According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics UU., Full-time architects in 2016 earned 20 percent less than full-time male architects. And the fact is that while almost half of architecture school graduates are women, only one in five becomes an authorized professional, which is largely due to lower salaries and fewer career opportunities women in the field of architecture.
Despite the inequalities, many women have not only survived in the industry dominated by men but have thrived. AD brings together seven of the most audacious and culturally significant buildings in the world designed by women.
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The Lieb House (Barnegat Light, New Jersey)
Lieb House was designed by the couple formed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Located in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, the iconic house (which was completed in 1969) takes the extraordinary and places it in an ordinary setting. Everything from the massive number nine (indicating the direction) to the flat roof (all other surrounding roofs are tilted), combination of colors in two tones and abnormally geometric windows, allow this banal box to be highlighted by an innovative design.
Aqua Tower (Chicago, Illinois)
The American architect and fellow MacArthur Jeanne Gang is one of the most interesting architects in the world today. As the founding director of Studio Gang, she has literally raised the roof of what it means to be an architect. That fact was evident when he designed the Aqua Tower (pictured), a 859-foot-high skyscraper that was the third tallest building in the world to have a woman as the principal architect.
Monument to the Veterans of Vietnam (Washington, D.C.)
The American Maya Lin was awarded the Presidential Freedom Medal of 2016 by the then President Barack Obama. The self-styled designer has produced works of muted beauty, such as the Riggio-Lynch Chapel in Tennessee, as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
METI Handmade School (Rudrapur, Bangladesh)
The German architect Anna Heringer is one of the world leaders in the sustainable architecture movement. Projects like the METI Handmade School (pictured) in Bangladesh show that the implementation of local materials and traditions in design is not only good for the environment and regional culture, but also for high-level design.
Citroën flagship store (Paris, France)
Manuelle Gautrand is a French architect who, with her Citroën showroom in the Champs Elysees (pictured), gained international recognition. Gautrand not only designs dazzling structures, but also pays off the next generation by teaching at universities throughout Europe and the United States.
The Heydar Aliyev Center (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Of course, architecture and Azerbaijani lovers will no doubt recognize the Heydar Aliyev Center as the work of the late Zaha Hadid. But there is still a large swath of the world’s population that may not realize the gifts that this talented Iraqi architect left us before his untimely death in March 2016. She was a pioneer for women in the industry, and was finally recognized for her talent when, in 2004, she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. Hadid also won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, and received an RIBA International Award for the Galaxy Soho in 2013.
Atlantis Condominium (Miami, Florida)
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an American-born architect who co-founded the firm Arquitectonica based in Miami. Plater-Zyberk is a very important part of the New Urbanism movement that took off for the first time in the eighties. The concept is to design urban environments that promote environmentally friendly habits by creating accessible neighborhoods.