Make Space: Women in Architecture

Make Space: Women in Architecture event poster.

The work and accomplishments of female architects have historically been overlooked in the profession.

To help address this issue, the Women in Architecture Student Organization (WIASO), in collaboration with the School of Architecture, presents the fall lecture series Make Space: Women in Architecture.

“Part of our mission is to spread a greater understanding of the contributions and achievements of women in the field. We want this series to be a platform that exemplifies this,” explained WIASO organizers Mary Begley, Neva Hubbert, Erin Kindell, and Dana Saari (all Architecture). Inspired by the 1980s British architectural firm Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative, WIASO named the lecture series after the firm’s book, Making Space: Women and the Man-Made Environment. “We were inspired by the content of this group. Their exploration of the socio-political context of the built environment and their organization, which uses non-hierarchical and collaborative ways of working. Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative made space for feminist thought in architecture. We hope to follow their footsteps and make space in our community for ever-evolving feminist discourse.”

This year’s lecturers and panelist participants were selected for their leadership in the field and boundary-pushing work. “It was important to us that we select lecturers from both the profession and academia. We also wanted to ensure that the series represents a diverse set of work and ideas,” explained the WIASO leaders. “We hope attendees will be inspired by the work presented and continue to expand their frame of reference. We want to make space for new perspectives that are not conventionally highlighted in academia.”

A full listing of the lecture series events can be found below. For information about each specific event, visit the College of Design event calendar.


MAKE SPACE | Women in Architecture Lecture Series
September 23 – November 18, 2019
*1 AIA Learning Unit will be offered for each session marked with an asterisk.

Ana María León
Architect, Historian, and Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Monday, September 23
Rapson Hall, Room 100
4:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Advancing the Profession
Moderated by Professor Daniela Sandler
Friday, October 4
Rapson Hall, HGA Gallery
10:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Alternative Practice 
Moderated by Professor Jennifer Newsom
Friday, October 11
Rapson Hall, HGA Gallery
10:00 AM

Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA*
President, Encompass Architects, P.C.
Monday, October 21 (1 AIA LU, please register)
Rapson Hall, Room 100
4:30 PM

Yolande Daniels*
Founding Partner, studioSUMO
Monday, November 4 (1 AIA LU, please register)
Rapson Hall, Room 100
4:30 PM

Peggy Deamer*
Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Yale University
Principal, Deamer Studio
Monday, November 18 (1 AIA LU, please register)
Rapson Hall, Room 100
4:30 PM

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