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Women in Architecture

Six-week evening course

A sepia photograph of a group of six members of Matrix

Discover the critical role women have played in the development of modern architecture in this six-week in-person evening course.

The course provides an engaging introduction to the history of female architects, exploring their careers and just some of their iconic and groundbreaking buildings.

Learn about the women who first joined the profession, the obstacles they faced and continue to face to this day, and how they have shaped our environments. Throughout the six weeks, the course will look at architects such as Lilly Reich, Charlotte Perriand, Anne Tyng, Cini Boeri, Gae Alunti, Lin Huiyin, Minnette de Silva, Anne Lacaton, Jeanne Gang and the work of MATRIX Design Cooperative and Muf.

This course is open to everyone, from architecture enthusiasts to those just starting out on their architecture journey.

The course will take place in person at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday evenings 7 - 9pm on 5, 12, 19, 26 October and 2, 9 November 2021.

There are a few places left. Please contact [email protected] for more information

Course information


Participants must be aged 18+ and have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

Who is the course for?

•    Anyone interested in architecture or design and looking to gain more knowledge in those fields. 
•    No prior knowledge or training in architecture or design is necessary, those new to the subject are encouraged to join. 

What can I expect to learn?

•    Gain an understanding of the key role women have had in shaping our environment through architecture from the mid to late 20th century 
•    Become familiar with a number of influential buildings designed by female architects
•    Learn about the contemporary scene and a number of emerging female practitioners
•    Examine the role of architecture as a profession
•    Locate different architectural narratives in different parts of the world
•    Understand how architecture can be thought of in an expanded way beyond the design of buildings  
•    Understand the challenges women face as architects and the counter movements that have emerged  

Themes such as collaboration, resistance and power will frame the sessions, demonstrating the multiple ways in which women have contributed to design

About the Course Tutor

The course has been developed and is led by Dr Jane Hall.

Dr Jane Hall is the inaugural recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and founding member of the London architecture collective Assemble, who won the Turner Prize in 2015.

After studying architecture at Cambridge University, Jane completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art (2018), where her research looked at the legacy of modernist architects working in both Brazil and the UK. Her particular focus is on interdisciplinary practice between artists and architects, and the emergence of alternative models for architectural design.

Jane is the author of books Breaking Ground, Architecture by Women (Phaidon, 2019) and the forthcoming title Woman Made (Phaidon, 2021).

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