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This is where we store articles and documentaries which deal with architecture and gender, in the hope to build a slow-growing and continuous resource for the academic and professional communities.
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12 April 2017
Our condolences go to the family and friends of Architect Dorothy Mahon, who passed away on 7 April 2017, aged 92 years.
MAHON, Dorothy Isabel (nee Gawith):
Dorothy Gawith was enrolled at the University of Auckland Architecture School in 1938,
1 April 2017
‘I have set up shop!’: Mary Taylor in Wellington
ELIZABETH COX for Bay Heritage Consultants
Article originally published on www.bayheritage.co.nz/heritage-blog/ - reproduced
24 February 2017
"The next generation are looking for role models who look like them, and can relate to them." Lusitania Vete.
A lack of role models is a common theme for many women making their way in architectural practice - and this lack of role modelling also extends
26 January 2017
6 January 2017
GENDER AND ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE
by Gina Hochstein, March(Prof) Student, The University of Auckland SoAP
‘I say to young women today, don’t cast out your feminist awareness: when the glass ceiling hits you, you will think
13 September 2016
And that's a wrap! Architecture Week 2016 is all over, and what a week it was.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our exhibition
29 August 2016
Life as a 1st Year Graduate - Silvia Pisano.
Originally from Sardinia, Italy – I have travelled, studied and worked my way across the globe to settle in the city of sails as a budding architect. I am currently an architectural graduate working
13 August 2016
I have a passion! by Anner Chong 2 August 2016
I was asked these questions recently: Why do you do what you do, and how do you do it?
30 July 2016
21 July 2016
17 June 2016
The A+W•NZ Metalcraft Writing Award 2016 called for short-piece writing (300 words) on any topic relevant to A+W•NZ's two central aims: visibility
1 May 2012
When Architecture+Women•NZ was initially launched in 2011, BFM's Ready Steady Learn interviewed co-founder and Co-Chair Lynda Simmons.
The interview can be heard
16 June 2016
Angeles Hevia has provided A+W•NZ with images and information of her project recently completed in Ghana, which we pblish here as an extension of the ideas being discussed by the ISBC and earth-rammed construction. Kente House was completed in 2015 as a result of an
10 June 2016
Gentle Foundations: Extrapolations of The Whare in the Bush.
EXHIBITION AND PUBLICATION.
Published September 2014 by St Paul St Publishing and Architecture+
30 May 2016
12 May 2016
19 April 2016
Amelia Melbourne Hayward asked several architects some questions about the professional side of working in architecture. She wrote two articles for Architecture Now, published online on
31 March 2016
The Pioneer Class: Women who Started at the Auckland School of Architecture in 1972.
Fifty-one independently pioneering women attended the Auckland School of Architecture in the 25 years between 1947 and 1971. We can identify them
1 March 2016
2 February 2016
The Metalcraft A+W•NZ Writing Award 2016 results are in, and you can read the three short-piece submissions below;
The Winner is;
23 January 2016
Portico - a new website resource for secondary and tertiary students who are interested in architecture.
As mentioned in the NZIA Bulletin 22 January 2016,
4 January 2016
RNZ Sunday Arts interview, Sunday 3rd January 2016 'Designing New Zealand'.
5 December 2015
A+W•NZ supports Future Islands, The New Zealand Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, opening in late May 2016.
To help out, we are the sponsor of the official
19 November 2015
In the Nov / Dec issue of architecture nz is an article written by Justine Harvey on a recently-formed group within
12 November 2015
AKAU are featured in the November / December issue of architecture nz, where their non-typical approach to practice structure, method and
16 October 2015
In response to an email received from Matt Ritani in 2014, regarding access (or restrictions) to the Architecture+Women•NZ membership (database), A+W•NZ Co-Chair
15 October 2015
Radio NZ Interview, 30 September 2015.
'Design Skills for Kaikohe's Disadvantaged Youth: Social enterprise entrepreneurs Ana Heremaia
2 September 2015
Obituary - Marilyn Reynolds
Architecture+Women•NZ are very sad to hear of the passing of Marilyn Reynolds (nee Hart) on Monday 31 August 2015.
16 May 2015
Back in 2013, Nicole Stock organised a section in the NZ Herald Viva section with a focus on women and architecture.
In 'The Changing face of Architecture', she interviewed
24 February 2015
29 December 2014
Visit the Studio Catherine Griffiths website page for an overview of the design and compilation of the first A+W•NZ Awards book. Designed by Catherine Griffiths, the small
29 December 2014
3 December 2014
Put Your Hands Together: Bill McKay at the Architecture+Women Awards 2014.
Bill McKay writes for Block - issue # 10 2014 , on his thoughts as a jury member for the inaugural A+W•NZ Awards 2014.
'If anyone doubts the need
23 November 2014
The Vernacularist: The Environmental Issue, published by The Depot Art Gallery, includes an article The Story of the
11 October 2014
NZ Architecture 04 2014 included a section on architecture and women, with articles and reviews as follows;
Lynda Simmons - Let's Look at the Numbers
4 August 2014
NZ Architecture Week pays homage to women's suffrage
21 May 2014
Architecture by Women 2003-2013 Block Itinerary No. 49
14 April 2014
Thank you to the NZIA for their Bulletin 14 March 2014, which included their recent research statistics, repeated here;
Did you know?
- 48% of NZIA Members are not Architects
- 23% of new Registered
16 March 2014
Helen Tippett (1933-2004) Obituary, by John Gray published in the Cross Section NZIA News May 2004.
Helen Tippett was the first woman professor of architecture in Australasia,
11 February 2014
Congratulations to the team who worked on the Architecture For Humanity Glulam Project - whose project has been
7 February 2014
On the last page of each issue, HOME magazine publishes a 'My Favourite Building' image and commentary. The Feb/March issue has a favourite by Lynda Simmons, one of the co-founders of A+W•NZ. She chose The Teps, because of its personal historic and current links between her
10 November 2013
Photograph: Simon Devitt
Snapshot 500: Architecture+Women New Zealand
editors Julia Gatley and Sara Lee
Published by Balasoglou Books, Auckland 2013
16 October 2013
In November 2012, A+W•NZ contracted Public Works Media to document the process towards the National Exhibition 2013 and related events, held September-November 2013 in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
15 October 2013
Wendy Shacklock reviewed Architecture in an Expanded Field for the NZIA Bulletin (27/9/13) and we have re-published her piece here, with the addition of some images from the day. You can see more images on the following links from
9 October 2013
The Wellington exhibition 'Diverse Practice' is based on a response to a survey that asked 7 questions about practice.
The text from the survey for the exhibition has been curated by
2 October 2013
Lynne Freeman from the National Radio Arts on Sunday programme interviewed Lynda Simmons on 15 September 2013. You can
23 September 2013
On 14-15 September, the team working on the glulam beam project installed their design at the Silo Park site, to the area in front of the Silo 6 Gallery. The huge laminated beams, which have been donated from Air New Zealand from a recently dismantled hanger, were lifted,
26 August 2013
Architecture+Women•NZ meet regularly at Alleluya Cafe in St Kevins Arcade to make sure all is going well for the events planned for September. Here are some images of the action - there are so many enthusiastic people involved to make the national exhibition a great event
29 July 2013
11 July 2013
Be visible: at Silo Park (Auckland) this September, in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The nationwide A+W•NZ exhibition is coming soon.
Show how architecture is in your life: your work, your practice methods, your wider interests. Practice,
8 July 2013
Teena Hale Pennington has recently been appointed CEO of the NZIA. When Nicole Stock from Architecture + Women spoke to her she had only been in the seat for a few weeks but already she had quite clear goals for the Institute and Architecture in general.
12 June 2013
Bobby Shen attended the recent Transform conference, held in Melbourne 30 May 2013, along with a team from New Zealand, ranging from students to mid-career architects. His summary of the interesting, provocative and well-organised day can be found
3 June 2013
At the recent TRANSFORM conference held in Melbourne, the Parlour Group launched some incredibly valuable Policy Guidelines: The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice. Parlour are now calling for feedback -
27 May 2013
Shelley Penn, the current (and outgoing) National AIA President, gave a very interesting presentation at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on Saturday 25 May, 2013. She discussed
18 May 2013
Women and Architecture, and the WIA Group 1979-1985:
a Personal Response.
Janet S. Thomson, April 2013
Architecture was my dream! But such things were "not done" during my school days. I finally
14 May 2013
ArchitectureNZ Nov/Dec 1993 article by Sarah Treadwell: 'Buildig as an unnatural act: the paper house.' Pp 64-68.
Treadwell discusses a house in Tane Road, Laingholm, by
3 May 2013
Teena Hale Pennington, the new CEO of the NZIA, answers 12 Questions posed by Sarah Stuart in the NZ Herald on Tuesday 30 April.
23 April 2013
Shauna Herminghouse, architect at Studio of Pacific Architecture in Wellington, discusses her specialisation in interiors from assumptions of being a colour consultant to the professional opportunities in this niche.
26 March 2013
In 1992, Jane Rooney prepared a research report while a student at the University of Auckland Architecture School, titled
8 March 2013
Using this Architecture+Women•NZ database as the resource, Dr Sarah Treadwell and Nicole Allen have published an article that looks at portraits of women architects in the latest Architectural Theory Review. Published by
5 March 2013
Charissa Snijders is an architect with over 20 years experience practicing in Auckland. She explains some of her background, and her thoughts on architecture and the industry.
When did you finish your
26 February 2013
23 February 2013
A snippet of history from the 1980s. (Thanks to Robin Allison)
11 February 2013
image: Patrick Reynolds
Marilyn Hart was one of the founding members of The Group and one of the few female architectural students in the 1940s. There she met Ian Reynolds and the two married in London in 1949. After
11 February 2013
Lindley Naismith wrote this profile on Lillian Chrystall after interviewing her in December 2004. For more information on Lillian and Chrystall
31 January 2013
'Architecture culture means the full social, philosophic, representational environment in which architecture is discussed, produced, experienced, and consumed.... Architecture is a broad field. It is visual and organizational, and the skill related to this can be applied
30 January 2013
Fiona Cassie featured architects Min Hall and Mary Dorothy Edwards for the Nelson Mail in 1993, while the touring 'Constructive Agenda' Exhibition was showing in Nelson.
30 January 2013
Mary Dorothy Edwards, 7 February 1909 - 7 September 1995. Eulogy written by Min Hall. Mary Dorothy Edwards was the third women in New Zealand to graduate with an architectural degree, in 1939.
27 January 2013
Scope Magazine, Issue 5 2003/2004 - an article by Brian Taggart on recent student work, featured 3 students; Lucy Gauntlett, Jacqueline Chan and Anna Harley.
20 January 2013
Apparently women in 1923 could not design homes without first having experience in housewifery. How male architects have coped with house design for all of these years is not addressed, however. Thanks to Bill McKay for sending in this article from The Ladies' Mirror,
13 December 2012
When did you finish your architecture degree?
I completed my Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2004 (at Victoria University of Wellington), and my research Masters in 2006 (at the University of California at Berkeley).
29 November 2012
Jennie Aerts on An Architect's Practice on Maternity Leave
It is said an architect reaches his or her prime somewhere between 40 and 60 years old. Reasons for this vary for having the time to hone ones craft, learning from the building of multiple
19 November 2012
When did you finish your architecture degree?
I finished my architecture degree in 1978 as one of the first graduates (and the only woman) from Victoria University of Wellington’s new
11 November 2012
Mark Taylor, at the time of writing head of interior design at the School of Architecture, Victoria University, writes about the practice of Burry & Burry Architects, which was in
12 November 2012
A number of architects were recently recognised in the NZIA Local Awards.
Lloyd House by Atelierworkshop (Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen), which is pictured, received this citation from the judges in the Wellington Awards:
8 November 2012
This article by Jane Hill was originally published in 2007, Architecture NZ 3. Although instigated by a slew of negative statistics, it is a positive musing of the profession and its
14 October 2012
Gill Matthewson reviews a history of how women have set up academic and professional support structures around women studying and working in architecture. From the Womens Institute of Architecture, created in the late 1970s, through to the 1993 Constructive Agenda
27 August 2012
Though some of the stylish stadia were some of the many reasons the recent London Olympics were deemed such a success, few of these buildings received much more than a quick scan before the television crew cut back to the rowing or cycling. Yet, for a short time, the design
15 August 2012
The American writer and director Nora Efron died a few weeks ago, and of course there were many retrospectives and links to articles that she had written. While she wasn’t an architect, nor connected in any tangible way with architecture, apart from one beautifully written
15 June 2012
'Take it to the Limit: women as architectural breach' Gill Matthewson April 23rd 2012
11 June 2012
Sarah Treadwell 'Pink and White Descriptions' Architectural Theory Review, Vol 15 No 2