Elisabeth Scott, Scott, Chesterton & Shepherd, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1932, canopied entrance, Stratford-upon-Avon. Source : RIBA Photographs Collection
AA XX 100 will mark the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectural Association with a major publication, AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017 ( editors Lynne Walker and Elizabeth Darling, AA Publications, 2017). This history of women at the AA is at once a history of women’s presence within an educational institution (and a very particular one at that!), a history of women’s presence within a profession – “ architecture“ – and a part of the history of twentieth and early twenty-first century architecture in both Britain and the wider world. This richly illustrated critical and historical collection tells the story of the entry of women into the architectural profession and their significant, diverse contributions to the globalisation of architectural practice and production, two of the most important developments in contemporary architecture. Welcoming a wide range of contributors and involving AA women across the generations from the first women students to Zaha Hadid and beyond. The collection will consider issues, which include achievement, memory, and sustainability, and will highlight and challenge the concerns and values of the profession from a theorised gendered perspective which recognises the inclusive and collaborative nature of architecture.