Elections 2022 in the Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants in Austria:
A step towards gender equality in professional representation

Though the YesWePlan! Project has now officially come to an end, the many outcomes that resulted from the project are now finding their way into practice by professionals in education, profession and work places. The YWP! Recommendations provides tools and suggestions for changes in the different environments in order to achieve a more inclusive environment for women architects and engineers.

A basic Recommendation for representative organisations is to promote gender equality in leading positions in organisations and to commit to diversity and equity in the decision making. The 2022 elections in the Chambers of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants in Austria show some great results as regards this aim:

Cora Stöger;
(c) Phillip Resch

The election of the regional Chamber of Architect and Chartered Engineering Consultants of Upper Austria and Salzburg brought about its first female Chamber President, Chartered Engineering Consultant Cora Stöger. As the Professional Section of Architects is vice-chaired by Architect Susanne Seyfert, this means that the Presidium is composed of two female and four male professionals.

For the Section of Architects in the regional Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants of Tyrol and Vorarlberg the elections also led to very remarkable results: The Section of Architect is chaired and vice-chaired by women Architects, Architect Carmen Schrötter-Lenzi and Architect Veronika König. Additionally, the Section of Chartered Engineering Consultants is vice-chaired by Chartered Engineering Consultant Regina Mayer, which means that the composition of the Presidium is fully gender equal with 50% women.

left to right: König, Schrötter-Lenzi, Gasser, Vogl-Fernheim, Kofler, Mayer; (c) Steinlechner

In the regional Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland both Professional Sections are now chaired by women, Architect Evelyn Rudnicki and Chartered Engineering Consultant Michaela Ragossnig-Angst. This means that also here two of six members of the Presidium are female.

The regional Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants of Carinthia and Styria confirmed Architect Barbara Frediani-Gasser in her role as Vice President, while the rest of the Presidium is male.

The Committee of women Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants that has initiated and conducted the “YesWePlan!” Erasmus+ Project is happy about this important sign towards gender equality in professional representation. “Regarding the fact, that the share of women in architecture and in the engineering professions overall is still very low, this is a great result and a very good initial position for finally changing structural discrimination problems within the professional bodies. It also  gives motivation and impetus to our work in the Committee”, confirms Chairwoman Architect Bettina Dreier.

AnotHERVIEWture – SAVE THE DATE

Award Ceremony on 20 October 2022, Akademie der Bildenden Künste /Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna

Save the date for a special event:

AnotHERVIEWture is the new annual award in Austria for excellence in female civil engineering and architecture that is going to introduce women and their work to you and a broader public in order to raise awareness of the female contribution in the building industry and to highlight role models in order to transform this field of profession towards equality and diversity.

Prizes are awarded in four categories, including the prize for “International Female Architect of the Year”, and the decision is taken by an international jury of female Architects and Engineers.

On 20 October 2022, the first Award Ceremony is going to take place in Vienna at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste / Academy of Fine Arts.

At the occasion, Anna Resch, sociologist and cooperation partner of the YesWePlan! Project will present the results of her Master thesis on “Women Architects and Civil Engineers in Austria – A Qualitative Analysis of Gender-Related Aspects of the Individually Shaped Life and Working Environment of Austrian Women Architects and Engineering Consultants” which is written as a secondary analysis of the Erasmus+ project “Yes, we plan!”. Qualitative guided interviews will be used to investigate the question of how the individual working and living environment of female architects/civil engineers in Austria is structured. The focus is on the individual experiences of the participants and an interdisciplinary consideration from a sociological perspective, in order to be able to derive from a visualisation of the interrelationships which measures need to be taken specifically in Austria in order to be able to optimise the professional fields for women.

Female power at the 4th European Engineers Day

At the 4th European Engineers Day which took place in Brussels on 21 June, co-organising Organisation ECEC (European Council of Engineers Chambers) made a start to implement the YwP! recommendations and invited Geodetic surveyor Blazenka Micevic, to hold a speech on why women power is essential for the success of the New European Bauhaus.

Watch the whole speech and discussion:

Combating the gender gap

A summary of the YesWePlan! project

Presidents of the professional organisations (ECEC, ACE ECCE)
‘Haus der EU’ in Vienna
Evelyn Regner on 31 March

The Erasmus+ project YesWePlan!, launched at the end of 2019 by the Austrian Federal Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants and carried out by professional organisations and universities from 5 European countries, has been completed: The aim of the project was to determine the influence of women in European Baukultur and to identify and counteract gender inequalities within the professions of architects and civil engineers. To reach this goal, data from Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia and Spain were collected via Europe-wide online surveys and additional in-depth interviews; a total of almost 1000 architects and civil engineers took part.

The results were complemented by country reports on the legal situation and by statistical data and best practice examples from the partner countries. In order to counteract the gender gap in a targeted and sustainable way, recommendations for professional organisations, training institutions and employers were derived from the project results. These include measures and tools that should contribute to equal treatment in the individual institutions, they were presented on 31 March 2022 in Vienna in the ‘Haus der EU’ and later discussed with the presidents of the European professional organisations: Ruth Schagemann for the Architects Council of Europe, Klaus Thürriedl for the European Council of Engineers Chambers and Andreas Brandner for the European Council of Civil Engineers. Evelyn Regner, Vice President of the European Parliament, hosted the event and stressed the importance of gender equality, especially in technical professions.

The results of the YesWePlan project are collected in a Compendium 4 in 1.

The Federal Chamber of Civil Engineers is now implementing this newly collected knowledge on several levels: As a transfer of a French best practice example (the French Award for Women Architects), a new award for women’s achievements in building culture will be presented for the first time in October 2022 in Austria. Applications for this AnotHER VIEWture AWARD will be accepted until 30 June. Access to the ‘International Female Architect of the Year Award’ is open to women architects of all nationalities.

Compendium 4 in 1

AnotHER VIEWture award Website

Click here to see the post on the French Award for Women Architects: https://yesweplan.eu/2022/05/05/launch-of-arvhas-woman-architect-awards-2022/

Launch of ARVHA´s Woman architect Awards 2022

Prize awardees 2021

ARVHA, Association for Research on the City and Housing, launches the 10th edition of the French Prize for Women Architects with the support of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the National Council of the Order of Architects of the Region Ile de France and the city of Paris. For the 2022 Awards, ARVHA also receives the support of BNP Paribas Real Estate, Ciments Calcia (HeidelbergCement France), Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Pitchimo and COGEDIM as well as media support: Le journal de l’Architecte,Téma-archi et Batiactu.

This award aims at highlighting the work and careers of women architects, so that young women architects can build on existing female models, and at encouraging parity and equality in a male-dominated profession.

The only requirements to participate in the award are to be registered with the Order of Architects or their country (or chamber or architects) and being the author of the projects.

Four prizes are awarded for the the tenth edition :

  • Young Woman Architect Prize for women under 40 years old, for her projects (built or to-be);
  • Original Work Prize for a work conducted by a female architect;
  • Woman architect Prize for projects – 3-5 works constructed;
  • International Prize 3-5 works constructed by a woman architect registered to the Order of Architect in her own country.

The competition is open from the 15th of May and will end the 31st of July 2022.


The award ceremony will be held 15th of November 2022 at “Pavillon de l’Arsenal” in Paris from 5pm to 8pm.

Information and application on the website www.femmes-archi.org

AnotHERVIEWture AWARD Launch in Vienna

YwP! Multiplier Event in Vienna, 31 March

The Annual Award for excellence in female civil engineering and architecture will have its official launch at the YesWePlan! Multiplier Event in Vienna on 31st March 2022.

The Award is a transfer example from the YesWePlan Best Practice Collection (Intellectual Output COMPENDIUM 4in1).

The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture: The Austrian Example

10
March2022
WEBINAR CONFERENCE & FACEBOOK LIVEOrder of Architects of the Province of Milan
18.00 – 20.00 hrsVia Solferino 17-19
Milan

On Thursday 10th March 2022 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, a new meeting of the cycle “The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture” will take place online and via Facebook Live.

After the first six online meetings held in October 2020 – on the Swiss and Finnish examples – in February 2021 – on the British and Danish examples – and in November 2022 – on the Spanish and Chilean examples – the cycle continues in March 2022 with two online meetings on the Austrian (March 10) and Canadian (March 24) examples.

The Foundation of the Order of Architects P.P.C. of the Province of Milan continues promoting the initiative “The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture” curated by the architect Arianna Callocchia. Its goal is to continue to highlight the role and the importance that women play in contemporary architecture. The event has been organised to foster discussion and create an opportunity for dialogue and professional exchange between the Italian and the international scenario.

During the online meeting on 10th March “The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture: The Austrian Example”, the designers themselves will illustrate some projects recently promoted in Austria. The aim is to present their approach and their design philosophy in contemporary architecture within the themes of environmental sustainability, technological innovation and building redevelopment. The meeting will also touch on the relationship with the historical, cultural and urban context.

After the welcome remarks by Bianca Miglietta, Councilor of the Order and Foundation of the Order of Architects P.P.C. of the Province of Milan and Susanne Ranetzky, Director of the Austrian Forum of Culture Milan, the floor will be given to Silja Tillner, Architekten Tillner & Willinger of Wien and Stefanie Wögrath, Illiz Architektur of Wien. Silja Tillner, will illustrate some projects built in Austria significant for their design approach on the themes of circular economy, reuse of buildings, environmental sustainability and reduction of CO2 emissions. Stefanie Wögrath, will present a selection of projects  bult in  Wien linked to social housing, urban regeneration and architectural redevelopment. The meeting will be moderated by Ilaria Valente, DAStU, Politecnico of Milan.

The speeches of the Austrian Speakers will be held in English.

The conference is organised with the Patronage of the Order of Architects P.P.C. of the Province of Milan, the Italian Council of Architects, the Embassy of Austria in Italy,  theÖsterreichisches Kulturforum Mailand, the Frauenmuseum Hittisau and the Bundeskammer der ZiviltechnikerInnen.

Media Partnerof the initiative is the Editorial Group Design Diffusion World Srl

Webinar

Open to the architects registered with the Order of Architect of Milan and to Italian architects.
 

Facebook Live
Open to everyone, streamed on the Facebook page of the Order of Architects P.P.C. of the Province of Milan

at 6.00 pm on 10th March 2022.  (Pagina Facebook di Ordine e Fondazione )

More info in Italian available at the following link:
Il contributo delle donne nell’architettura contemporanea: l’esempio austriaco | Ordine degli Architetti (ordinearchitetti.mi.it)