"Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture" is a series of one-on-one video interviews conducted by Harvard GSD graduate Caroline James with architects Caroline Bos, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff, and Benedetta Tagliabue.
The inspiration for this project emerged from the Petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee to recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize. Launched in March 2013 by Women in Design, a student group at the Harvard GSD, the Petition evolved to become a far wider advocacy campaign for equal recognition in design professions. Subsequent conversations with Denise Scott Brown and individuals around the world articulated the need to examine the concepts of recognition, inclusion and joint creativity in design.
Advocacy towards an inclusive profession is increasingly active in schools. At Harvard GSD, Women in Design continues full-steam ahead, growing to over 50 active members, and connecting with student groups in architecture schools globally. The Architectural Association London is celebrating AA XX 100 -- the centenary of women at the AA, with celebrations ramping up in 2016.
Awards to recognize women in architecture, have been sprouting up worldwide. In 2011, the AJ Women in Architecture Awards were launched in order "to raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination." In 2013, Italcementi Group announced the formation of the arcVision Prize – an international architecture award for female designers. Architectural Record handed out the first annual Women in Architecture Awards on Friday October 10, 2014 in New York. The impassioned award ceremony included remarks by Ivenue Love-Stanley, who was the first African-American woman to be registered as a licensed architect in the Southern United States. Love-Stanley noted, "I cannot think of a profession better positioned for social change."
Voices from Venice participates in the discussion towards shaping a profession that is inclusive, equal, and values joint creativity, courage, and social engagement.
Filmed on location in Venice from June 6-8, 2014, during the opening days of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at venues including:
Thank you to these practitioners who shared their perspectives with us:
Thank you to Denise Scott Brown and Arielle Assouline-Lichten, for helping to frame the discussion about the importance of recognition, collaboration, and joint creativity.
Co-Creators: Louise Braverman + Caroline James
Videographer: Steven Glickel
Video Editing: Medha Singh