Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Women in Architecture

Don't forget the Women in Architecture Forum on Thursday, October 12 at 5:30pm.

Women in Architecture: Construction Administration
Bonnie Blake-Drucker, AIA and Claudia Falconer, AIA will present a session on Construction Administration. Included topics will be submittals, RFIs, accessibility, and working with the Fire Marshall.
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact Person: Sidney Sweeney, 510/464-3600
Cost: None. Drinks and Light Refreshments will be Served
All Are Welcome

From the Guardian Unlimited, "I Don't Do Nice" an article about Zaha Hadid by Janathan Glancey:
"In 2006, [Zaha]Hadid is still the world's only major woman architect, by
which I mean an architect who will go down in the history books. "There have
been some well-known women architects in the US," she says. "But they have
always been part of husband-and-wife teams, like Bob Venturi and Denise Scott
Brown [who designed the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing]. There have been very
intelligent women architects working in local authorities and government offices
worldwide, too. But for a woman to go out alone into architecture is still very,
very hard. It's still a man's world."

What's more, she says, architecture requires 100% dedication. "If it
doesn't kill you, then you're no good. I mean, really - you have to go at it
full time. You can't afford to dip in and out. When women break off to have
babies, it's hard for them to reconnect on the big scale. And when [women] do
succeed, the press, even the industry press, spend far too much time talking
about how we dress, what shoes we're wearing, who we're meant to be seeing.
That's pretty sad for women, especially when it's written by women who really
should know better.

"In another way, I can be my own worst enemy. As a woman, I'm expected
to want everything to be nice, and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I
don't design nice buildings - I don't like them. I like architecture to have
some raw, vital, earthy quality. You don't need to make concrete perfectly
smooth or paint it or polish it. If you consider changes in the play of light on
a building before it's built, you can vary the colour and feel of concrete by
daylight alone. Some winters ago, I flew from New York to Chicago in the snow;
at sunset, the landscape and cityscapes became no colours other than starkly
contrasted black and white, while the rivers and lakes were blood red. Amazing.
You wouldn't call that a nice landscape, but it had the quality of light and
life I would love to get into our buildings."

Read the full article at http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1890945,00.html

For more information: Email Sidney Sweeney or call 510/464-3600

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