Celebrating women in architecture

To celebrate women in architecture we went to the Watershed in Bristol to see a collection of talks by successful female architects and an exclusive screening of the critically acclaimed Citizen Jane:  Battle for the City.  The event was organised by the RIBA to mark International Women’s Day as part of a series of debates, events and film screenings across the UK. 

The session began with a screening of the film Citizen Jane, Battle for the City, a documentary about Jane Jacobs who was a New York journalist and activist in the 60s and her fight to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from making dramatic changes to the fabric of the city.

The evening followed with three talks from Architects:  Yuli Cadney-Toh (BDP), Una Breathnach-Hifearnain (Purcell), and Alice Hardy (Jan Kattein), who expressed their passion for choosing architecture as a profession. They each gave interesting perspectives on what drives their work and examples of their favourite projects.

We felt inspired and encouraged to work in the architecture industry and thank the RIBA for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  

International Women’s Day is a perfect opportunity to open up a conversation in which we can discuss, reflect and learn from others to make sure that we are empowered to ask questions that may contribute to change in order to provide a better future for everyone in our profession, regardless of gender or background.

Sinead Donnelly, SRA Architect