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AA to celebrate 100 years of women in architecture

The Architectural Association has launched a project to mark the centenary of women at the school

Submissions are being invited for the multi-media celebration, which will include exhibitions, lectures, seminars, an international conference and publications, including a collection of historical and critical writing about AA women.

The London-based school, which has given rise to the talents of Jane Drew-prize winner Zaha Hadid, Patty Hopkins, Alison Smithson, and Kathryn Findlay, began admitting women in 1917.

Architect Yasmin Shariff, who is behind the project, said: ‘AA women’s work and lives have transformed the architectural landscape, yet these women remain for the most part out of mainstream design history, education and research.

‘Work being carried out in the AA archive is revealing a wealth of information on other women who have been overlooked including Minette de Silva, Dorothy Hughes and Gillian Hopwood.

‘Involving AA women across the generations, AAXX100 aims to celebrate the contribution that AA women have made in the last 100 years as well as serve as a catalyst for a wider discussion of women in architecture.’

The culmination of the project, named AAXX100, will take place in 2017.

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