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Female Architects Rising in Prominence

LOS ANGELES, January 19, 2010 -- Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times uses the opening of the Aqua skyscraper in Chicago to take measure of how female architects are faring these days—and includes the names of a number of prominent women with ties to SCI-Arc.

Aqua Tower in Chicago

Aqua, an 82-story hotel and residential tower designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, is the tallest building in the world by a female-led architecture firm.

Hawthorne cites the achievements of a number of other women architects rising to national prominence, including more than half a dozen who have taught at SCI-Arc or are alumni:

    Many of the top architecture schools in the country are now overseen by female deans, including Jennifer Wolch at UC Berkeley and Monica Ponce de Leon at the University of Michigan. This month, Sarah Whiting, formerly at Princeton, became the dean at Rice University's School of Architecture. . . . The list of women at the top of prominent firms with impressive track records of built work grows longer by the year. It includes Elizabeth Diller, Kazuyo Sejima, Annabelle Selldorf, Winka Dubbeldam, Marsha Maytum, Billie Tsien, Carol Ross Barney and Marion Weiss, to name just a few. In Southern California the list is headed by Barbara Bestor, Jennifer Luce, Brenda Levin, Julie Eizenberg, Elizabeth Moule, Sharon Johnston and Jennifer Siegal.

Ponce de Leon, Whiting, Tsien, Eizenberg and Johnston have taught at SCI-Arc; Bestor and Siegal are alumni. On Feb. 24, Ponce de Leon will be a guest lecturer at SCI-Arc.

For the full article by Hawthorne, click HERE