Norman Foster has said that the talent of women architects can be ‘hidden and overlooked’
His words come as he is announced as one of the judges of this year’s AJ Women in Architecture Awards.
Foster said: ‘Overlooking the talent and skill that women bring to architecture and the design of our built environment is simply short-sighted.
‘The AJ Women in Architecture Awards are an opportunity to celebrate that wealth of often hidden and sometimes wasted talent and ensure that our younger generation of women architects and designers have more role models to encourage them in their future career.’
Britain’s most admired architect, who founded Foster + Partners in 1967, employs more than 1,100 staff, including 300 architects, of which 24 per cent are women.
The winner of the Woman Architect of the Year at the 2014 Women in Architecture Awards was Francine Houben, the influential designer of the RIBA Striling Prize-shortlisted Library of Birmingham (see AJ 07.02.14).
The 2015 award winners will be announced at the AJ Women in Architecture Luncheon at Claridge’s on 27 February.
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