10 Architecture Studios Led by women [IX]

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Cazú Zegers. Estudio Cazú Zegers

Cazú Zegers proposes a different angle of approach towards architecture, in an expressive search, intimately related to Chile, its territory, landscape, and traditions. From here arises a task "in progress" that involves a poetic reflection on the way we inhabit the territory.

The thesis that inspires his work is "living light and precarious", referring to a low-tech architecture but with a high experiential impact; understanding that the greatest value of Chile and Latin America is in his territory. He develops an architecture that does not seek to impose itself but to be a kind addition to Nature.

Latin America has something to say to the world, it is a way of doing and thinking with what is at hand, it is a low-tech stance that learns from local processes and their ancestral techniques, which allows living almost without leave a mark on the territory.

This same form of approach to the architectural problem and the question about Chile, led her to found in 2006 together with Miguel Laborde and a group of collaborators the Foundation and Center for Geopoetic Studies, "El Observatorio de Lastarria", a place to look at Chile. A large number of reflections on Chile and its Country identity were developed. The last management of the Lastarria Observatory was the last Act of Commemoration of the Bicentennial of Chile with the Poetic Act and support to receive the Bells of the Church of La Compañía de Jesus. These were donated by the people of Wales to the people of Chile as an act of solidarity for the earthquake and today they are located in the gardens of the Congress of Santiago. In 2014 Cazú Zegers re-founded the Observatory as Fundación + 1000, after giving a talk in Paris in the context of the annual meeting of the Institut de Geopetic Internacional, founded by Keneth White. The foundation belongs to this Institute since 2011, focusing on the virtual space through texts and weekly publications by Miguel Laborde.

Christine Lam

Christine Lam joined Aedas in 1998 and become a Global Design Principal in 2016.  Christine is a talented design architect with 18 years of design experience. She has worked upon a wide spectrum of building types and completed a number of high-profile developments across PRC and Asia.

Christine's design expertise in retail and mixed-use design. She was the Lead Architect for the retail re-planning and design of The Landmark Redevelopment for Hongkong Land and Lee Gardens 2 Renovation for Hysan. As a Design Director, she completed the 250,000sq.m Center 66 in Wuxi for Hang Lung.  Christine was then commissioned by Hang Lung to complete the 220,000sq.m, 6 storey retail mall Olympia 66 in Dalian. She is now completing Heartland 66, a 460,000 sq m mixed-use development in Wuhan for the same client.

Christine received an honourable mention for her West Kowloon Reclamation Concept Plan Competition out of 161 open entries. Her design works have also won commendations from MIPIM ASIA, CITYSCAPE, APPA, IPA as well as HKIA, and her talented contribution to architecture has won her a 40 under 40 Award.  Christine’s design ability is highly recognised by the Client and always exceeds their expectations.

Christine is also a regular speaker at major international and local conferences on the new trends in retail and mixed commercial developments.

Cini Boeri

Cini Boeri. (Milan, 1924 - September 9 2020). Graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1951, after a short internship in Giò Ponti's studio, she began a long collaboration with Marco Zanuso. She began her professional activity in 1963, dealing with civil architecture and industrial design.

She has designed single-family homes, apartments, museum installations, offices, shops in Italy and abroad, dedicating great attention to the study of the functionality of space and the psychological relationships between man and the environment. In the field of industrial design she has been particularly involved in the design of elements for furniture and building components. Several of his creations are present in museums and international exhibitions.

She has held conferences and lectures at various universities and institutions in Italy and abroad, in Berkeley, Barcelona, ​​at the Nucleo del Deseno Industrial in Sao Paulo, at the College of Architects in Rio de Janeiro, at the Cranbrook School in Detroit, at the Southern California Institute. of Architecture by Vico Marcote (CH), at the Pacific Design Center and UCLA in Los Angeles, at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, University of Italian Switzerland.

In the years '81 -'83 she carried out courses in "architectural design" and "industrial design and furniture" at the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano. Member of the Board of Directors of the XVI Triennale di Milano. She participated in numerous juries of international competitions and received numerous international awards. Appointed ADI Honorary Member, 2012.

Selected bibliography:
Cini Boeri, Le dimensioni umane dell'abitazione, Franco Angeli, Milan 1980.
Saggio, La dimensione del domestico, in, M. Bertoldini (a cura di), La casa tra tecniche e sogno, Franco Angeli, Milan 1988.
Saggio, Progettista e committente, in Struttura e percorsi dell'atto progettuale, Città Studi ed., Milan 1991.
Cecilia Avogadro (a cura di), Cini Boeri, architetto e designer, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2004.

Jennifer Newsom

Jennifer Newsom received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and her Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she also received the Fermin Ennis Memorial Fellowship and the Anne C.K. Garland award for academic achievement. While at Yale, she organized the two-day symposium Black Boxes: Enigmas of Space and Race held at Yale School of Architecture.

Recently appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, she teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios. She is also a past instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, a youth empowerment and apprenticeship program in North Minneapolis.

Jennifer's research probes the conceptual space between real bodies made of flesh, steel, concrete, glass, etc, and the recognition of these bodies through images. Using race as a provocative impetus for her work, she is concerned with surface perceptions and the structures that support those readings. She has worked with firms as diverse as Adjaye Associates, Deborah Berke Partners, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Cooper Robertson.

Her writing has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of African and African-American Experience.

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers. Dream The Combine

Dream The Combine is the creative practice of artists and architects Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, based in Minneapolis, MN. Working with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, Dream The Combine investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and
manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space.
Jennifer Newsom received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and her Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she also received the Fermin Ennis Memorial Fellowship and the Anne C.K. Garland award for academic achievement. While at Yale, she organized the two-day symposium Black Boxes: Enigmas of Space and Race held at Yale School of Architecture. Recently appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, she teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios. Using race as a provocative impetus for her work, she is concerned with surface perceptions and the structures that support those readings. She has worked with firms as diverse as Adjaye Associates, Deborah Berke Partners, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Cooper Robertson. Her writing has been featured in Metropolis magazine and Africana: The Encyclopedia of African and African - American Experience.

Tom Carruthers received his Bachelor of Arts in drawing and sculpture from Brown University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. His early work consists of site- specific sculptures that explore landscape as metaphor and image as space. For four years, he was lead assistant for artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, helping with the construction of over 20 large scale sculptural works. As a licensed architect, he worked alongside the late Charles Gwathmey and at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, developing early concept proposals with formal strategies that integrate context, complex geometry, and material construction. In addition to his creative practice, Tom is co-owner of Jacobsson Carruthers, a metal fabrication shop in Minneapolis.

Juana Sánchez Gómez

Juana Sánchez comes from Baza, a city in the province of Granada, Spain. From her youth, she was attracted to art, a hobby that took her years later to begin her studies in architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Granada. She completes her studies at the Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur of the Technical University of Berlin.

She begins her independent activity after collaborating with several Granada studios, founding her together with Diego Jiménez López, with whom she had coincided during her student years. Together they founded the architecture office DJ arquitectura, in the Granada city of Motril.

Juana Sánchez is linked to teaching, teaching at the Escuela Técnica Superiore de Arquitectura in Malaga in the area of ​​Urban Planning and Spatial Planning, relating this matter to her professional work and the subject of her doctoral thesis. Juana is a master's teacher, has been invited as a speaker at various national and international architecture schools, and has been part of the jury in competitions such as Europan.

Juana Sánchez, Diego Jiménez. DJarquitectura

DJarquitectura began in 2001 and is formed by the Architects Juana Sánchez and Diego Jiménez, the office is located on the coast of Granada and from there they develop their work individually or in association. DJarquitectura maintains a commitment to research and teaching, both are professors at the eAM´.

Kimberly Dowdell

Kimberly Dowdell collaborates with other members of the leadership team in HOK’s Chicago studio on strategic business development and marketing initiatives. In addition to cultivating and maintaining relationships with clients and partners, she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and a mentor to HOK’s emerging leaders.

In 2021, Kimberly joined the board of directors of the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She also joined the board of the Chicago Area Central Committee (CCAC), which works to shape the city’s growth, equity and quality of place. She has been a board member of Ingenuity Chicago, which increases arts education access, equity and quality, since 2019.

Kimberly is the immediate past president (2019-2020) of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a 2020 AIA Young Architects Award recipient. She was recognized for her activism efforts by Architectural Record’s 2020 Women in Architecture Awards program.

Kimberly is a member of the Urban Land Institute. She initiated the concept behind Social Economic Environmental Design, an organization that she cofounded in 2005, and was a “40 Under 40” honoree in both Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s Detroit Business. In 2019, Kimberly delivered the 19th Annual Dunlop Lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Lucía Cano

Lucía Cano is a Spanish architect, founder of the Madrid office Selgascano, whose work stands out mainly for its polychromy, the search for new materials, and the relationship between the landscape and its architecture.

Lucía herself obtained her architecture degree in 1992 at the Madrid Higher Technical School of Architecture, beginning her professional career at the Cano Lasso Studio, collaborating on works such as the ‘Sace’ Laboratories on the Murcia university campus. In 2003 she founded the Selgascano studio together with the architect José García Selgas, achieving international recognition with the projects carried out.n

Throughout their career, they have received international recognition such as the Kunstpreis prize awarded in 2013 by the Berlin Academy of Arts, or the declaration as "Architects of the Year" by the German Council of Design in Munich in the same year.

Arquitectos. SelgasCano

SelgasCano is a Madrid-based practice leads by Jose Selgas (Madrid, 1965) and Lucia Cano (Madrid, 1965). José Selgas. Graduated Architect from ETSA Madrid 1992. Worked with Francesco Venecia on Naples in 1994-95. Rome Prize on the Spain Academy of Fine Arts in Rome 1997-98. Lucía Cano. Graduated Architect from ETSA Madrid 1992. Worked with Julio Cano Lasso until 1996. Member of Cano Lasso Studio since 1997 until 2003.

 1st Prize on Compettion of Alternative on Social Housing, Madrid, 1993. 
1st Prize on Compettion. 67 Social Dwellings in Las Rosas, Madrid, 1996. 
1st Prize on Compettion, Congress Center and Auditorium, Badajoz, 1999-2006. 
1st Prize on Compettion, Auditorium and Congress Center, Cartagena, 2001-2011. 1st Prize on Compettion, Congress Center and Auditorium, Plasencia, 2005 (on construction)
. Prize VII BIAU Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, 2010. Prize AD Architectural Digest 2011. Selected Mies Van Der Rohe Award, 2011. Madrid City Architecture Award, 2002 + 2007. Madrid Region Architecture Award, 2003. 2nd Prize on Compettion, Madrid Main Court. Madrid, 2008.

Exhibitions: Exhibition at MoMA New York: On-Site: New Architecture in Spain, 2006. Biennale di Venezia, 2006. Shortlisted Saloni Prize 2007 - 2009. Shortlisted IX Spanish Architecture Biennial Exhibition, 2007. Exhibition GA International, 2008-2009-2010 (GA Gallery), Tokyo 2008-2009-2010. Exhibition Guggenheim New York, Contenplating The Void, 2010. Biennale di Venezia, 2010: People meet in Architecture International Pavillion + What architects desire, German Pavillion. Tokyo Art Meeting (II). A new relationship between architecture, art and people, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011.

In 2012 the architects exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, as part of SPAINLab. In 2013 they won the Kunstpreis (Art prize) awarded by the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin and were pronounced 'Architects of the Year' by the German Design Council in Munich.


Momoyo Kaijima

Momoyo Kaijima (b.1961, Tokyo) graduated from the Faculty of Domestic Science at Japan Women’s University in 1991. She founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. In 1994 she received her post-graduate degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During 1996-1997 she was a guest student with scholarship from Switzerland at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ).

In 2000 she completed her post-graduate program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She served as an assistant professor at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba during 2000-2009, and continued to teach there as an associate professor. In 2012 she received the RIBA International Fellowship.

From 2017 she has been serving as a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ. Taught as a visiting professor at the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD (2003, 2016), guest professor at ETHZ (2005-07), as well as at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2011-12), Rice University (2014 -15), Delft University of Technology (2015 -16), and Columbia University (2017). While engaging in design projects for houses, public buildings and station plazas, she has conducted numerous investigations of the city through architecture such as Made in Tokyo and Pet Architecture.


Atelier Bow-Wow was established in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in Tokyo. Best known for its projects in dense urban environments, the firm has developed its practice based on a profound study of existing cultural, economic, and environmental conditions—a study that led it to propose the term “pet architecture” for the multitude of odd, and functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo. Atelier Bow-Wow has also acquired an enthusiastic following through its Micro Public Space projects, as well as innovative projects for exhibitions such as the 2010 Venice Biennale (as an official representative of Japan) and the São Paulo Bienal, and at venues such as the Hayward Gallery in London, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, The Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles, the Japan Society in New York, and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich in Linz, Austria.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
1965         Born in Kanagawa, Japan
1987         Graduate from Tokyo Institute of Technology
1987-88    Guest Student of L'ecole d'architecture, Paris, Bellville (U.P.8)
1994         Graduate from Post-graduate school of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dr.Eng.
2000-        Associate Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology
2003, 2007       Visiting Faculty of Harvard GSD
2007, 2008       Visiting Associate Professor of UCLA

Momoyo Kaijima
1969         Born in Tokyo, Japan
1991         Graduate from Japan Women's University
1994         Graduate from Graduate school of Tokyo Institute of Technology, M.Eng.
1996-97    Guest student of E.T.H
1999         Graduate from Post-graduate school of Tokyo Institute of Technology
2000-        Assistant professor of University of Tsukuba
2003         Visiting Faculty of Harvard GSD
2005-07      ETHZ Guest Professor
2009-         Associate professor of University of Tsukuba

Sook Hee Chun

Sook Hee Chun received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Ewha Woman's University in Korea.

She worked at Iroje Architects and Planners, Seoul, Korea, and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, New York.

After establishing WISE Architecture with Young Cheol Jang in 2008, the two completed several small but significant projects that focus on the materiality of everyday life in Seoul.

They have also participated in many cross-architecture activities such as planning and executing the 'Hong Ti public art project' in Busan in collaboration with other artists.

Recently completed "Dialogue in the Dark" Bukchon, Seoul. They won the Seoul City Architecture Award with the "Women's War and Human Rights Museum" in 2012 and 2011 the 4th Korea Young Architects Awards.

Yasmeen Lari

Yasmeen Lari. Born in Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan, Yasmeen Lari spent some years in Lahore before moving to London with her family at the age of 15. She studied at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, graduating in 1964 and moving back to Pakistan to open her practice in Karachi. She designed the Anguri Bagh housing project in Lahore in 1973 and Lines Area Resettlement in 1980, a complex of self-built, incremental housing for the residents of the largest informal settlement spread over more than 200 acres in Karachi.

Lari made her name in the 1980s with landmark buildings in Karachi, including the Finance and Trade Centre (1983-89), developed in consultation with the Canadian architect Eva Vecsei, and Pakistan State Oil House (1985-91). She formally retired in 2000, becoming UNESCO’s national adviser for World Heritage Lahore Fort in 2003, but when an earthquake hit the Northern Areas of Pakistan in 2005, Lari turned to strategies of rehabilitation, instituting self-financing models that helped survivors rebuild without government assistance.

Lari started working in bamboo in 2007, providing community kitchens to refugees of the conflict in Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, continuing in 2010 when floods hit the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces, to build community centres on stilts that allowed flood waters to flow underneath. ‘Barefoot architecture’ – architecture that treads lightly upon the planet – is the basis of this work, aiming to provide environmentally sustainable and participative solutions to lift up marginalised communities.



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