Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

How do we put women at the centre of architectural practice?


07:00pm, Tuesday, 10 December 2019


09:00pm, Tuesday, 10 December 2019


Barbican Centre

Frobisher Auditorium 1

Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS



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What are the issues facing women architects today? Join us for a panel conversation to debate this and more.

‘Would you still call me a diva if I were a man?’ asked the architect Zaha Hadid, challenging more than 100 years of stereotypes about female architects.

A century in which women were refused entry to architecture schools, denied degrees when they had completed courses, and even now, where women occupy just ten per cent of the highest-ranking jobs in architecture firms. Jane Hall, recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and founding member of Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, leads a conversation around recently published Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women.

Speakers will discuss the ways of achieving parity and how to put women at the centre of practice. Expect questions such as; 'why is gender activism necessary?' and 'how do we begin to think beyond gender in relation to architectural practice?' 


Jane Hall, Assemble

Dr. Jane Hall is the inaugural recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and foundingmember of the London architecture collective Assemble, who won the Turner Prize in 2015. Jane completed aPhD at the Royal College of Art (2018), where her research looked at the legacy of Modernist architectsworking in both Brazil and the UK. Her particular focus is on interdisciplinary practice between artists andarchitects, and the emergence of alternative methods for architectural design. Jane is also the author of thebook ‘Breaking Ground, Architecture by Women’ (Phaidon, 2019).

Alisha Morenike Fisher, Black Females in Architecture

Alisha is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary design collective, 3°09. She has worked for the award-winning studio, HTA Design and UrbanWorks in Johannesburg. She created the active self-organised network, ‘Young Architects Network’ and is a teaching facilitator for the built environment at the NLA. Alisha’s work focuses on landscape and environmental architecture.

Zoë Berman, Part W

Zoë Berman is a director of design office Studio Berman. In 2018 she founded Part W, a collective that campaigns for gender equality across the built environment. Zoë is a studio tutor at the Reading School of Architecture and has taught at The Cass and the Welsh School of Architecture. She teaches as part of the Studio in the Woods annual summer workshop. She is interested in cross-disciplinary design, and the socio-economic impact of architecture. 




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