Exhibition: Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender

Interview with Neva Hubbert, September 4, 2018.

On September 4, the newly formed Women in Architecture Student Organization (WIASO) at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design will unveil an exhibition titled Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender. It will be on display for several months and is open to the public in Rapson Hall on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus.

One of LHB’s architecture interns, Neva Hubbert, as one of the founding members of UMN WIASO, collaborated in producing the exhibition. Below is a short synopsis of what you can expect from the exhibit and why it is important to WIASO.

What inspired WIASO to create this exhibition?
We are interested in learning about female figures in the architectural profession and publicizing work of women in the field. During our initial kick-off event, we profiled several female architects, displayed statistics describing the lack of equity in the field, and shared architecture books written by women. We received feedback about the group’s goals and aspiration; Assistant Professor Daniela Sandler (Architecture) suggested we expand this idea into an exhibition showcasing female architects.

Pictured above is the WAISO kick-off event on March 26, 2018 in the HGA Gallery at Rapson Hall to celebrate the creation of the group. The content of the boards in the image include WIASO’s mission statement and statistics from various sources explaining the inequity in the architecture field.

Why do you think it is important for people to see this exhibition?
We want students, faculty, and professionals to acknowledge the contributions of female architects who have historically been dismissed, belittled, or denied credit for their work. Although a lot of progress has been made, women are underrepresented in the architectural field. This exhibition celebrates the contributions of contemporary and historic female architects by pairing global and local architects under a unifying theme. We’ve selected themes that have historically used masculine architectural nomenclature and transformed the theme terminology to symbolically and literally to make space for female identities in the field by inserting female pronouns.

As students of architecture, we are often presented with standards and precedents established and created by men. We hope this exhibition highlights some of the many women who should be studied and represented more fully in academia and the profession. We hope to aid in building a more diverse architecture profession to create a more equitable built environment.

To learn more about WIASO, visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WIASO/

Exhibition Acknowledgements:
The design and curation of this exhibition was a collaborative effort between WIASO organizers and architecture students: Neva Hubbert, Dana Saaria, Erin Kindell, Mary Begley, and Brittany Pool.
Assistant professor, Daniela Sandler, and architecture student, Ashleigh Grizzell, provided assistance with editing and exhibition development.
Support in the form of funding and display space was provided by the Goldstein Museum of Design.

When: 5:30pm – 7pm pm Wednesday September 19, 2018
Where: Rapson Hall, HGA Gallery
Description: There will be a joint opening reception celebrating WAISO’s “Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender” and Mary Guzowski’s “Art of Architectural Daylighting” on September 19, 2018. There will also be a book signing for Mary Guzowski’s new book which “Art of Architectural Daylighting” is based on. The Daylighting Exhibition presents twelve case studies in which Mary explores how contemporary architects have bridged the poetic and practical dimensions of daylighting design.

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