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Enter the 2014 AJ Women in Architecture Awards

Nominations and submissions are sought for the AJ’s third Women in Architecture Awards celebrating women working across the profession

Nominations are now open for the AJ’s annual architecture awards.

The AJ is seeking candidates for the three honours celebrating women in architecture; the Jane Drew Prize, Woman Architect of the Year and Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

The AJ Women in Architecture Awards celebrate excellence in design and thought leadership while promoting role models for aspiring architects and young women in practice.

Last year the Jane Drew Prize was awarded to Eva Jiřičná in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture. The jury was unanimous in its decision to award Jiřičná, 74, the prestigious accolade, hailing her as an ‘extraordinary architect’.

This year, the AJ is asking for your nominations for the prize, named after architect Jane Drew, who was an advocate for women in the profession.

Stirling Prize-winning architect Alison Brooks picked up the Woman Architect of the Year Award at last year’s awards luncheon held at the Langham Hotel, while co-founder of Catalonia-based practice Arquitecturia Olga Felip was crowned 2013 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

The awards were launched in January 2012 as part of the AJ Women in Architecture campaign, which aims to raise awareness of discrimination in the workplace, while presenting role models for young women in practice through talks and events, an annual luncheon, an industry survey and three honours.

The deadline for entries to the awards is 22 November 2013. The winners will be announced at the next annual awards luncheon, to be held at the Langham Hotel on 7 February 2014.

The categories

JANE DREW PRIZE

This is a career award for the individual who has made the greatest contribution to the status and profile of women in architecture. The Award is named after Jane Drew, an advocate for women in a male-dominated profession. The award existed in a previous incarnation with a different criteria before being revived by the AJ. Nomination or entries would benefit from a brief outline of the reasons behind the recommendation including the candidate’s long-term commitment to the built environment and the architectural profession. You may nominate someone else, or enter yourself.

Jane Drew Prize entry guidelines

Previous winners

2012 Zaha Hadid

2013 Eva Jiřičná

WOMAN ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR

Recognising excellence in design, thought leadership and role models for aspiring architects, with an emphasis on achievements during 2013, the award is open to architects, sole practitioners, women-led practices and women leaders in practice. Submissions should include a maximum 300-word statement outlining the nominee’s current and completed work and practice alongside recent images of projects and design output. Applicants can nominate themselves or someone else.

Woman Architect of the Year entry guidelines

Previous winners

2012 Cindy Walters and Michal Cohen

2013 Alison Brooks

EMERGING WOMAN ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR

Recognising excellence in design, thought leadership and a bright future ahead, with an emphasis on achievements during 2013, the award is open to emerging architectural designers, with a recommendation that they have been in their current role for five years or less. In a change from previous years, the upper age limit restriction of 40 has been removed from this award, however the selection committee will take a view on whether submitting architects should be considered ‘emerging’. Applicants should submit a maximum 300-word statement with images outlining the nominee’s current and completed work and practice. Applicants can nominate themselves or someone else. 

Emerging Woman Architect of the Year entry guidelines

Previous winners

2012 Hannah Lawson

2013 Olga Felip

Readers' comments (3)

  • I attended the Awards ceremony last year, and was so impressed with the standard of nominations, and general buzz around the event. So inspiring!

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  • I have found just being at the awards events in 2012 and 2103 inspiring and empowering - and this year I am thinking hard about whom to nominate. I have been checking past Stirling and RIBA gold medal winners for other women architects to celebrate. My short-list includes Patty Hopkins who was joint winner of RIBA Gold Medal; Denise Scott Brown - for obvious reasons; M J Long; and Georgie Wolton 'forgotten' 4 member of Team 4. Am I allowed to nominate more than one?

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  • Christine Murray

    Yes, you can nominate as many as you like, and we've taken a note of these - although people should feel free to second the nominations too, here or on Twitter

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