An exhibition focusing on the work of British architect and academic Jane Drew will open next month at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London
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The exhibition at the institute’s Fox Reading Room will feature photos from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection covering all periods of Drew’s long career in architecture, including stills from Drew’s work in Chandigarh.
As well as photographs, the exhibition will include a selection of books and artworks and will be accompanied by a series of talks and events exploring the architect’s life and work.
Jane Drew (1911-1996) studied at the Architectural Association and became a leading proponent of the Modern Movement in Britain. Working with her second husband Maxwell Fry, Drew worked on buildings in the UK and overseas in Iran, Nigeria, and India, where she suggested Le Corbusier be brought on board to design the new capital of Punjab. Drew was responsible for much of Chandigarh’s low-income housing and helped to rehouse the city’s residents and migrant workers. She went on to teach at the Architectural Association and carried on working till 1979.
The Jane Drew Prize, re-instituted by the Architects’ Journal in 2012, is awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture. It was won by Zaha Hadid in 2012 and by Eva Jiřičná in 2013. In 2014 the prize was awarded to Kathryn Findlay, who sadly died on the day the award was announced.
Jane Drew: An Introduction
11 February – 23 March 2014
Institute of Contemporary Arts