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Inside the Bizarre Personal Lives of Famous Architects

09:30 - 29 May, 2017
Inside the Bizarre Personal Lives of Famous Architects, From left: © Robert C. Lautman; <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alvar_Aalto1.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain); Photograph by Al Ravenna <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frank_Lloyd_Wright_portrait.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain)
From left: © Robert C. Lautman; via Wikimedia (public domain); Photograph by Al Ravenna via Wikimedia (public domain)

Famous architects are often seen as more enigma than person, but behind even the biggest names hide the scandals and tragedies of everyday life. As celebrities of a sort, many of the world's most famed architects have faced rumors and to this day there are questions about the truth of their private affairs. Clients and others in their studios would get a glimpse into an architect’s personal life, but sometimes the sheer force of personality that often comes with creative genius would prevent much insight. The fact remains, however, that these architects’ lives were more than the sum of their buildings.

Eileen Gray: The Private Painter

19:30 - 29 July, 2015
Eileen Gray: The Private Painter, Courtesy of Osborne Samuel
Courtesy of Osborne Samuel

Osborne Samuel gallery is pleased to announce the first UK exhibition of paintings by the Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878 - 1976). A leading pioneer of Modernist design, she is widely regarded as one of the most influential architects and designers of the 20th century. The exhibition will feature over 60 paintings and photographs from the 1920s - 1960 that will be for sale, and will include some of the artist’s personal ephemera and letters.

Images from the Much-Anticipated Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027

08:00 - 11 June, 2015
Images from the Much-Anticipated Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027, Villa E-1027 / Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici. Image © Manuel Bougot
Villa E-1027 / Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici. Image © Manuel Bougot

At long last, after over a decade of project mismanagement and controversial repairs that ignited concerns over historical integrity, restorations have been completed on E-1027, Eileen Gray’s 1929 masterpiece on France’s Côte d’Azur. The house, which heavily influenced the work of Le Corbusier and became an object of his jealous fixation, has a traumatic past that nearly resulted in its loss to history.

Eileen Gray's Restored E1027 Opens to the Public

17:30 - 5 May, 2015
Eileen Gray's Restored E1027 Opens to the Public , E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014
E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014

The controversial renovation of Eileen Gray's E1027 on the Côte d’Azur is complete. Once a "lost legend of 20th-century architecture," the quaint holiday home has been brought back to life and is now open to the public. Announcing the news, The Guardian author Rowan Moore has recounted the cliffside project's turbulent past, reciting its significance as Gray's first architectural project.

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women Architects: Part 2, In the Shadows

16:00 - 9 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women Architects: Part 2, In the Shadows, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, "in the shadows," architecture, landscape architecture, social architecture, urbanism and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Yesterday we brought you The Pioneers, and today we present the women architects that have lived in "the shadows" of the some of the great names in the architecture world.

Eileen Gray. Courtesy of Christie's Ray and Charles Eames. © Eames Office Lilly Reich. Image via rauminhalt Chartlotte Perriand. Image via The Lost Innocence + 17

3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture

10:30 - 8 March, 2015
3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture, E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014
E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014

"I cannot, in whole conscience, recommend architecture as a profession for girls. I know some women who have done well at it, but the obstacles are so great that it takes an exceptional girl to make a go of it. If she insisted on becoming an architect, I would try to dissuade her. If then, she was still determined, I would give her my blessing–she could be that exceptional one."
– Pietro Belluschi, FAIA from the 1955 New York Life Insurance Company brochure, “Should You Be an Architect?”

With great fanfare, in mid-October 2014 on the opening night of the 6th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in Manhattan, Festival Director Kyle Bergman announced that the festival’s special focus this year was on women in architecture. “We’ve been wanting to feature women in architecture for a while now,” he told me, “and this year we finally have the films to make that happen,” referring to three new documentaries: Gray Matters (2014), Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (2014) and Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins (2013).

10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk

12:10 - 27 February, 2015
10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk, The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards
The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards

The Architects’ Journal as named Teresa Borsuk of Pollard Thomas Edward “Woman Architect of the Year 2015.” The prestigious title, awarded last year to Mecanoo’s Francine Houben, is being presented to Borsuk for her “remarkable” ability to improve equality within her practice.

Borsuk was chosen over an impressive shortlist of women architects. Find out 10 facts about Borsuk and see why the jury consider her to be an ideal role model for future generations, after the break.

The Eileen Gray Movie: E1027, Insidious Chauvinism, and "The Price of Desire"

00:00 - 8 March, 2014

In a public interview, director Mary McGuckian speaks with Shane O'Toole of DoCoMoMo Ireland about her soon-to-be-released film, "The Price of Desire," a biopic about the influential Irish modernist Eileen Gray - narrated from the perspective of Le Corbusier, no less. McGuckian explains how the film and the extensive research behind it went far beyond the usual remit of a biopic. Indeed, not only did it spawn an accompanying documentary ("Gray Matters", directed by Marco Orsini) and book, it even played a pivotal role in the restoration of E1027, Gray's seminal house design, to a point where it was possible to film on location.

The Controversy Regarding The Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
The Controversy Regarding The Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027, Image via Flickr. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Image via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

The Wall Street Journal recently detailed the complex history of E-1027, the house which Eileen Gray designed with her lover Jean Badovici in Southern France: from the murals which Le Corbusier painted on the walls (without Gray's permission) to the murder that happened there in 1996 to the restoration that has been going on for over a decade (a supposed "massacre" of the original). You can read the full article here.

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds To Produce Film About Eileen Gray

00:00 - 20 April, 2013
Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds To Produce Film About Eileen Gray , Courtesy of Christie's
Courtesy of Christie's

As we've mentioned before, Irish designer Eileen Gray was undoubtedly one of the most influential, and most overlooked, designers of the 20th century. However, a new Kickstarter campaign aims to put that right once and for all. The campaign is seeking funds to help renovate Gray's seminal house, E-1027, for the production of a feature film about the architect.