Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale

Oct 13, 2014 — Dear 19,622 backers of the Petition to Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize,

We are delighted to announce the launch of Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture. Voices from Venice is a series of one-on-one video interviews conducted by Harvard GSD graduate Caroline James, with architects Caroline Bos, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff, and Benedetta Tagliabue.

The inspiration for this project was the advocacy campaign for equal recognition, which began in March 2013 with the Petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize for recognition of Denise Scott Brown’s work in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Prize. The Petition, and subsequent conversations with Denise Scott Brown helped shape ongoing conversations about recognition, inclusion and joint creativity in design.

Advocacy towards an inclusive profession is increasingly vocal in schools. At Harvard GSD, Women in Design continues full-steam ahead, growing to over 50 active members, and connecting with related groups in architecture schools globally. The Architectural Association London is celebrating AA XX 100 — the centenary of women at the AA, with celebrations ramping up in 2016.

Awards to recognize women in architecture have been sprouting up worldwide. In 2011, the AJ Women in Architecture Awards were launched in order “to raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.” In 2013, Italcementi Group announced the formation of the arcVision Prize – an international architecture award for female designers. Architectural Record will hand out the first annual Women in Architecture Awards on Friday October 10, 2014 in New York. The impassioned award ceremony included remarks by Ivenue Love-Stanley, who was the first African-American woman to be registered as a licensed architect in the South. Love-Stanley noted, “I cannot think of a profession better positioned for social change than architecture.”

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