It’s no secret that architecture has historically been dominated by men, which has led many to question why more women aren’t participating in the profession — or are leaving it altogether. The gender inequality hasn’t been without recent controversy either, even touching one of the most prestigious architecture institutions.
However, a new project by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) aims to change the status quo and shed more light onto the significant contributions by women to the profession. Built By Women (BxW): New York City is a unique project that will share with the public a collection of selected works that will include 100 outstanding structures or environments in New York City that were designed by women.
According to BWAF Executive Director James T. Hanley:
Built by Women: New York City presents the Foundation with an exciting opportunity to focus public awareness on some of the finest projects designed by women in the City. These feats of engineering, landscape design and architecture will serve as a means to expand knowledge of the wide array of issues facing all practitioners in these fields. Our goal is to foster a deep appreciation of the built environment through the work of women who devote their careers to shaping our world.
An esteemed jury of building professionals, including architectural historians, advisers, and trustees of the BWAF will set the criteria for the selection of the works, which will be announced this summer. A database of information on the honorees, projects, photographs, maps and tours will also be made available for download to the public.