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Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Clare Wright

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Wright & Wright partner Clare Wright has been shortlisted for the 2015 Woman Architect of the Year Award

Clare Wright founded Wright & Wright Architects with partner Sandy Wright in 1994. In 2014 she led a successful bid for the redevelopment of the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, replacing David Chipperfield Architects on the controversial job. The practice has subsequently submitted a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund backing for the £14 million project, which provides new spaces for the museum’s collections and library, a gallery, cafe and conference facilities. She is also working on a new library at Magdalen College, a new library and study centre for St John’s College, both in Oxford and a permanent exhibition about Sir Christopher Wren at St Bride’s Church, London. Wright sits on the Oxford Design Review Panel and the English Heritage Urban Panel. Alongside her work in practice, she is also a visiting examiner at Cambridge University.

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Clare Wright

Studied The Mack and the Architectural Association
First practice
RMJM & Partners
First project
The Edinburgh Opera House
Current project
The Geffrye Museum, Magdalen College and St John’s College in Oxford, and an engineering hub at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Current clients
Geffrye Museum, Magdalen College, St John’s College, Royal Academy of Engineering, St Michael’s Church, Cumnor and Cathedral Group
Favourite architects
Peter Zumthor, Phyllis Lambert and Sandy Wright
Favourite building
The Alhambra
Why architecture
I discovered great buildings like the Glasgow School of Art and Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s Church, East Kilbride. I found drawing deeply satisfying and was intensely interested in spatial ideas.
Biggest challenge facing women in architecture
Being confident of their abilities and worth.
Advice to aspiring female architects
Many women find it difficult to manage the balance between being obliging and promoting self-interest. Be as straightforward about things as you can.

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