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All the architects in this book deserve international recognition. The reality is, though, that few are household names. Over the last decade, awareness of the need for gender balance in architecture has gained traction. Within the profession, women remain underrepresented, underpromoted and underpaid. Failure to acknowledge women's contribution to the built environment has perpetuated this cycle and impoverished us all. By showcasing 100 exceptional architects - who happen to be women - this book provides a flagship reference to inspire and support everyone working in the profession, no matter how they identify. Global in outlook, the book presents an equitable sample of architects from every continent. We all need heroines as much as heroes. Through illustrated interviews, each woman shares how they are responding to a profound disconnect between architecture and the people and landscape it serves. Their visions, methods and models of leadership are essential to connecting the needs of humans and the planet. In the words of Indigenous Canadian architect Eladia Smoke: 'Now is a critical time to seek out every opportunity to transmit this knowledge to future generations.'


  • 100 interviews with leading women architects, including: Tatiana Bilbao, Odile Decq, Liz Diller, Julia Gamolina, Dorte Mandrup and Farshid Moussavi.
  • Over 400 photographs and drawings.
  • Geographically balanced selection, with profiles across every continent.


Tom Ravenscroft is a multi award-winning architectural journalist and writer. He is currently the editor of Dezeen - the world's most influential architecture and design website. Tom's writing has been published in numerous architecture publication's including the Architects' Journal, RIBA Journal, Icon, BD, City Metric, Architectural Review and ArchDaily.


Dr. Harriet Harriss (ARB, RIBA, PHEA, Assoc.AIA, FRSA) is an award-winning educator, writer, qualified architect and professor at Pratt Institute, New York, where she previously served as the Dean of the School of Architecture for three years. Publications include Working at the Intersection: Architecture After the Anthropocene (2022) and Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South (2023).

Naomi House is Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the department of Design and Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design, at Middlesex University, London. She has recently published Greta Magnusson Grossman: Modern Design From Sweden To California (2021) and Working at the Intersection: Architecture After the Anthropocene (2022).


Monika Parrinder works at Goldsmiths, University of London and Central Saint Martins, with senior roles at the Royal College of Art and external roles in Europe, the USA and India. Publishing includes essays in The Future of Publishing (2012); Typography Today and Tomorrow (2015); Interior Futures (2019) and her book, Limited Language: Re-writing Design - responding to a Feedback Culture (2012).

100 Women: Architects in Practice

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