Françoise-Hélène Jourda: A Socially, Ecologically Responsible Architect. (1955-2015).

Françoise-Hélène Jourda was a militant architect. She was one of the first to call for the integration of ecology  in architecture, also one claiming that architects have a social responsibility to stand for.… Continue reading

Girls in Architecture: An overview in 2015

It is time for a small overview about women and architecture, after 8 March 2015. The online magazine Places phrases nicely the situation: “Lately the subject of women’s in architecture — long dismissed… Continue reading

Ten Hot Spanish Architects

I chose this terrible title based on a male friend’s advice, of course. M., a dear Sevillan architect, argued that good architecture is always hot, regardless of the gender of its architect. Therefore… Continue reading

The Berlage Fails Miserably #gendercheck #fail

It is always so distressing to see that excellent teaching institutions which have proven to be progressive, innovative, provocative in their approaches, pedagogy and political positions, fail at basic human level. The Berlage,… Continue reading

Scrutinizing in 2015: Architecture at ETHZ, Bartlett UCL #gendercheck #fail

Happy new year! May 2015 see the rise of women in design! I start the year with a few angry rounds on the terrible ratio in architecture academia of women on podiums, and… Continue reading

Lina Bo Bardi, a precise poet architect who loved stones and cats

Lina Bo Bardi would have turned 100 today (5.December). An inspiring role model for architects male or female, she is the quintessence of a socially engaged and conscious, morally strong designer. Domus runs… Continue reading

Gender Check: Bartlett UCL Lecture Series Fall 2014 #mustimprove

Last spring, we slapped the Bartlett UCL Lecture Series for having an extremely poorly gender-balanced podium. This fall, it is slightly better with a 5/13 female guests. The guests are: (click on names… Continue reading

JOINING FORCES/ LADIES TEAMS Series: MUF

I don’t know what MUF stands for. It is close enough to the French slang term Meuf, which is a reverted form of Femme. The improper, largely sexist, user-based urban dictionary argues it… Continue reading

Mrs. Dean: The scandal of no female leaders in architecture schools

A dean is the person with a significant authority over a specific academic unit. There is no female form. That is originated in the constructs of patriarchate and male domination convenient because there… Continue reading

Ladies of the 2014 Architecture Biennale: Modernity? Where?

In the crowds of the opening days of the Architecture Biennale 2014, there was as many women than men. Girls, mature women, students, interns, curators, visitors, panelists, it was not an engineer fair. … Continue reading