Thesis on women architects and architectural events in Portugal, by Ana Duarte (Deca-UBI)

The student of the Integrated Master in Architecture of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Beira Interior, Ana Filipa Casteleira Duarte, presented today the graduation thesis entitled “(in)Visibilities of Women Architects. Architecture events in Portugal, 2010-2019“.

Under the guidance of Professor Doutoura Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Ana Duarte studied the presence and absence of architects and architects at architectural events in Portugal. The comparative research of two case studies – Garagem Sul do Centro Cultural de Belém and Casa da Arquitectura, between 2010 and 2019 – resulted in data systematization and an exhaustive mapping of architectural events and respective participants differentiated by gender.

Congratulations to Ana Duarte for the research and for her contribution to the writing of the History of Women in Architecture!

Online class at Taller de Arquitectura Feminista

The W@ARCH.PT research project coordinator, Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, today she taught an online class at Taller de Arquitectura Feminista (Feminist Architecture Workshop), invited by Plataforma LINA and Carolina Quiroga, from Argentina.
Thanks for the invitation and for the moment to share knowledge!

The beginning of the research project on Danish women architects

It was with great pleasure that we attended the inaugural seminar of the research project Women in Danish Architecture 1925-1975 – A new history of gender and practice. The event had the participation of international partners as Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture - UCL, London), Meike Schalk (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) and
Despina Stratigakos (University at Buffalo, USA).
We wish much success for the research!

Susana Torre about "Feminism and Architecture" at FAU-USP

Today we listen the lecture of the architect, academic and critic Susana Torre about "Feminism and Architecture". Susana Torre, a pioneer in the feminist approach to architecture, started the conference with the framework of the "Women in American Architecture: a Historic and Contemporary Perspective" exhibition and book, organized by her in 1977 at the Brooklyn Museummas. Today she presented a retrospective of the past four decades, from this event to the present.
The video is available at the link:
It was an immense pleasure to hear it, with such clarity and enthusiasm!
We thank and congratulate the organization of the event by FAU-USP.

Lecture on Historiographies and Strategies at UFBA, Brazil

On September 23, 2020, the IR of the research project W@ARCH.PT, Patricia Santos Pedrosa, taught a virtual class at the Faculty of Architecture of the Federal University of Bahia, entitled "Historiographies, Critical Views and Strategies: Reflections from a Situated Investigation". The session was shared with professor Silvana Rubino (UNICAMP), at the invitation of Ana Carolina de Souza Bierrenbach, José Carlos Huapaya Espinoza and Juliana Cardoso Nery, coordinators of the discipline “Historiography and Criticism of Modern Architecture” of the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism.


Vídeo of the Summer School "Cities and Gender"

Between September 18th and 20th, 2019, in Lisbon, the Summer School “Cities and Gender: Perspectives and Strategies” allowed us to talk, walk and discuss, collectively, about Cities and Gender. The three intense days were accompanied by national and international experts and an enthusiastic group of participants!
The final vídeo summarizes a little of what happened and what we were!
We thank all the people and institutions involved.

Organization | Mulheres na Arquitectura, W@ARCH.PT and Um Género de Escola! (MA, BIP/ZIP)
Funding | CIG – Portuguese Government Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology and Programa BIP/ZIP Lisboa
Support | Lisbon City Council, CIUL - Lisbon Urban Information Center and CIEG – Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies (ISCSP-ULisboa)
Direction and Prodution of the vídeo | José Nuno Pereira and María Contreras

Portuguese women architects in Wikipedia! Curatorial session #1

Women have been active participants in the diverse professional practices of architecture throughout the ages. But this participation is revealed neither in the historical production nor in the real and symbolic image of the profession. Several mechanisms have contributed to their invisibility and marginalization. Retrieving stories and making biographies visible is a matter of historical justice. If, on the one hand, one of the areas of action of the Women in Architecture association is the promotion of equity and representativeness - of gender and others - in the professions linked to space production, on the other hand, the research project W@ARCH.PT has researched and studied the histories and contributions of women linked to architecture and women architects in Portugal, between 1942 and 1986. The common objective is the dissemination of biographies of these women as a way to expand both the history of architecture in Portugal and the diversity of professional practices in this area. A quick search demonstrates the general lack of Portuguese architects of the Wikipedia. Aware of the importance of existing in this global virtual encyclopedia, often the first source of information, we promoted the collective creation of entries about them, which were and are part of these disciplinary areas.

It was with immense taste and sense of responsibility that we inaugurated the Wiki Editoras Lx group's curatorial sessions (bi-monthly collaboration). The theme was "Women Architects in Portugal". The curatorship was in charge of the architects Ana Bragança, Lia Antunes and Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, associated with the research project W@ARCH.PT: Women Architects in Portugal: building visibility, 1942-1986 (CIEG - ISCSP-ULisbon) and the MA - Mulheres na Arquitectura association (Women in Architecture association).

This moment of collaboration resulted in the creation of Wikipedia entries of the women architects Maria José Estanco, Olga Quintanilha, Ana Tostões and Inês Lobo and the landscape architect Teresa Andresen.
It was an exciting event, with many new participations and collective creations.

* Image of Wiki Editoras Lx group.

Editing Wikipedia pages with Wiki Editoras Lx | sessions 3 and 4

In the 3rd and 4th work sessions - April 13th and 27th, 2020 - with the group Wiki Editoras Lx, we continue the bimonthly meetings, now in an online format. Collectively, we create and edit Wikipedia pages with biographies of women and non-binary people, focusing on Portuguese-speaking countries.

Because who is not mentioned, does not exist!

*Image-logo of the group Wiki Editoras Lx

Editing Wikipedia pages with Wiki Editoras Lx | session 2

Early in physical confinement due to the covid-19 pandemic, we joined the group Wiki Editoras Lx. In this 2nd session, we continue the bimonthly meetings, now in online format. CCollectively we create and edit Wikipedia pages with biographies of women and non-binary people  – residuals in this global encyclopedia. And there are always new entries in each session!

Because who is not mentioned, does not exist!

*Image by Wiki Editoras Lx

Release of the official website of the W@ARCH.PT project

Designing, thinking and creating the website of the W@ARCH.PT project was a very interesting and motivating job! On March 18, 2020, the opening was celebrated with a party at a distance and in an online format, bringing together part of the research team and friends of the project. It was a beautiful moment!

We thank the presence of those who accompanied us, the incredible work of the designer Margarida Ornelas and the support of the consultant José Nuno Pereira!