Our erstwhile LOEBlogger Caroline James, who graduated with a MArch from the GSD in June, didn’t take much of a vacation before starting work at Maryann Thompson Architects this fall. While she was in Venice this summer she advanced the work she began as a cofounder of Women in Design by conducting a series of video interviews with architects Caroline Bos, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff, and Benedetta Tagliabue. Now everyone can view the result with the launch of Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture.
Caroline wrote to explain the context for the interviews:
The inspiration for this project was the advocacy campaign for equal recognition, which began in March 2013 with the Petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize for recognition of Denise Scott Brown's work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize. The Petition, and subsequent conversations with Denise Scott Brown helped shape ongoing conversations about recognition, inclusion and joint creativity in design. Advocacy towards an inclusive profession is increasingly vocal in schools. At Harvard GSD, Women in Design continues full-steam ahead, growing to over 50 active members, and connecting with related groups in architecture schools globally. The Architectural Association London is celebrating AA XX 100 -- the centenary of women at the AA, with celebrations ramping up in 2016.
Awards to recognize women in architecture have been sprouting up worldwide. In 2011, the AJ Women in Architecture Awards were launched in order "to raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination." In 2013, Italcementi Group announced the formation of the arcVision Prize–an international architecture award for female designers. Architectural Record will hand out the first annual Women in Architecture Awards on Friday October 10, 2014 in New York.
LOEBlog readers might find Archinect's first podcast interesting: Lian Chikako participates about 18 minutes into the show. Her research "Where are the Women?" puts some hard data behind the leaky pipeline problem–the gap between women architecture school graduates and those in practice.