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100 Years of Women in Architecture – Sunday November 5th and Monday November 6th 2017

100 Years of Women in Architecture 

London and Cambridge – Sunday 5th and Monday 6th November 2017  – These days can be booked separately although priority will be given to those who book both days

The tour is open to Twentieth Century Society members, AA members and delegates of the AA XX 100 conference and non members. The SAHGB has funded 3 free places for students. To apply for a student place, please email Kate Jordan at

To accompany the AA XX 100 Conference, ‘Women and Architecture in Context, 1917-2017’, the Twentieth Century Society is planning a two-day tour in London and Cambridge, which will join the AA in celebrating the rich and varied legacy of twentieth and twenty-first century women architects. Whilst the detailed itinerary and timings are being finalised, at this stage we can confirm the following:

DAY 1 – Sunday 5th November will start at the National Gallery Extension, by Denise Scott-Brown and Robert Venturi (1991) before moving on to the Economist Building of 1964 by Alison and Peter Smithson and Amanda Levete’s recently completed V&A extension. We will go on to look at private houses and apartments in North London designed by women architects from the 1960s through to the present day, including a guided tour of the first built project by contemporary female practice vPPR: Ott’s Yard houses at Tufnell Park.
We will then travel north to see Mary Crowley’s startlingly modern houses of 1936 at Tewin, including an interior visit and early postwar housing by Jane Drew in Harlow, before finishing in Cambridge where we will look at the work of architects from the 1930s including a visit to Dora Cosens modern movement house of 1937 and the work of Elisabeth Scott, as well as postwar schemes by women architects and for female clients.

Given the distances travelled and the time needed to see a number of house interiors, a packed lunch will be provided and is included in the cost of Day 1 

DAY 2 –  Monday 6th November will focus primarily on public (municipal) architecture and architects. Highlights will include a visit to two projects led by Rosemary Stjernstedt: the standout L.C.C. estate of the 1950s, Alton Estate East (Roehampton) and the Atelier 10 influenced Central Hill Estate in West Norwood. We will look at the 1967 house where the Chief Architect of the Department of the Environment, Pat Tindale, lived (also significant for being the first timber-framed house to be built in London since the Great Fire of London); the striking Barrier Block in Brixton, designed by Magda Borowiecka (1972-81) and the equally remarkable Dawsons Heights, designed for Southwark Council by Kate Macintosh, as well as the Stirling Prize winning Evelyn Grace Academy, designed by Zaha Hadid. The tour will conclude with a visit to more recent schemes which will include the Stirling Prize shortlisted Trafalgar Place by Sadie Morgan’s dRMM.

Throughout the two days we will meet some of the women architects from the 1960s through to the present day who designed these remarkable buildings.

Day 1: Meet at 9am at the entrance to the National Gallery Extension, Trafalgar Square, London (nearest tube Charing Cross) – Lunch included in price. We will finish at c5.30pm (the coach will drop people off at Cambridge Station) . We are hoping to arrange for the coach to take people back to London. Confirmation will be provided in the near future.

Day 2: Meet at 9am at Richmond Station. Finish time 5.30pm at Waterloo Station, London (Lunch not included but ample time to find lunch in Brixton)

If you are not a C20 member please enter “AA member” or “AAXX100 delegate” as your Organisation when booking through . Priority will be given to those booking for both days.

These events have been organised by Kate Jordan and John East and there will be contributions from several architectural historians.

Members/AA Members/AAXX100 delegates – £95.00

Non Members £95.00

There are limited spaces for each day that can be booked individually



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