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Zaha Hadid voted greatest contributor to women in architecture

Double Stirling Prize-winner Zaha Hadid has been ranked as the most influential woman in the profession

The Iraqi-born architect was recognised for showing how ‘female architects can be well respected and successful’ by respondents to the AJ’s first Women in Architecture survey.

Hadid was however also criticised for failing to achieve a work/life balance: ‘She has achieved fantastic things over the course of her career, but at what cost? Sacrificing family for your career is not being a role model.’

Sarah Wigglesworth was placed second in the rankings, while RIBA president Angela Brady came third.  Amanda Levete, former RIBA prsedient Ruth Reed and woman-led, London-based practice Muf also featured in the top ten contributors to women in architecture.

Some respondents complained of a lack of female role models.

More than 600 women responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 48 per cent were architects, eight per cent architectural assistants, and 24 per cent were students.


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