Emerging Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Anna Page
Anna Page is a senior architect at Atelier Zumthor
After working in the office since 2008, Anna Page was promoted in 2012 to senior architect at Atelier Zumthor, following her successful delivery of the Serpentine Pavilion from construction to completion. She is the lead architect for Atelier Zumthor’s House on a Hill for Living Architecture. Page is also working on a refurbishment of her own Swiss home, collaborating with local craftsmen and ceramicists.
Why did you become an architect?
Because I wanted to be qualified to design anything.
What is your design ethos?
Make your work personal. Don’t propose something that you don’t personally really like and relate to. Don’t justify yourself too much.
Which women architects inspire you?
Lina Bo Bardi, because she made very personal work, responding differently to different contexts. She also always understood the community around her projects and used this as a starting point for her response. As a consequence she could make bold, strong architecture and also small, ‘hand made’-style houses with tiny attention to detail.
What is your advice to aspiring female architects?
Know that your voice as a female is valid and interesting.
Why do you think women leave the profession?
Because the process of finding one’s own voice as a female designer is at odds with the social and economic structures which govern most offices.
What do you think would make them stay?
More senior women in architecture offices and client bodies.
What do you think is the best defence against sexism?
A total inability to recognise its premise.
Do you have any advice or thoughts about having children and being a successful architect?
No, but I would love to hear some if anyone else has any.
Place of study The University of Liverpool and London Metropolitan University
Current projects House on a Hill, Devon; a residence in Brentwood, Los Angeles
Clients Living Architecture; a well-known Hollywood actor