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Pioneering Modernist Women

21 January 06:30 - 08:30
Organized by: RIBA
Venue: RIBA
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

As part of our season of events related to RIBA’s current Beyond Bauhaus exhibition, we are partnering with the campaign group Part W. This is to demonstrate the pioneering role that a number of key female architects played in the history of modern British architecture.


Taking the RIBA exhibition as a starting point, the event will use short presentations to highlight the stories of six key women: Elizabeth Denby, Margaret Justin Blanco White, Mary Crowley (Medd), Norah Aiton and Betty Scott, and Sadie Speight.


These will be delivered by a diverse panel of inspirational women working today, who will share their knowledge on these modernist pioneers and reflect on what we can learn from them. Contributors to the event include Abigail Patel, Claire Bennie, Elizabeth Darling, Lynne Walker, Stephanie Edwards, Yasmin Shariff and Yemi Aladerun.


The event has been curated in partnership with Part W and in sisterhood with their ‘Alternative Campaign’. This crowd-sourced list celebrates women who have consistently been overlooked and unrepresented in architecture. This resulted in over a hundred nominations for women who have made incredible contributions to the built environment over the past 171 years.


The event will begin with a champagne reception from 6.30pm, kindly supported by Taittinger.