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· Hannah Durham

Celebrating Women Architects

Recording the stories of our pioneers

One hundred years of women studying architecture occurs this year at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, one of the first schools to admit women. The occasion has been marked with a project called AA XX 100. The AA XX 100 project includes an exhibition, conference and over the past four years, a series of talks and events as well as a research project recording the life stories of prominent women alumni.

At Cullinan Studio we are proud to be 50/50 women and men. We have five women AA School alumni (including myself), with graduates from the 1980s to the present day.

I have been part of the AA XX 100 project for the past four years with my main contribution being recording oral history life stories with 13 women, and continuing. Our aim is to record these career and life stories which have sadly been forgotten from architectural history, for future generations to enjoy.

Inette Austin-Smith and Hannah Durham at her oral history recording in September 2014. Credit AA Archive.

I have collected records with; Jean Symons (née Layton), Inette Austin-Smith (née Griessmann), Su Rogers (née Brumwell), Eldred Evans, Patricia Bullivant (née Bowden), Joyce Taylor (née Wilson), Patricia Hepple, Lady Patty Hopkins (née Wainwright), Georgie Wolton (née Cheesman), Amanda Levete, Christine Hawley, Clem Blakemore and Farshid Moussavi. All recordings are held in the AA Archive.

The AA XX 100 Exhibition. Credit H. Durham.

The AA XX 100 exhibition at the AA School is open until Saturday 9th December, Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00 and on Saturdays 10:00-17:00. 

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