Public Programme for Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London
Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London will stay open after hours on the 10th of June, as part of the London Festival of Architecture’s series of Studio Lates in Clerkenwell.
‘On the Edge’: Is the Role of Women Changing in Architecture?
Thandi Loewenson (RCA)
Ann de Graft-Johnson
This debate, ‘On the Edge’: Is the Role of Women Changing in Architecture?, brings together practitioners and scholars of architectural design for a critical discussion on gender and architecture. The event accompanies Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London, an exhibition curated by the Courtauld MA Curating the Art Museum cohort in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Foundation.
Inspired by Zaha Hadid’s statement that ‘As a woman in architecture you’re always an outsider. It’s OK, I like being on the edge’. The debate, ‘On the Edge’: Is the Role of Women Changing in Architecture?, will explore the ways in which women architects challenge the male-dominated field, and interrogate the existing definition of architecture. The discussion will consider the potential for more inclusive ways of thinking about architecture.
Women architects often face marginalisation and exclusion in the male-dominated industry of Architecture. Statistical inequalities are constantly visible. The Office of National Statistics reported an 18% pay gap between male and female architects this year as part of a survey for International Women’s Day. The structural and institutional biases not only obstruct women architects’ career development but also deny the significance of their voices and practices. The marginalisation of women has fundamental impacts on the built space we occupy: ‘We live in the city of men. (Leslie Kern, Feminist City, 2019).
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In Conversation with Nigel Coates
In partnership with the Zaha Hadid Foundation (ZHF), the MA Curating the Art Museum cohort of the Courtauld Institute of Art present an evening in conversation with renowned architect Nigel Coates, led by ZHF’s head of Research and Learning Jane Pavitt. Nigel Coates is an acclaimed British architect and designer. As director of Branson Coates (1984–2006), he designed buildings, interiors and products internationally. Examples of his work are held in several museum collections, including the V&A in London, FRAC in Orléans and M+ in Hong Kong. He is the author of Guide to Ecstacity (Laurence King, 2003), Collidoscope (Lawrence King, 2004) and Narrative Architecture (Wiley, 2012). Emeritus Professor and former Hed of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, he was awarded the RIBA Annie Spink Award in 2012 for his outstanding contribution to architectural education. The conversation will centre on the 1970s and 80s architecture scene in London, and his friendship with Zaha Hadid. Held at the newly refurbished ZHF site in Bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell, where Hadid ran her practice throughout her career, attendees will also be able to view the MA Curating the Art Museum cohort’s curated exhibition Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London, and take part in a Q&A at the end of the talk.