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.
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.
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.
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 & Willingerof 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 KulturforumMailand, the Frauenmuseum Hittisau and the Bundeskammer der ZiviltechnikerInnen.
Media Partnerof the initiative is the Editorial Group Design Diffusion World Srl
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
On 31st of March, the project results will be presented at the YesWePlan! Multiplier Event in Vienna. Political stakeholders such as EP Vice-President and Chairwoman of the EP Equality Committee Evelyn Regner and the Austrian Minister of female affairs Susanne Raab will be present and an evening networking session will be taking place.