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Charlotte Skene Catling shortlisted for Women in Architecture Award

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Charlotte Skene Catling of Skene Catling de le Pena is the only Brit to make the shortlist for this year’s Women in Architecture Awards


The architect behind the RIBA House of the Year-winning Flint House is up against Japan’s Kazuyo Sejima, founder of USA-based Studio Gang Jeanne Gang and Mexico’s Tatiana Bilbao for The Architectural Review’s Woman Architect of the Year Award.

The finalists for the £10,000 Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture have also been announced and includes rising stars from Italy. Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Germany, China and the USA. Last year the accolade was handed jointly to London-based vPPR founders Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds and Catherine Pease.

The awards, which were launched by the AJ in 2012, have been expanded this year to reach a wider global audience.

Woman Architect of the Year: the shortlist

  • Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO, Mexico
  • Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, USA
  • Kazuyo Sejima, co-founder of SANAA, Japan
  • Charlotte Skene Catling, co-founder of Skene Catling de la Pena Architects, England

Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture: the shortlist

  • Elisa Burnazzi, partner and co-founder of Burnazzi Feltrin Architects, Italy
  • Gabriela Etchegaray, co-founder of Ambrosi Etchegaray, Mexico
  • Petra Gipp, founder of Petra Gipp Arkitektur, Sweden
  • Anna Heringer, Germany
  • Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, co-founders of Design Bitches, USA
  • Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter, and Helena Sandman, founding partners of Hollmén Sandman Reuter, Finland
  • Marie Zawistowski, co-founder of OnSite, USA
  • Di Zhang, founder of waa, China

Architectural Review editor Christine Murray, commented: ‘These women architects are creating some of the most impressive, innovative design work in the world today. The global spread is better than it ever has been before, and yet, we did not receive enough entries from Africa, or India — places where maverick women architects appear to be rarer, or less likely to put themselves forward. I hope these awards will help us discover more talented and inspirational role models around the world.’

The winners will be revealed at the annual Women in Architecture Luncheon on 4 March.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Are there really so few women architects in the UK?

    I can't help feeling a bit sad and disappointed for my fellow British women that the Architectural Journal is raising the profile of American, Mexican, Japanese, Finnish, Italian, German and Chinese women architects and not focusing on home grown talent.

    I wonder whether the decision to make the women in architecture award 'global' is to do with the global ambitions of the AJ and AR publishers EMAP? Or their sponsors and advertisers? Is access to the awards ceremony the reason why large practices sponsor the 'AJ Women in Architecture campaign' ? Do they prefer a global view?

    Certainly what started out as a celebration of UK women architects getting together in London seems to have become a private party. I can find no information about buying tickets to the awards ceremony as in previous years.

    Either way, as a British woman architect I am left feeling marginalised and isolated.

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