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On Reporters and Fronts: <br> Aravena’s 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale </br>

On Reporters and Fronts:
Aravena’s 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

By Gabrielle Printz   When the architecture world raised fury—or commenced eye-rolling—over the all-male panel that inaugurated the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice, we found ourselves confronting a familiar image. Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and Andrew Makin were among those invited to reflect on “INFRASTRUCTURE” with chief curator Alejandro Aravena and Biennale president Paolo Baratta. As part […]


Hacking the Politics of Gender in Architecture:<br> A Documentary on Aliye Pekin Celik, from the “Old-Boys School” to the United Nations</br>

Hacking the Politics of Gender in Architecture:
 A Documentary on Aliye Pekin Celik, from the “Old-Boys School” to the United Nations

In 1970, Aliye Pekin Celik became the first woman to graduate from the Princeton University School of Architecture. This documentary film unveils a unique story of gender and architecture, showcasing Celik’s journey from her native Turkey, through a groundbreaking education at Princeton, to a post in the United Nations.* By Meral Ekincioglu, Ph.D. Watch the […]


“In and Out of [fresh/waste/hot] Water”: <br>Lynda H. Schneekloth and Julie Barrett O’Neill Lecture at the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning</br>

“In and Out of [fresh/waste/hot] Water”:
Lynda H. Schneekloth and Julie Barrett O’Neill Lecture at the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

By Micaela Barker Lynda H. Schneekloth, Professor Emerita from the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, and Julie Barrett O’Neill, General Counsel for the Buffalo Sewer Authority who oversees the implementation of the Authority’s $93 million green infrastructure combined sewer overflow reduction program, are two of Buffalo’s strongest advocates for the accessibility and […]


The ArchiteXX Reader’s Guide to Media Coverage of Zaha Hadid

The ArchiteXX Reader’s Guide to Media Coverage of Zaha Hadid

We were greatly saddened by the sudden loss of one of the strongest voices in contemporary architecture. As respected as she was shrouded by controversy, we wanted to give you the tools to cut through the vast number of articles, commentary, and tributes to Dame Zaha Hadid on the occasion of her untimely passing. Don’t […]


Redefining Success: A Conversation with Irina Schneid

Redefining Success: A Conversation with Irina Schneid

By Julia Gamolina  Irina Schneid is a registered architect, adjunct assistant professor, founder and principal of SCH+ARC Studio, and a new mother. Based in New York, Irina has lectured and taught internationally. Recent appointments include Barnard and Columbia Colleges’ Department of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Temple University, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in […]


Michele Gorman’s This is My House of Green Grass: <br>The Raw Retrieval of the Civil War</br>

Michele Gorman’s This is My House of Green Grass:
The Raw Retrieval of the Civil War

Photography by Ashley Simone The weekend of May 23, 2015, Green-Wood Cemetery commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a variety of exhibitions and events honoring this important period in American history. One such program was the installation of This is My House of Green Grass: The Raw Retrieval of the Civil War, […]


Teaching Architecture & Gender:</br>Why We’re Still Not Getting it Right

Teaching Architecture & Gender:
Why We’re Still Not Getting it Right

By Catherine W. Zipf To those who pooh-pooh the idea that architects need to study gendered spaces, I offer this challenge: find a building that doesn’t have a bathroom. Bathrooms are the quintessential gendered space. They are the most common gendered space we encounter on a regular basis. They are also chameleons in that regard; many bathrooms change […]


How She Got There: <br>A Conversation with Vivian Lee</br>

How She Got There:
A Conversation with Vivian Lee

The first in an eventual series on mentorship, with mentors.  By Julia Gamolina Vivian Lee is the only female Associate Partner at Richard Meier & Partners in the firm’s fifty-two-year history. Having lived and practiced abroad extensively, Lee brings an extraordinary diversity of experiences to her twenty-four years as an architect. She has worked on […]


Feminism and Architecture: <br>Rebuttal to Deborah Richmond</br>

Feminism and Architecture:
Rebuttal to Deborah Richmond

by Marta Rodriguez Deborah Richmond’s recent account of her experience attending the Parsons School of Constructed Environments conference, “Feminism and Architecture,” featured in last month’s Journal of Architectural Education made several interesting conclusions based on what she perceived as the weakness of the conference and of the impact of women in architecture. Deborah argues that […]


ArchiteXX, Parlour and n-ails Awarded
Wikipedia Project and Event Grant to Profile
Women Architects on Wikipedia

New York– May 1, 2015 $14k Wikipedia Project and Event Grants (PEG) awarded to three collaborating organizations–New York-based ArchiteXX, Melbourne-based Parlour, and Berlin-based n-ails–for an initiative to contribute more profiles of women architects to Wikipedia, one of the world’s most widely-consulted research databases. The project, “More Female Architects on Wikipedia,” addresses the very limited presence of women […]


Private Choices, Public Spaces <br> Exhibition Review

Private Choices, Public Spaces
Exhibition Review

Sub_teXXt Editor Shea Gilligan interviewed Architects Lori Brown and Kimberly Tate about the recent exhibit and design action, Private Choices, Public Spaces held in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Sheila Aronson Galleries at Parson’s The New School for Design. The exhibit displayed the results of a call for designs to reimagine the public-private interface along the fence […]


The American Institute of Architects</br>and the Question of Ethics: A Call to Action

The American Institute of Architects
and the Question of Ethics: A Call to Action

By Susana Torre For an architect, one of the most soul-chilling exhibits in Berlin’s Topography of Terror history museum, located in the former Gestapo headquarters, is a photo documenting a presentation by several architects of their models for proposed extermination camps. Clearly, no code of ethics inhibited those architects from undertaking such designs for the […]


3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining</br>the Role of Women in Architecture

3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining
the Role of Women in Architecture

By Sarah Rafson “I cannot, in whole conscience, recommend architecture as a profession for girls. I know some women who have done well at it, but the obstacles are so great that it takes an exceptional girl to make a go of it. If she insisted on becoming an architect, I would try to dissuade […]


Women in Architecture Book Release

Women in Architecture Book Release

by Milena Zindović The book “Women in Architecture | Contemporary architecture in Serbia since 1900,” is the first publication on this topic in Serbia. The series of articles and interviews present a window into the work and lives of a number of successful women architects’ who have worked, or still work in Serbia, from the beginning of […]


The Power of a Watchdog:
Lessons from Yale’s Peggy Deamer

By Sarah Rafson In Lean In, arguably the most influential recent book on women in the workforce, Sheryl Sandberg tells us that by adopting certain professional behaviors women can contribute to the betterment of the gender as a whole. Sandberg’s critics counter that institutionalized barriers­–some obvious, others hidden– prevent even the most ambitious, savvy women from achieving their full professional potential. […]


University Hubs Fall Report: <br>Syracuse Takes on Studio </br>

University Hubs Fall Report:
Syracuse Takes on Studio

By Alexandra Theoni Mantzoros The ArchiteXX Brown Bag Lecture, “Design Studio Culture: Futures of Architectural Education,” held at Syracuse University on November 13, 2014, was focused on achieving a healthy work/life balance, particularly in regards to architecture studio culture. Julie Larsen, a partner at Aptum Architecture and Yutaka Sho, partner at the GA Collaborative, both […]


Recap: Equity by Design Symposium <br> A Call to Action </br>

Recap: Equity by Design Symposium
A Call to Action

by Heather McKinstry Editor’s Note: Be sure to catch Rosa Sheng in New York at the Center for Architecture Foundation on February 27, 2015. Details here! The Missing 32% Equity by Design Symposium, held on October 18, 2014, at the San Francisco Art Institute, was an enlightening, fact-filled conversation about the underrepresentation of women in […]


Parenthood and Productivity : <br> Truths Revealed

Parenthood and Productivity :
Truths Revealed

by Julia Gamolina Hooray for working moms! Common misconceptions have been disproved in a recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Researchers found that over a 30-year career, working mothers outperformed women without children at almost every stage and every task. If that’s not enough, women with at least two children were the most productive, […]


The ArchiteXX Guide to Salary Negotiation

The ArchiteXX Guide to Salary Negotiation

By Sara Arfaian Part 1: Strategies and Tactics for Asking for the Raise You Deserve in 11 Steps The first thing to understand about salary negotiation is that asking for a raise is never about money. It’s a matter of principle. You deserve to be paid a fair market rate commensurate with the value of your […]


University Hubs Fall Report: <br>GSAPP Talks Practice and Pedagogy</br>

University Hubs Fall Report:
GSAPP Talks Practice and Pedagogy

By Xiaoxi Chen Laurent and Kate Reggev Powerful, thoughtful women are easy to find at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). On November 11th, Architexx teamed up with GSAPP to host the Roundtable Lecture “Women in Architecture: Between Practice and Pedagogy,” a conversation with Karla Rothstein (Latent Productions) and Galia Solomonoff […]


University Hubs Fall Report: <br>Barnard College on In-House vs. Out-Sourcing</br>

University Hubs Fall Report:
Barnard College on In-House vs. Out-Sourcing

By Yixia Xu For most undergraduate students, the spectrum of practices open to us in the field of architecture–whether construction, design or consultation–can be disconcerting and slightly overwhelming. But what’s the difference between working in a firm that performs these services in-house compared to a firm that outsources those services? Under this year’s theme, “Futures […]


ArchiteXX at ADFF: On the Maker Movement and</br>Why a Film About Michele De Lucchi?

ArchiteXX at ADFF: On the Maker Movement and
Why a Film About Michele De Lucchi?

By Jenny Florence In a 1993 interview, Italian designer Michele De Lucchi reflected on the uniquely independent career he’d cultivated, remarking, “I very much like the idea of design, although industrial, being created and developed outside of industry.” Two new documentaries shown at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in October, Why a Film About […]


ArchiteXX at ADFF: Films of Future Past: <br />Wim Wender’s Cathedrals of Culture</br>

ArchiteXX at ADFF: Films of Future Past:
Wim Wender’s Cathedrals of Culture

Editor’s Note: The 6th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival took place from October 15-19 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York. It was a blast, and gave us plenty of food for thought. This review marks the first of a series of pieces by subteXXt writers at the festival. More information on the available: www.adfilmfest.com. By Jessica […]


Quick Tips from BRIXX: Parenting –</br>Combining family and work

Quick Tips from BRIXX: Parenting –
Combining family and work

By Julia Gamolina The Parenting meeting drew together a diverse group of women all at different stages of their family planning. Some had children and shared their experiences of work/life balance, some chose not to have children, some were thinking of starting a family, some wanted to prepare for the possibility of a family in […]


Quick Tips from BriXX Mentorship: <br>Starting Your Own Firm, Part 1</br>

Quick Tips from BriXX Mentorship:
Starting Your Own Firm, Part 1

By Julia Gamolina The monthly mentorship group themed “Starting Your Own Firm” had the highest attendance so far; there were women participating who either have their own firms, are at the point in their lives where they could afford to start their own, or are new to the profession and wondering what they can do […]


{ap}Parent :clarity in hindsight

{ap}Parent :clarity in hindsight

by Nina Freedman I’ve been resisting writing this article. For twenty-five years, my second job was architecture.  To most, my professional life seemed to be my first job. It wasn’t.  I operated with two brains. As an Associate or Director of Architecture, while sitting in high-powered meetings with high profile clients, I simultaneously planned supper. […]


Groundbreaking at the</br>New York Botanical Gardens

Groundbreaking at the
New York Botanical Gardens

By Sarah Rafson Botanical gardens aren’t all about whimsey, fancy and flower-sniffing, it turns out. The New York Botanical Gardens throws some grit into the story of their elegant heritage by highlighting some determined and talented women who pioneered as landscape architects and designers of the grounds. Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed […]


Barcelona ReSet: <br /> Urban public installations August-September 2014 <br />

Barcelona ReSet:
Urban public installations August-September 2014

By Shea Gilligan On September 11, Catalonia commemorates the 1714 Siege of Barcelona defeat that meant the loss of independence, the abolition of all Catalan institutions, constitutions, rights and freedoms, and the beginning of a centuries-long persecution for the culture, traditions and language of its people.   via website  http://www.helpcatalonia.cat/p/special-edition-september-11th-national.html Each year, on September 11, those […]


Congratulations <br /> to Amale Andraos – first woman dean of GSAPP

Congratulations
to Amale Andraos – first woman dean of GSAPP

Co-founder of New  York Architecture firm WorkAC, wife, mother, educator, and now the first woman to hold the post of dean of Columbia University’s GSAPP. From what we’ve read thus far, Ms. Andraos will focus on integrating sustainability into the Columbia GSAPP curriculum, which we couldn’t possibly be more in support of. Read more about […]


Governor’s Cup: <br /> CDR Studio’s City of Dreams Pavilion on Governor’s Island photographed by Ashley Simone

Governor’s Cup:
CDR Studio’s City of Dreams Pavilion on Governor’s Island photographed by Ashley Simone

The “Governors Cup” pavilion, a serpentine structure made of 30,000 reclaimed plastic cups, is supported by a cluster of trees on the Governor’s Island Parade Ground. It transforms the prosaic, overlooked and discarded into a site specific, ephemeral gathering space. The pavilion will host more than 200,000 visitors during the four month summer festival. This outdoor room and […]


Our Woman in Venice:  <br /> Dispatch from the Biennale

Our Woman in Venice:
Dispatch from the Biennale

By Caitlin Blanchfield A little over a week after the opening of the Venice Biennale, as the fanfare and hoopla began to fade, Sarah Williams Goldhagen gave the show a welcome lambast in Architectural Record. Rightfully, she took to task its overburdened curatorial vocabulary:  words like “Fundamentals” and “Elements” belie the arbitrariness of the installations, […]


Now Hiring …. comic relief for new grads

Now Hiring …. comic relief for new grads

  Especially for all of the recent graduates who are deeply immersed in the job hunt. Send us your filled-in submissions!


Much Ado About Studio Culture Pt. 2: 7 Ways to <br /> Transform Studio Culture & Bring It into the 21st Century

Much Ado About Studio Culture Pt. 2: 7 Ways to
Transform Studio Culture & Bring It into the 21st Century

By Lori Brown & Joseph Godlewski In a posthumous 1990 essay “A Black Box: The Secret Profession of Architecture”, Reyner Banham warned of architecture’s corrosive trend toward insulating itself from discussions outside of the discipline. Decades later, architecture finds itself in an even more dire state of affairs. Despite a transformed global context, the same paternalistic […]


Much Ado About Studio Culture Pt. 1: Toronto’s students are restless

Much Ado About Studio Culture Pt. 1: Toronto’s students are restless

  Editor’s note: On March 29, 2014 we wrote commentary on the news that students at the University of Toronto were up to no good, making noise about the worrisome state of mental health in the architecture school. In an ArchiteXX exclusive, we are excited to follow up our report with a note from the […]


A Young Architect’s Process from Concept to Construction to Cigarette

A Young Architect’s Process from Concept to Construction to Cigarette

by Chi-Chi Lin My very first internship was in Bangladesh with Panigram Resort, an eco-boutique resort in a rural farming town outside of Jessore, Bangladesh. I had no idea that it would ignite in me an insatiable curiosity about South Asia that would lead me to return to the region several years later. I arrived in Kerala, India in […]


The Personal, Professional and Natalie de Blois: GSAPP Professors in Conversation on Women in Architecture

The Personal, Professional and Natalie de Blois: GSAPP Professors in Conversation on Women in Architecture

By Dora Felekou The ArchiteXX Brown Bag Lecture Series at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), brought together professors Mary McLeod and Hilary Sample, two American architects and academics firmly established in the field, under the title “Generations.” The room reverberated with multiple story lines, all focused on the advancement of women’s […]


The Wood Whisperer: Megan Offner Harvests Regenerative Business Practices and Forestry Strategies

The Wood Whisperer: Megan Offner Harvests Regenerative Business Practices and Forestry Strategies

Megan Offner and co-founder Dave Washburn started New York Heartwoods (NYH) in 2010 with the intention of harvesting of dying and diseased trees in the forests around their mill with low-impact methods, allowing the best trees to grow and propagate—known in the business as “selective harvesting”– while providing them with enough wood to support their decidedly […]


Mind the Gap: from School to Office

Mind the Gap: from School to Office

By Gabrielle Printz For our Brown Bag Lecture at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Mind the Gap, we wanted to recognize the core interest of ArchiteXX in uniting the academy and practice in by directly confronting the perceived chasm between the two. Framed as a guide for current students about the transition […]


Accountability is the Future

Accountability is the Future

By Shea Gilligan & Sarah Rafson On March 23, 2014, Archinect reported the “worrisome” findings of a survey conducted by the graduate student union (GALDSU) at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The survey is, as we see it, a rare and welcome move to catalog and visualize […]


Advocacy

Advocacy

What architects have to learn from lawyers By Shea Gilligan


Control Z (Undo)

Control Z (Undo)

The Glamorization of the “All-Nighter” By Shea Gilligan


Waging War

Waging War

The Wage Project and the Architectress By Sarah Rafson