual survey offers an important snapshot of the experience of women architects in different territories, and helps us more fully understand the pressures faced. 
  • Our Women in Architecture Awards are a crucial touchstone, inspiring change in the architectural profession by celebrating great design by women architects from around the world.

During a year in which the profession lost the iconic trailblazer Zaha Hadid, who did so much to support these awards, and indeed was a recipient herself, it seems more important than ever to mark the significant contribution of women.

The Women in Architecture Awards are cherished by our winners (who include Eva Jiřičná and Francine Houben), our judges (who include luminaries such as Norman Foster and Patty Hopkins) and our luncheon guests, who find the celebration a very special occasion – quite different from traditional awards events.

The awards also tell of those important influencers who have helped shape the profession and continue to inspire women today – Jane Drew and Ada Huxtable among them. In particular, the late Moira Gemmill, champion of design at the V&A, is remembered in the Moira Gemmill Prize for emerging architects. Moira was a keen judge and supporter of the Women in Architecture Awards from their inception in 2012, and it is our aim that the prize, which offers a £10,000 fund to support the winner’s professional development, continues to encourage emerging architectural talent just as she did.

The reach of our awards as a crucial part of the Women in Architecture campaign is considerable, from global online and newspaper coverage in publications such as the New York Times, through to radio, with agenda-setting debates on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Our winners and shortlisted entrants make the headlines – but all of the nominees are making a very real difference in the profession.

For the future of architecture to be relevant, we must shake off the shackles of ‘the gentleman’s profession’. The new architect is a vibrant, socially relevant maker of places for people. We look forward to working with you to make it so.


Enter the Women in Architecture Awards 2017

Put forward talented women – or nominate yourself. Entry is free.

To find out how to enter, click here

Winners will be honoured at a gala luncheon on Friday 3 March 2017 at Claridge’s in London.

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