Despina Stratigakos's provocative examination of the past, current, and potential future roles of women in the profession begins with the backstory, revealing how the field has dodged the question of women's absence since the nineteenth century. It then turns to the status of women in architecture today, and the serious, entrenched hurdles they face. But the story isn't without hope, and the book documents the rise of new advocates who are challenging the profession's boys' club, from its male-dominated elite prizes to the erasure of women architects from Wikipedia. These advocates include Stratigakos herself and here she also tells the story of her involvement in the controversial creation of Architect Barbie.
Accessible, frank, and lively, Where Are the Women Architects? will be a revelation for readers far beyond the world of architecture.
Live Projects are work completed in the borderlands between architectural education and built environment practice; they include design/build work, community-based design, urban advocacy consulting and a host of other forms and models described by the book’s international group of authors. Because of their position, Live Projects as vehicle for simultaneously providing teaching and service has the potential to recalibrate the contesting claims that both academia and profession make to architecture.
This collection of essays and case studies consolidates current discussions on theory and learning ambitions, academic best practices, negotiation with licensure and accreditation, and considerations of architectural integrity. It is an invaluable resource to current and future Live Projects advocates – whether they aim to move from pedagogy into practice or practice into pedagogy.
Furniture by Architects reveals how the same fundamental principles
used in building design can be applied on a much smaller scale, resulting in
pieces of furniture that embrace function, beauty and context to become objects
of art. For centuries, architects have turned their hand to custom furniture in
a practice that has resulted in a number of iconic designs, including the
timeless Eames Lounge and Ottoman and the ubiquitous Barcelona chair created by
Mies van der Rohe for his acclaimed Barcelona Pavilion.
Architects beautifully illustrates bespoke design by some of the world’s
leading architects, who are increasingly designing furniture as clients seek
interiors customised to specific needs. Foster + Partners’ 520 Armchair for
Walter Knoll has the texture and comfort found in a traditional leather
armchair, while the Liquid Glacial Dining & Coffee Table by Zaha Hadid
Design, made from polished clear Plexiglas, capture the spirit of her
architecture, with their distinctive fluid lines, revealing the waves and
ripples below the surface.