A central question for feminists involved in the built environment in the 1970s and ’80s was trying to unravel how we could analyse the gendering of space, across a multitude of complexities and intangibles. The word sexism had not yet been invented, and the commonsense assumption within architecture was that built space was neutral and
Architectural education and practice continues to be dominated by men. Although many more women are now studying and practicing architecture, we are still under-represented at senior levels, and our design schemes, research and publications less likely to be cited, and more likely to be forgotten over time. Women of colour remain even more severely disadvantaged.
Just as in previous times and places, there are currently strong feminist and radical elements across built environment education and practice internationally; and which connect gender with other inequalities. Rebel Architettes, based in Bergamo in Italy but with members from across the world, have begun a Women Architects! world map generating a list of groups
As we develop the Matrix Open feminist architecture archive, new threads and gaps continuously open up. There are projects that have not been well recorded, for example, Harlow Women’s Aid in Essex, or the Moroccan Women’s Centre in Trellick Tower and Pluto Gay and Lesbian housing, both in London. There are projects that are included,
WikiD: women, Wikipedia, design is an international education and advocacy programme to increase the representation of women in the built environment on Wikipedia. Wiki-D was initiated by Lori Brown of Architexx and is a collaboration with Parlour (Australia) and n-ails (Berlin), with seed funding from the Wikimedia Foundation. It works by providing easy-to-use tools and supporting