AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year

  • 10 Jan 2014
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Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Architects’ Journal has just released the shortlist for their  Awards, which aim to “raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.”

Christine Murray, Editor of Architects’ Journal, commented: “I’m delighted to announce this year’s shortlist, which includes the women behind the celebrated Library of Birmingham, the new Stonehenge development and the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre. The awards celebrate design excellence and leadership — qualities needed to succeed as an architect — and especially among women, who are under-represented in the construction industry.” See the list, after the break.

2014 Woman Architect of the Year shortlist:

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects Co-founders of this successful women-led Irish practice, shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize with their University of Limerick campus, and currently exhibited in the Sensing Spaces show at the Royal Academy

University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis Gilbert

Roisin Heneghan, Heneghan Peng Co-founder of the practice behind the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre (shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize), Heneghan is currently overseeing the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza and the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine

Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow

Francine Houben, Mecanoo The woman behind the £188.8million Library of Birmingham, Houben founded Mecanoo in 1984

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Maria Langarita, Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos Architects of the Red Bull Music Academy headquarters as well as the Medialab-Prado for Madrid City Council, Maria co-founded this Madrid-based practice in 2005

Red Bull Music Academy / Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos. Image © Miguel de Guzman

Kirsten Lees, partner, Grimshaw Lees is behind much of Grimshaw’s work in the sports sector, developing a Wimbledon masterplan. Work includes a new contemporary art gallery in Istanbul.

Sadie Morgan, dRMM Only the fourth woman to be elected president of the prestigious Architectural Association architecture school, Morgan is co-founder of successful practice dRMM, most famous for their Stirling-Prize shortlisted 2010 Clapham Manor Primary School, currently at work on residential projects for both the Elephant and Castle, and Battersea Power Station redevelopment

Clapham Manor Primary School / dRMM. Image © Jonas Lencer

Adriana Natcheva, Groves Natcheva Architects Adriana co-founded her practice in 2000, projects include a head office in Brazil, and 15 residential developments across London

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Hannah Corlett, Assemblage Co-founder of a young practice (founded in 2003) which won the competition for the new $1bn Iraqi parliament building, also won the campus for the University of Qatar engineering department and a competition for 15ha new settlement in Iraq

Angela Dapper, Denton Corker Marshall The woman behind the Stonehenge Visitor Centre having led its design since it began in January 2009. Current projects also include the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park

Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © Peter Cook

Daisy Froud, AOC A vocal and active woman in practice, Froud sits on two London borough design review panels and is a built environment expert for CABE. Froud co-founded practice AOC in 2003 and is the practice’s head of participation. AOC’s work includes the Spa School, Bermondsey, St Saviour’s & St Olave’s school extension and the Olympic Park red telephone box installations

Julia King Working on urban development projects between the UK and New Delhi, King designed and built a sewer for 322 low-income houses in New Delhi and is regeneration the Taj East Drain. She also designed prototype houses and water kiosks for a Savda Gherra resettlement colony

Hana Loftus, HAT Projects Loftus is co-founder of the practice behind the £3.5m Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and temporary structures for the reopening of the Olympic Park

Yeoryia Manolopoulou, AY Architects Winner of this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize for the practice’s Montpelier Community Nursery, AY also completed a small library for Torriano Infants School. Current projects include the redevelopment of the New Charlton Community Centre in Woolwich

Montpelier Community Nursery / AY Architects. Image © Nick Kane

Aranta Ozeata Cortazar, TallerDE2 architects With projects in Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK, Aranta co-founded the practice in 2007 while still a student. Their first built project, a child minding centre, won the International Bauwelt Prize. Projects include experimental housing in Selb, Bavaria

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Alda

Nicola Rutt, Hawkins\Brown A partner at large practice Hawkins\Brown, Rutt is currently leading the design team on the redevelopment of the International Broadcast Centre at the Olympic Park for iCITY. She is also behind the transformation of a Grade-II listed warehouse into an office for MTV in Camden

Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on February 7th.

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year" 10 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=466068>

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    Gongrats to these women.
    As far as I can judge, the ptoduce is creative, but looks very similar to what male colleagues bring forward. This may be due to the difficulties in manifesting in this “men’s world”. I would like to be able to discover a real feminine touch in the projects realized by female architects.

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