Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2016
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|In this issue:
Get to Know a Member in 5 Questions - Cynthia Bathgate
After Zaha Hadid, a Few Questions - Naomi Horowitz
The Work of Mary Colter - Eliza Hart
Steering Committee Meeting Highlights - Cynthia Bathgate and Naomi Horowitz
Visioning Retreat - Cynthia Bathgate
Book Preview: Resilience by Design - Alexandra Jayeun Lee, Ph.D.
Members - Sharon Chio and Naomi Horowitz
Details - Naomi Horowitz
Get to Know a Member in 5 Questionsby Cynthia Bathgate | Share #1124
After Zaha Hadid, a Few Questionsby Naomi Horowitz | Share #1126
Zaha Hadid’s death, on March 30, has prompted a flurry of responses. Articles have ranged from evaluations of her life and work to reflections on her meaning for other women architects, to more general considerations of the current and historical status of women in architecture.
Rather than adding to this growing pile, we have gathered some of the most interesting items for your reading pleasure. The New York Times has been particularly prolific, with writing about Hadid from a number of angles, by a variety of people. Worthwhile articles can also be found in The Guardian, on ArchDaily, and elsewhere. See below for a list.
Perhaps after more time has passed we will be able to see more clearly what Zaha Hadid has meant to our profession and to the women who practice it. In the meantime, I offer a few questions to ponder, some inspired by the articles listed below:
1. To what extent is the work of women architects evaluated differently by juries, journalists and coworkers?
2. Would it be better to refer to “women architects” simply as “architects?” Does erasing the language help to erase the bias?
3. How much does the break-away success of one member of an under-represented group help lift up the other members of the group?
4. Could Zaha Hadid only accomplish what she did because she was single and childless? How many successful women architects can you think of with children?
5. A related point, raised in the Monocle24 Radio podcast: Does the relatively low pay of architecture cause more women to slip out of this profession than from higher-paying professions where childcare would be more affordable? In other words, how is the impact of your gender framed by economic considerations?
6. Being a woman is only one way we may be non-standard in the world of architecture or the world at large. Hadid is famously quoted describing herself as a “triple whammy: I’m a woman and that’s a problem for some people, I’m a foreigner, and I do work which is not normative, not what they expect.” To what extent can we understand the status of women in isolation, and to what extent is it necessary to consider the intersection of other aspects of identity?
Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016: an appreciation
A critique and evaluation of Hadid in her context
Spotlight: Zaha Hadid
If you want to be refreshed and see a collection of warm and non-sexist words spoken for Hadid over the years
Zaha Hadid and women architects:
Monocle24 Explores Women in Architecture
A podcast that includes range of responses to Hadid (from media overview to a perspective by a feminist architect to a review of forgotten woman architects)
Zaha Hadid: More Than a ‘Female Architect’
Female Architects on the Significance of Zaha Hadid
For female architects, the loss of Zaha Hadid is personal
The status of women in architecture:
There has also been more general discussion about the status of women in architecture prompted by Hadid’s death. Notably, The New York Times conducted an informal online questionnaire on women’s experiences in architecture. The results are compiled in:
I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out
The Work of Mary Colterby Eliza Hart | Share #1125
Steering Committee Meeting Highlightsby Cynthia Bathgate and Naomi Horowitz | Share #1127
February 10, 2016:
• Documenting useful resources and best practices for future Steering Committee members
• New features for the newsletter
• What benefits should be available only to members
• Events for the year
• Planning for the visioning retreat
April 10, 2016:
• Email and website capabilities
• Types of programs to provide, and whether to list non-OWA+DP events on our calendar
• The merits of sponsoring a high-profile event
• Visioning retreat review and next steps
Current members who log into the OWA+DP website can see full minutes of Steering Committee meetings at https://owa-usa.org/minutes.php
Visioning Retreatby Cynthia Bathgate | Share #1128
Book Preview: Resilience by Designby Alexandra Jayeun Lee, Ph.D. | Share #1129
Membersby Sharon Chio and Naomi Horowitz | Share #1130
From Janis Birkeland:
I was among the early members of OWA and was briefly a lawyer, architect and planner in San Francisco before moving to Australia. There I eventually entered academia, concentrating on sustainable development, planning and design. My focus has been showing that cities and buildings can be ecologically net positive. (See 'Positive Development' on Wikipedia.)
I am soon moving from Auckland, New Zealand, to Melbourne, Australia, where I will be 'honorary professorial fellow' in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Before retirement, I was Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Auckland, and prior to that Professor of Architecture at Queensland University of Technology.
Recent publications include 'net positive building carbon sequestration' and 'net positive biodiversity offsetting.’ Books include Positive Development: from Vicious Circles to Virtuous Cycles through Built Environment Design (Routledge, 2008) and Design for Sustainability (Routledge, 2002)
I visited OWA in about 2001 and I would love to hear from OWA people, especially those I knew from 1973–80. Drop by when in Melbourne.
From Leslie Golden:
Golden Associates is delighted to announce that we have expanded our geographic reach to Arizona and Colorado and have named Doug Craig, PLA, to principal-in-charge of our Mesa Office. Mr. Craig has more than 30 years of landscape architecture and planning experience in a variety of private and public sector projects including resort and hospitality, retail, healthcare, higher education, and recreational and community parks. Doug is a seasoned professional with professional licenses and work experience in both Arizona and Colorado.
Doug is a great addition to our team and is the seasoned leader who can manage that growth for us and continue to provide our clients with high-quality innovative and sustainable solutions that create a memorable sense of place.
Welcome New Members
We welcome the following members who have recently joined OWA+DP:
We hope you will all get involved, come to events, and get to know your fellow members.
We also thank everyone who has renewed their membership (47 of you in the last two months).
If you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2016, please login to the website and do so. We’ll also have our Square at the Galen Cranz talk in May, so bring your credit card if you prefer paying that way.
Detailsby Naomi Horowitz | Share #1131
Days full of lines - solid, dashed -
And areas hatched/crosshatched.
Worried layering of membrane, shingle, flange.
These pile up:
Every opening and fastening,
Every instance where up meets over.
Then hopeful sheets are sent and return
A red palimpsest.
And even when they are all
Rolled up, heavy in your hands,
So hard to believe this paper and ink
Will someday hold the wake and sleep of aching lives,
Square and solid.