Ann de Graft-Johnson, 1986 (AA 1975-1980) Source : ©Brenda Prince/Photofusion
As part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectural Association School, an exhibition, AA Women and Architecture 1917-2017, will be held at the AA from 6 October – 9 December 2017. Based on the book, AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017 ( eds. Elizabeth Darling and Lynne Walker, AA Publications, 2017), the exhibition portrays 100 years of AA women and features diverse media: original drawings, models, correspondence, diaries, photographs, oral histories, film, computer installation for website, which will create a rich but lively exhibition that will draw in and engage visitors and attract critical attention worldwide. ‘Things’ and ephemera associated with AA women and their work, such as an architect’s drawing instruments and travel diaries, will intrigue and delight.
The work of AA women past and present is displayed throughout the building: in the main gallery, along the staircases, in the hallways, bar and Front Members’ Room, with a mixture of contemporary and historical projects. Organised thematically, the exhibition features themes, which include the first students, globalisation and social architecture, while issues such as identity, memory and collaboration are threaded through the story of women’s presence and achievement both at the AA and in practice.