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. 


  • 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.

“The centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be a space-age new national stadium created by British architect Zaha Hadid. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects fought off competition from 45 other companies to build the Y130 billion (£839 million) stadium, which will have a retractable roof, seating for 80,000 people and host the opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo 2020.” (SOURCE:

ZAHA HADID. The most prominent woman in architecture today. She is the first female architect to win the Pritzker Prize.

The names of fallen soldiers are inscribed on the memorial’s wall in small type to encourage the viewers to get up close to experience the monument in an intimate way. The names are chronologically ordered (versus alphabetically) so as not to depersonalize each individual.  (Image via

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

Aqua is an 82-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago, Illinois.  (Source: Wikipedia.)

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 Thank you for reading this.


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