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Exciting Updates for 100 Years of Women in Architecture Events on 5th and 6th November

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

To accompany the AA XX 100 Conference, ‘Women and Architecture in Context, 1917-2017’, the Twentieth Century Society is planning two days of coach tours in London and Cambridge, which will join the AA in celebrating the rich and varied legacy of twentieth and twenty-first century women architects. You are welcome to participate in either day, or both.

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 galleries, opened this year. We will go on to look at private houses and apartments in North London designed by women architects including guided tours (by the architects themselves) of Sarah Wigglesworth’s groundbreaking Straw Bale House (2002), Cany Ash’s Doughty Mews House, and the first built project by contemporary female practice vPPR: the Ott’s Yard houses at Tufnell Park (2013).

We will then travel north to see Mary Crowley’s startlingly modern houses of 1936 at Tewin, including an interior visit and early post-war housing by Jane Drew in Harlow, before finishing in Cambridge where we will look at the work of architects from the 1930s including an interior visit to Dora Cosens modern movement house of 1937 where we will conclude with tea and refreshments.

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 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 where attendees will have the option of being dropped off at Cambridge Station or alternatively staying on the coach and being dropped off at Kings Cross Station (c7.15pm)

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 have an interior tour of 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); and we’ll be visiting 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 (both Magda and Kate will be present to talk about these landmark schemes, and their experiences of leading projects for Lambeth and Southwark in the 1960s and 1970s), 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 including the Stirling Prize shortlisted Trafalgar Place by Sadie Morgan’s dRMM (2015) and Sarah Wigglesworth’s Siobhan Davies Dance Studios (2006), one of the first completed projects of the Elephant and Castle regeneration, where we will have a personal tour.

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)

These events have been organised by Kate Jordan and John East and there will be contributions from noted academics, practitioners, and architects for the houses that we shall be seeing.

Cost for both days – £95.00 

You can also book both days separately but these spaces are limited

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

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