Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

This event is presented in partnership with Women In Architecture. 

For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? Where Are the Women Architects? tells the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

Despina Stratigakos is University at Buffalo’s Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning. Her books explore the intersections of power and architecture. Where Are the Women Architects? (2016) confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. Hitler at Home (2015) investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (2008), which traces the history of a forgotten female metropolis, won the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize and the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize.

Stratigakos has published widely on issues of diversity in architecture. In 2007 she curated an exhibition on Architect Barbie at the University of Michigan to focus attention on gendered stereotypes within the architectural profession. In 2011, she collaborated with Mattel on the development and launch of Architect Barbie in the Barbie I Can Be series. 

Stratigakos has served as a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, a Trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. She also participated on Buffalo’s municipal Diversity in Architecture taskforce and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. In 2016-17, Stratigakos was a member in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Where Are the Women Architects? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691170138
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Princeton University Press - April 12th, 2016