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Emerging Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Anna Page

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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.

The 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

The 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

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







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  • For all of us whom have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Anna Page (the name she now resides by) in depth. We would highly recommend that she is not selected as an 'Emerging Woman Architect' as this would do a great injustice to us 'Women Architects' whom actually do know something about architecture and do have real talent.
    We do not feel that merely being a strong speaker and being able to manipulate co workers or male superiors with our feminine assets as being cause for being rewarded within our profession, quite frankly this is simply not what our profession is about and our younger generation need to shine based on their aptitude and sheer talent.
    We should not be rewarding sure contenders, in fact they should not be contenders to begin with.
    This should also reflect on the offices that choose to employ such people, we know that they are incapable of making projects without major assistance and these cut throat gals will stop at nothing to get to the top... let's choose to look for REAL talent.

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