Monocle on Design

Women in architecture

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12 April 2016

Episode 235

30 minutes

This week we hone in on the role of women in architecture and design. We consider the life and legacy of Zaha Hadid, speak with two leading female architects about their work and re-evaluate a few women who have been overlooked in the history of architecture.

12 April 2016

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Remembering Zaha Hadid

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Zaha Hadid’s passing is a great loss to the industry. Here Josh Fehnert chats with Monocle’s senior correspondent Sophie Grove about the UK-Iraqi architect’s monumental achievements.

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Angela Brady

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Angela Brady OBE is a Dublin-born architect who in 2011 was elected president of the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects. Now director of London-based Brady Mallalieu architects, she has been an outspoken advocate of getting more women into the industry.

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Architecture’s overlooked heroines

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Women have made significant contributions to architecture and design since the beginning of the profession – think of Ray and Charles Eames and Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. But, as is too often the case in other fields, their contributions are frequently overlooked and their personalities subsumed by the reputations of their male colleagues. Architect and writer Nicky Rackard considers why. You can read Nicky's full article on the topic here.

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Amanda Levete

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We meet Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete, whose work ranges from a mosque in Abu Dhabi to a cultural centre in Lisbon and much more besides. Now she’s working on a £49.5m extension scheme for the Victoria and Albert Museum, which opens in 2017.

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