10 Architecture Studios Led by Women [VIII]

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Amale Andraos

Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Andraos is committed to design research and her writings have focused on climate change and its impact on architecture as well as on the question of representation in the age of global practice. Her recent publications include We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge (Monacelli Press, 2017), Architecture and Representation: the Arab City (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2015) co-edited with Nora Akawi, 49 Cities (Inventory Press, 2015), and Above the Pavement, the Farm! (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) in collaboration with Dan Wood.

Andraos is co-founder of WORKac, a New York-based firm that focuses on architectural projects that reinvent the relationship between urban and natural environments. WORKac was recently named the #1 design firm in the United States by Architect Magazine and has also been recognized as the AIA New York State Firm of the Year. WORKac has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Miami Museum Garage in Miami’s Design District, The Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem, a public library for Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, the Stealth Building in New York and a new student center for the Rhode Island School of Design. Current projects include a large-scale residential development in Lebanon, the Beirut Museum of Art in Lebanon, a new public library for North Boulder Colorado and new offices for a headquarter bank in Lima, Peru.

Andraos has taught at numerous institutions including the Princeton University, Harvard University, and the American University in Beirut. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture International Advisory Committee, and the New Museum’s New INC. Advisory Council, in New York.

Dan Wood-Amale Andraos. WORKac

WORKac is interested in positing architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural and the natural. They embrace reinvention and collaborate with other fields to rethink architecture ‘in the world.’ In the face of overwhelming challenges and increasingly normative scenarios, they remain stubborn in our commitment to imagine alternate scenarios for the future of cities. They appropriate the more productive aspects of the urban discourse – from density and compression, to appropriateness of scale, the expression of intelligent and shared infrastructures, and a more careful integration between architecture, landscape and ecological systems – to bear upon architecture as we find shared concerns across their global practice. They hold unshakable lightness and polemical optimism as a means to move beyond the projected and towards the possible, an ambition with which they approach every project.

Dan Wood, FAIA, LEED AP, leads international projects for WORKac ranging from masterplans to buildings across the United States as well as in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Wood holds the 2013-14 Louis I. Kahn Chair at the Yale School of Architecture and has taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, and the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design, where he was the Friedman Distinguished Chair. Wood is originally from Rhode Island and lived in Paris and in the Netherlands for many years before moving to New York in 2002. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and is LEED certified.

Amale Andraos is the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has taught at numerous institutions including the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School, and the American University in Beirut. Andraos is committed to research and publications. Her work has recently explored the question of representation by re-examining the concept of the ‘Arab City.’ Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the Advisory Board of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut and is a member of the faculty steering committee for the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

Carolines Bos

Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. In 1988 she co-founded the Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with the architect Ben van Berkel, extending her theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. In 1998 Caroline Bos co-founded UNStudio (United Net). She has taught as a guest lecturer at Princeton University, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos. UNSTUDIO

UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is a Dutch architectural design studio specialising in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects. The name, UNStudio, stands for United Network Studio referring to the collaborative nature of the practice.

Throughout 30 years of international project experience, UNStudio has continually expanded its capabilities through prolonged collaboration with an extended network of international consultants, partners, and advisors across the globe. This network, combined with the centrally located offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, enables UNStudio to work efficiently anywhere in the world. With already 120 built projects in Asia, Europe, and North America, the studio continues to expand its global presence with recent commissions in among others China, South-Korea, Qatar, Germany and the UK.

As a network practice, a highly flexible methodological approach has been developed which incorporates parametric designing and collaborations with leading specialists in other disciplines. The office has worked internationally since its inception and has produced a wide range of work ranging from public buildings, infrastructure, offices, residential, products, to urban masterplans.

Current projects include the design for Doha's Integrated Metro Network in Qatar, the mixed-use FOUR development in Frankfurt, the wasl Tower in Dubai and the Southbank by Beulah development in Melbourne. Pivotal realised projects include the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem Central Station, Raffles City Hangzhou in China, the Mobius House in the Netherlands and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. UNStudio has received many awards, the last ones being Red Dot Award product design (2013), Media Architecture Award (2012), National Steel Prize (2012) and 28th International Lighting Design Awards Collector’s Loft (2012).

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter is founded in 1999 by Dorte Mandrup. Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter engages in a wide variety of projects; cultural institutions, buildings for children and youth, sports facilities, schools, housing, master plans and office buildings, as well as renovation and alteration of Federally Listed historical buildings.

The visionary methods of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter are based on thorough analysis of every parameter involved in the brief.

On this foundation, new materials, constructions and variation of space, are investigated. The office seeks to combine the tactile and poetic experience of space with conceptual clarity and accuracy, in both large scale schemes and in detail.

Dorte Mandrup has been awarded numerous national and international awards. Among those: Bauwelt Prize, AR Award for Emerging Architecture – and the prestigious C.F. Hansen medal.

Eleena Jamil. Eleena Jamil Architect

Established in 2005 and based in Kuala Lumpur, Eleena Jamil Architect (EJA) has earned a reputation as one of Malaysia’s leading architectural practices. With its series of expanding portfolio, it successfully engages with the Asian city and its nuances to bring an accumulated richness of expression to the work produced. Projects by EJA office are informed by the desire to root them to place by way of exploring the experiential potential of form, material and construction and a concern for the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. As it continues to grow, EJA aspire to create more research-based, design-led architecture that is contemporary and rooted to its context, at all scales. 

Eleena Jamil trained at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in United Kingdom. After a short working stint, she joined the architecture faculty at Cardiff as a teaching assistant while completing her MPhil and PhD postgraduate research. Eleena set up her own architectural practice in Kuala Lumpur in 2005 and it has since been growing steadily with an expanding portfolio of work that has won international accolades. Working within the context of South-east Asia and beyond, her work has been founded on research into specific social and climatic imperatives of each brief within a broader cultural framework.

Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller, (Poland,1954), is a partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). Alongside partner Ricardo Scofidio, Diller’s cross-genre work has been distinguished with TIME’s "100 Most Influential People" list and the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture.

Elizabeth Diller has also received the Wolf Prize in Architecture. Most recently, she led two cultural works significant to New York: The Shed and the expansion of MoMA. Diller also co-created, -directed and -produced The Mile-Long Opera, an immersive choral work staged on the High Line. Diller is a member of the UN Council on Urban Initiatives and a Professor of Architectural Design at Princeton University.

Itsuko Hasegawa

Itsuko Hasegawa. Itsuko Hasegawa is an architect, born in Yaizu, Japan in 1941. He studied with the architect Kiyonori Kikutake and worked as a research assistant for Kazuo Shinohara. She was the first woman architect to create a public building. His career focused on the development of projects. She has won numerous prizes and contests both in Japan and abroad.

After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Kanto Gakuin University (1964), in 1969, Hasegawa began working as a graduate student in the laboratory of Kazuo Shinohara in the Department of Architecture of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After two years, he became his research assistant. In 1979 she established Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. Her projects include a variety of houses and public buildings. in Japan and abroad. Part of her work has a great social commitment, Itsuko Hasegawa has never seen architecture as a singular creative act and isolated by an individual - on the contrary, she is convinced that the construction must be a social event. 

Hasegawa earned acclaim when she won first prize in the open competition to design the Shonandai Cultural Centre in Fujisawa. She was then commissioned to do a large number of projects across Japan including the Sumida Culture Factory, the Yamanashi Museum of Fruit, and the Fukuroi Workshop Centre. In 1986 she received the Design Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan for her Bizan Hall project. Her residential projects also earned a Japan Cultural Design Award. She has also lectured at numerous universities and was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1992. In 1997 she was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, in 2000 she received the Japan Art Academy Award, in 2001 she received the Honorary Degree Award at University College London and in 2006 she was elected as one of the Honorary Fellows of the AIA. Also, in 2005 she received the Japanese Prime Minister's Award for her contribution to the achievement of a gender equality society. His work has been exhibited in London, Paris. Moscow, Rotterdam, Oslo and Berlin. Finally, in 2018 he received the Royal Academy Architecture Prize.

Mariam Kamara

Mariam Kamara obtained her Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. In 2013, she became a founding member of united4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in the U.S., Afghanistan and Niger. This led to her founding atelier masōmī in 2014, an architecture and research firm through which she tackles a wide variety of public, cultural, residential, commercial and urban design projects.

Her work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in thinking spaces that have the power to elevate, dignify, and provide a better quality of life. Through her practice, Mariam aims to discover innovative ways of doing so, while maintaining an intimate dialog between architecture, people, and context.

Norma Merrick Sklarek

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012) was the first African-American woman to be licensed as an architect in New York State and was chosen as the first African-American woman from the Institute of Research Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2008, she received the Whitney M. Young Jr Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which is given to those who have made positive changes in their profession. Her most famous works are Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport and the United States Embassy building in Tokyo.

Norma had special qualities for math and art. Her father encouraged her to study architecture and she managed to enter Columbia University, where her colleagues and her economic differences were notable. In 1950, Sklarek was the only African-American woman to graduate as an architect. With her title and fresh ideas, she was rejected by 19 companies that saw only one black woman. In 1959, she was the first African American woman to enter the American Institute of Architects.


Odile Decq set up her own office just after graduating at La Villette in 1978 while studying at Sciences Politiques Paris where she completed a post-graduate diploma in Urban Planning in 1979. International renown was not long in coming, as early as 1990 actually, with her first major commission: the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes.

Numerous prizes and publications distinguished her work. By questioning the commission, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, the architecture of ‘Odile Decq Benoît Cornette” offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe in today’s world. They were awarded a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996.

Alone since 1998, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. She just completed the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010 and the restaurant in Opera Garnier in Paris in 2011. In 2012, The FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) in Rennes and the GL Events headquarter in Lyon will be completed. In 2007, Odile Decq was elected General Director of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Since that, she shares her time between organizing the school in developing it to an international level.


Sofia von Ellrichshausen

Sofia von Ellrichshausen (1976) holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she was distinguished with the FADU- UBA Honors Diploma. Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo. They live and work in the southern Chilean city of Concepcion. They currently teach at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin and at Cornell University.

Among other venues, they have lectured at the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alvar Aalto Symposium and the GSD at Harvard University. In 2008 they were the curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize by the IIT, the Rice Design Alliance Prize, the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award and the Chilean Architecture Biennial Award.

Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen. Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo (b. Renaico, Chile, 1973) ) and Sofia von Ellrichshausen (b. Bariloche, Argentina, 1976). They live and work in southern Chile, on a farm at the foot of the Andes Mountains.

They are Professor of the Practice at AAP Cornell University in New York and have been Visiting Professors at the GSD Harvard University, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the University of Texas in Austin, the Porto Academy and the Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Their work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the MAXXI in Rome and as part of the Permanent Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  They have been invited to the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (2010, 2016), where they also were the curators for the Chilean Pavilion in 2008.

Among other venues, they have lectured at MIT, Princeton University, Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Architecture League of New York, the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Alvar Aalto Symposium and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize by the IIT, the Rice Design Alliance Prize, the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award and the Chilean Architecture Biennial Award.

The work of the studio has been widely published and edited in monographic issues of El Croquis, AV in Madrid, A+U in Tokyo, 2G in Barcelona and in the essay books Spatial Structure (B Architecture publisher) and Naïve Intention (Actar).

Mauricio Pezo (b. 1973) completed a Master in Architecture at the Universidad Catolica and a degree in Architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio. He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall.

Sofia von Ellrichshausen (b. 1976) holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she was distinguished with the FADU- UBA Honours Diploma. She was the president of the jury at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (2018).



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