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Collective Memory of Diverse Women Architects: Practice and Methods

May 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This panel will explore paths of motivating institutions, programs, and people to take action toward historical documentation practices.

About this Event

As we have been going through a global pandemic with deep-seated inequalities in architecture, inclusion in the field has become more urgent than ever before; in particular, for women architects from underrepresented groups such as minorities or immigrants. With deep concern about this situation’s historical roots, our online panel aims to motivate relevant institutions, programs, and people to take concrete actions toward historical documentation practice, methods, and policies that will be more inclusive of diverse women architects, rather than spotlighting the accomplishments of prominent individuals.

We look forward to a conversation informed by the deep expertise of our panelists and enlivened by dialogue across generations and disciplines. Our panel brings together two pioneering architecture historians with three archivists doing critical work in documenting the works and lives of women in architecture. We aim to open a fresh dialogue between architectural history and the field of the archive for the sake of building a collective and inclusive memory as well as for a future architecture world that empowers a sense of belonging and connections among current and future generations of diverse women architects, and their recognition by society.

With your help, this dialogue will continue even more broadly and deeply online after the event.


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Mary Norman Woods, Professor Emerita at Cornell University, Department of Architecture

Mary Norman Woods, Professor Emerita at Cornell, has written: Women Architects in India: Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi (2018/2016); Beyond the Architect’s Eye: Photographs of the American Built Environment (2013/2009); and From Craft to Profession: Practice of Architecture in 19th-Century America (1999). In 1991 she became the first woman tenured in Cornell’s Department of Architecture, where she was also the inaugural Michael McCarthy Chair of Architectural Theory. Current projects include: a documentary film about Indian single-screen cinemas with Vani Subramanian; an exhibition on Mumbai’s architecture of the night with Chirodeep Chaudhuri; and a book on postindustrial landscapes in India and the U.S.


Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP, was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, worked as an architect and an architectural historian, and taught at a number of schools in both the U.S. and Europe. The 5th edition of his book Modern Architecture: a Critical History was published in 2020 together with a Festschrift entitled Modern Architecture and the Life World. As the author of numerous books and essays on architecture, he is also the recipient of several awards, including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2018. (Photograph by Alex Fradkin)


Heather Isbell Schumacher, Archivist, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, Architectural Archives

Heather Isbell Schumacher is the Archivist of the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She oversees the stewardship of and access to more than 400 design-related collections. Heather received her master’s degree in public history from Temple University in 2010. Previously she served as Curator of Images at the Delaware Historical Society where she managed to photograph and audiovisual collections and produced collections-based content for a variety of regional media outlets. Heather believes that archives cannot and should not be neutral spaces, but rather tools for liberation.


Jessica Quagliaroli, Architecture Records Archivist at the Yale University Library, Manuscripts, and Archives

Jessica Quagliaroli is the Architecture Records Archivist at Yale University. She previously worked as an archivist at the Architect of the Capitol. Her current position focuses on the arrangement and description of architectural archival collections, outreach and special collections instruction to Yale School of Architecture faculty and students, and research and reference services to faculty, students, and researchers outside of the Yale community. She is an active member of the Design Records Section of the Society of American Archivists.


Maristella Casciato, the Senior Curator of the Architecture Collections at the Getty Research Institute in California.

Maristella Casciato (architect and architectural historian) is Senior Curator, Head of Architecture Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute (2016-to present). Former professor at the University of Bologna/Architecture, she has been Mellon Senior Fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal (2010) prior to being appointed Associate Director of Research at the same institute (2012-2015). In 1999 she activated the voices of a group of practicing architects, historians, journalists, and photographers founding “La Casa di Eva”, whose researches have been published in Controspazio. She has been a guest curator at the MAXXI Architettura (Rome) since the opening of the museum.


Meral Ekincioglu, Ph.D. , former visiting and research scholar at the MIT-HTC; Columbia University, GSAPP, Ph.D. Program; Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program.

Meral Ekincioglu is a scholar in postwar architecture history who conducted her advanced research project on women and gender with a focus on intersectional feminism and intertwined history of architecture at MIT. At Harvard and Columbia Universities, she studied theory, history of the architecture profession, and modernization of architectural design practice for her Ph.D. dissertation research, with an emphasis on the relationship between design architect and client in postwar Turkish architecture, and obtained her Ph.D. at Istanbul Technical University. She presented her academic studies at MIT, Harvard, SAH International Conference (2018), MESA Annual Meeting (2020), and SAA Research Forum-2020, among others.

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May 7, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Women Who Design


Virtual (Zoom)