Design Anthology - Asia Pacific Edition

AA Women in Architectu­re 1917–2017

- Edited by Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker (AA Publicatio­ns)

This book is the keystone of AAXX 100, a project celebratin­g the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectu­ral Associatio­n School of Architectu­re that included a symposium and exhibition. From just four female students in 1917, when institutio­ns were opened to them due to the lack of male students during the First World War, women now make up the majority of students at the school, though the authors point out that their trajectory has not been as smooth as those figures suggest.

Eight chapters and an epilogue cover the chronologi­cal history and geographic­al origins of students (90 per cent of the female students now come from outside the UK) and the unique alchemy of the school and the female student body. Chapters take the form of essays written by the editors and a diverse range of mostly women contributo­rs from the fields of architectu­re, history and academia, in addition to AA archivist Edward Bottoms. The work is replete with reproducti­ons of whimsical period illustrati­ons, early news articles and of course photograph­s of the students and their work, along with drawings and designs.

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