Hear what architects think about the AJ’s inaugural Women in Architecture awards, the winners and what the event could mean for the profession
Clare Wright of Wright & Wright Architects: ‘Congratulations to Christine Murray and the AJ for developing this excellent campaign. Promoting women who are successful architects highlights good role models for both young women and the architectural practices who will promote them. It will show that a woman may choose: to focus solely on her career rather than on a conventional domestic role; or to combine having a family and childcare with a successful professional career.
The glass ceiling is still there
‘The glass ceiling is still there, with few women being given the opportunities to design the most interesting projects being developed in the UK. This is partly because they are not given the chance, but also because they need to develop the confidence to accept those challenges. But seeing others like themselves doing it will make all the difference.’
Barbara Weiss of Barbara Weiss Architects: ‘I’m thrilled [about the awards]. I hope it’s the beginning of a long series of events that will publicise women more thoroughly.’
Fran Balaam, co-founder of Pie Architecture: ‘It is great women in architecture are being recognised. Also the fact that the next generation are being recognised is inspiring for both students and younger practitioners.’
Jude Barber of Collective Architecture: ‘Zaha is such a character. She’s an acclaimed, internationally renowed architect. By having her here it is raising awareness of the challenges women face in architecture. She stands out from both male and female architects.’
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