“Women have always worked in the field of architecture, in parallel and in collaboration with men and for this reason their work must be recognized and told. In a period like ours where the theme of gender identity dominates the public debate and arouses many disputes, the mere fact of mentioning women as building authors seems to me to be a necessary political act. ” With these eloquent words Jane Hall explains the reasons that led her to write the book, edited by Phaidon “Breaking Ground – Architecture by women“. She wrote it while she was still working on her PhD in architecture and was experiencing a period of frustration in discovering the lack of an intersectional discourse on women in architecture.
The book collects the works of 150 architects who have worked from the beginning of the twentieth century to nowadays: illustrious names of the last century such as Lina Bo Bardi and Eileen Gray, contemporary figures such as Kazuyo Sejima and Elizabeth Diller and almost forgotten authors ranging from Mary Medd, post war design icon, to Margaret Kropholler, the first female architect from the Netherlands. There are 180 buildings in this beautiful volume described by writings and with images. There are skyscrapers, museums, headquarters and football stadiums, including Lina Bo Bardi’s São Paulo Museum of Art, Liz Diller’s The Broad in Los Angeles, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Borisov’s Football Stadium Arena, designed by Špela Videčnik, OFIS Architects.
Above: Mariam Kamara, Hikma Religious and Secular Complex, Niger, 2018, built with Studio Chahar