Category: 04_Women in Architecture

Role Models IV: Sarah Nichols. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (EN)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – SARAH NICHOLS …is an American architect living and working in Zurich. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the history and theory of architecture. Her dissertation is titled “Opération Béton: Constructing Concrete in Switzerland, 1891-1972.” Sarah has been a teaching and research assistant in architecture and urbanism at ETH Zurich since 2011. […]

Role Models III: Romina Grillo. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (DE)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – ROMINA GRILLO …wurde 1984 in Como, Italien geboren. Sie studierte Architektur an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in der Schweiz und schloss ihr Studium 2009 ab. Sie unterrichtete am Lehrstuhl von Valerio Olgiati an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio und arbeitete bei OMA / Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. 2010 war sie Mitbegründerin von UNULAUNU. […]

Role Models II: Maria Conen. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (DE)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – MARIA CONEN …studierte Architektur an der EPF Lausanne und der ETH Zürich. Nach ihrem Abschluss 2005 in Zürich arbeitete sie in verschiedenen Architekturbüros und in freier Zusammenarbeit für einzelne Projekte mit Raoul Sigl. Nachdem sie 2010 ihren Master of Advanced Studies am Institut Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur an der ETH Zürich […]

Role Models I: A Series of Portraits of Women in Architecture 2018 by Nora Molari (DE)

Im Rahmen einer Vertiefungsarbeit betreut von Dr. Gabrielle Schaad und Dr. Torsten Lange an der Gastdozentur für Architekturtheorie Dr. Torsten Lange ETH Zürich habe ich mich auf die Suche nach zeitgenössischen weiblichen Vorbildern in der Architektur begeben. Meine Absicht war es einerseits, aktiven Schweizer Architektinnen mehr Sichtbarkeit zu verschaffen, und andererseits, mehr über ihre Haltungen […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Prof. Lori Brown “Between the Academy and Activism”, 13.12.2018, ETHZ, HIL E6, 17:00 

Lori Brown’s lecture, “Between the Academy + Activism,” will discuss her research and the opportunities it has unexpectedly created in real-world engagement and activism, bringing architecture out into broader current political and cultural spatial contestations. She will begin by providing a brief theoretical framework of her creative research practice and pedagogical approaches locating her work […]

Interview with An Fonteyne in Swiss newspaper NZZ, 05.09.2018

An Fonteyne: “Es ist kein architektonisches, sondern ein politisches Versäumnis, dass sich Subkulturen entwickelt haben” An Fonteyne, Professorin an der ETH Zürich, ist die Architektin der Stunde: Sie engagiert sich für die Zukunft Europas und seiner historischen Bausubstanz. Interview: Antje Stahl, NZZ, 5.9.2018; Link NZZ Homepage AS: An Fonteyne, Europa werde nurmehr als eine Währungsunion […]

Advance Notice: “Saffa 58. The Women’s ‘Landi’”, 28.06.–09.09.2018, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

A long awaited exhibition finally covers one of the most interesting topics in Swiss Postwar History! (Co-curated by Dr. Eliana Perrotti and Dr. Katia Frey) In 1958, years prior to the vote on women’s suffrage, the second Swiss Exhibition for Women’s Work (SAFFA) was held on the left bank of Lake Zurich. Under the motto […]

“E. 1027” by Bess Laaring, Alexander Poulikakos, Magdalena Stolze

Cape Martin, South of France. A house built in 1929 sits on a cliff, overlooking the sea. Dear Badovici, Thank you for hosting us recently in your sea-side villa. I will admit to liking it greatly, and being full of admiration of the villa’s sophisticated design. It accommodates, in its well-formed layout, decompression and the […]

Review – Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Research on Woman Architechts

On this first day of the new semester, I wanted to come back on a lecture that took place, mostly unnoticed, on the Hönggerberg campus on November 27th, as announced on this blog here. This lecture was led by Dr Eliana Perotti and Dr Katia Frey about Flora Ruchat-Roncati, her career, and her time at the ETH, as […]

Review – Arab Women in Architecture

  As announced on this blog here, the 1. Architektur Film Tage in Zurich took place on November 17-19th and hold the projection of the documentary “Arab Women in architecture”.   Unable to attend this event, I was really happy to find the movie available on Youtube and decided to write a small review and […]

Prix français des femmes architectes (article en français)

Ce prix a été fondé en 2013 par l’Association pour la recherche sur la ville et l’habitat (ARVHA) et dirigé par Catherine Guyot afin de mettre en avant le travail de femmes architectes et ainsi offrir des modèles aux jeunes femmes qui souhaiteraient rejoindre la profession ou qui sont déjà architecte. La participation au prix […]

Matrix Feminist Design Cooperative

The Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative was set up in 1980 as an architectural practice and a book group that grew out of the Feminist Design Collective. They were one of the first architectural groups in Britain to take an overtly feminist stance in their way of working and designing and in the projects they took […]

Lacaton/Vassal or the Architecture of Generosity

The room was full for the conference of Anne Lacaton of Lacaton & Vassal Architects on November 21 at Hönggerberg. Their vision of architecture is simple: to give more and better for less cost And they do that very well ! Their projects go from private houses to public buildings, passing by social housing. This […]

Denise Scott Brown

“My mother studied architecture and I thought it was women’s work”   Many significant women architects of the 20th century were partnered with men, like Aino and Alvar Aalto, Ray and Charles Eames or Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi. In female-male partnerships the work can sometimes be wrongly credited in favour of the male partner, […]

Lina Bo Bardi

She built for the people – In Brazil the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi made an amazing career. After the horrors of the Second World War, Brazil’s tropical and cheerful architecture seemed like a promise to European architects. Nowhere else in the southern hemisphere had the international style been more passionately welcomed than in Brazil. […]

Lux Guyer

Lux Guyer was a Swiss architect and one of the first woman to establish her own office. She was born in Zürich in 1894 and she accomplished a lot to improve the women’s condition at this time. The architect promoted the progress of gender equality by running her business under her own name and did […]