SHE-LOGY: Women with Vision.
March 31, 1889 (126 years ago today), the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public. In honor of this day, She-logy features 3 women in architecture that you should know.
DID YOU KNOW:
- It was only in 2004 when the first female architect won the Pritzker Prize (highest honor in this profession)?
- [Not from a recent survey, but the only one I can find.]: “Despite the fact that some 40% of architecture graduates in the western world are now women, not more than 12% are estimated to be practicing as licensed or registered architects.”
Although architecture may no longer be as male-heavy a profession as before, there is still only a few women names you can associate to the field.
ZAHA HADID. The most prominent woman in architecture today. She is the first female architect to win the Pritzker Prize.
MAYA LIN. Best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC. At 21, still an undergraduate, she won a public design competition for the memorial. To know more, here’s a good write-up of this monument.
In 1981, at age 21 and while still an undergraduate, Lin won a public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, beating 1,441 other competition submission
JEANNE GANG. She is recently best known for Aqua, considered to be the largest project (arguably tallest building) ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman. The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.