Raising the Roof – Women Architects Who Broke Through the Glass Ceiling by Agata Toromanoff (Prestel 2021) profiles 50 remarkable female practitioners.
Historically, women architects were disappointingly absent in the news and at awards ceremonies, but now they are spearheading some of the most exciting and important projects in every corner of the globe. These profiles of fifty female architects bring to light some of those projects and highlight pioneering women architects.
It is difficult to believe that when Zaha Hadid won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, it was actually the fist time in the award’s 25-year history that a woman had won (…) The situation is evolving gradually, however, and to foster the change, the discourse must be altered as well. it is time to consider the history of architecture as a discipline created by both genders, without constantly emphasising the gaps, which are visibly decreasing (…) Gender may affect an architect’s approach or way of working but surely should not be a criterion to discuss the style. it is also not a ‘special mention’ but an insight into architect’s unique visions, which contribute to the fascinating complexity of architecture. My goal is to celebrate the great buildings that create our landscapes and bring innovation into the way we live today all around the globe.
– Agata Toromanoff in Introduction to Raising the Roof – Women Architects Who Broke Through the Glass Ceiling (Prestel 2021)
Each architect is introduced in double-page spreads that include a brief biography, an overview of her philosophy and vision, and stunning photographs of her most significant works. Interviews with several of the architects provide a global perspective on how women are changing the face of the world—including feminist icon, philanthropist, and Nigerian “starchitect” Olajumoke Adenowo; Tatiana Bilbao, who is leading the way in sustainable Mexican architecture; Rossana Hu, who is fighting to preserve Chinese village culture in her rapidly urbanizing country; and Elizabeth Diller, who created the High Line, one of New York City’s most beloved public spaces, and helped redesign the city’s Museum of Modern Art.
This volume offers indisputable and inspiring evidence that the architectural profession is no longer just a man’s game.