Saturday, September 19, 2009

Women in Design

While there are many noteworthy women in design, as in most areas of life, they are not given equal treatment. Although half the students in architecture schools are women, only about 13% of working architects are women.

The list of influential women in design is long and contains people like architect Denise Scott Brown (left), Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid (right), graphic designer April Greiman, theatre designer Julie Taymor, design curator Ellen Lupton, design writer Chee Perlman, museum design curator Paola Antonelli and many others.

Teachers need to take special care to insure that women are included in any history, discussion or treatment of design in schools. Schools can help enrich the growing public awareness of the work of women designers - past, present and on the horizon.

There are many good resources online and in communities across the country. For example, the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals has been an active support network in the San Francisco Bay Area for the many women involved in architecture, building engineering, planning, landscape architecture, interior and graphic design, and related environmental design fields. There is an Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID) and similar associations for women in graphic, web, interior and just about any other field of design.

Click on the heading above to see the book "Women of Design" which is a good starting resource. Check out the long list of women trailblazers, pathfinders and groundbreakers in design.

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