Women in Architecture: Equality Under Construction
Female architects, especially young ones, are more common in a contemporary society, but it is still a very male-dominated workplace, especially on site where the majority of the contractors and builders are men.
Photo by: Bundesarchiv
There is also a tendency in the media to speak about the absence of women at the top of the architectural field, rather than recognizing the many who are already there. New Berlin-based event has a mission to fix all these gaps. It’s looking for constructive narratives and real advocacy for women in the profession.
WIA 2021 is the first festival by and for women in architecture and related fields and is held from June 1st to July 1st in multiple locations in Berlin. It’s organized by professional network n-ails and the Berlin Chamber of Architects. Over 60 online and live events, such as exhibitions, film series, guided tours, symposia, lectures and workshops are running this month all over the city. The festival offers a space for recognizing the work of women and focuses on cross-cutting themes of equality, building a culture based on parity, and redefining the job profile for women in the industry. WIA Berlin sees itself as a platform for professional networking and is set to inspire women, either helping them to start their own businesses or to succeed in top management positions in existing firms.
Photo by: Architect Fay Kellogg in 1912
Whether it’s a workshop on façade design or a guided landscape tour of different Berlin neighborhoods, an exhibition about Berlin city planners or an audio walk guided by binaural sound recordings shedding light on female perspectives on daily life in the cities, a finissage with portraits of female architects from different generations or a series of professional development events for women interested in men-dominated technical fields – the festival offers a rich program for anyone looking to learn, participate or contribute to shaping a dialog about female future of architecture and related industries. It’s also a unique event for general public looking for yet another growth opportunity or a new artistic outlet.
You can follow WIA on Instagram and also watch its many events on YouTube, if you miss any in person.