“They [women architects] existed”, but with “strange destinies”: the motivations of the W@ARCH.PT project at Público P3

“They [women architects] existed”, but with “strange paths”. How do you (re)write feminine architecture in Portuguese history?
They started by discovering “the drawing” and struggled not to be treated by “architect ladies”*. The history of women in architecture is made up of conquests, attempts and “strange destinies”. And there are those who fight to stop being invisible. »

The research project W@ARCH.PT and the history of women architects in Portugal was published in the newspaper Público - P3.

Through the writing of journalist Andreia Friaças, to whom we thank for the interest and work, this investigation is made visible and launched a request for broader support: identify women architects or architecture students, who may be part of the project. We want to interview you and listen to you, ladies!

 


Thesis on the architect Maria José Marques da Silva, by Filipa Carvalho (darq-UC)

Yesterday, the student of the Master in Architecture of the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies of the University of Coimbra, Filipa Reis de Carvalho, presented the final dissertation entitled "Maria José Marques da Silva. A Pioneer Woman Architect in Portugal / Maria José Marques da Silva. Uma Arquiteta Pioneira em Portugal".

Under the guidance of the ProfessorNuno Pedroso Correia and the coguidance of the Professor Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, she developed a pertinent investigation about the Portuguese architect Maria José Marques da Silva (1914-1994).

Many congratulations to Filipa Carvalho for her successful research and for her contribution to the writing of the History of Women in Architecture!


Library: new books available for consultation

One of the objectives of the research project W@ARCH.PT is the creation of a library specialized in studies on women and feminist and gender studies in architecture and urbanism. New reference works have arrived! If you need any information or request for consultation, you can contact us directly.

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Doris Cole (1973), "From Tipi to Skyscraper: A History of Women in Architecture" and Susana Torre (1977), "Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective" (Publication and Exhibition Organized by the Architectural League of New York).


Publication on women in architecture in Portugal and Spain in the 1970s-1980s

The research project embraced a new challenge. With co-organization of Patrícia Santos Pedrosa (W@ARCH.PT, Lisbon) and Lucía C. Pérez Moreno (MuWo, Zaragoza), a special issue of the Swiss scientific journal Arts was structured, called "Becoming a Gender Equity Democracy: Women and Architecture Practice in Spain and Portugal (1960s–1980s)". Also in this issue and in co-authorship, the researchers published the article "Women Architects on the Road to an Egalitarian Profession—The Portuguese and Spanish Cases": a comparative study on Portugal and Spain, with data on the context of women architects in both countries.


Gender Matters: first publication in the scientific journal The Plan Journal

Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, coordinator of the research project W@ARCH.PT, published a reflection on the initial phase of the research in the volume "Gender Matters" of the international scientific journal The Plan Journal. Subjected to a peer-review process, the article The W@ARCH.PT as an Ongoing Feminist Research Project in Architecture: Contextualizing Initial Reflections" presented the initial questions and considerations about the history of women architects in Portugal and the strategies of feminist historiography.