TEAMING UP TO FURTHER SUPPORT FEMALE ARCHITECTS WORLDWIDE:
Zaha Hadid’s legacy continues to unfold this year as Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) joins the Women in Architecture partner programme, in association with the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review publications.
As the world celebrates women this month with the International Women’s Day, the Women in Architecture programme stands out as an ethos of industry leadership, acknowledging the outstanding contribution that female architects make to the wider profession. The programme is, in fact, dedicated to changing the profession for the better on a global scale.
The Women in Architecture annual survey, events and awards celebrating the best design by women architects from around the world, promote role models for young women in practice. Women in Architecture partners support an office culture and working practice that represent excellence, using internal audits to benchmark progress.
At the 2012 Women in Architecture awards, Zaha Hadid received the Jane Drew Prize for her contribution to the status of women in architecture. Subsequent winners are Eva Jiřičná, Kathryn Findlay, Grafton Architects, Odile Decq and the 2017 recipient, Denise Scott Brown. Jane Drew’s work throughout the 20th century fostered diversity and innovation in architecture.
“Women architects need some support from others who have made that journey,” explained Zaha Hadid on receiving the 2012 Jane Drew Prize. “You now see more established, respected female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the difficulties are incomprehensible.”
“Zaha Hadid did so much to support these awards, and indeed was a recipient herself. It is more important than ever to mark the significant contribution of women,” explains Christine Murray, editor-in-chief of the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review.
And who could possibly forget the extraordinary contributions that Dame Zaha Hadid has made to the world when her architectural masterpieces continue to soar through the skylines of major cities across the globe?
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