10-01-2018

Architecture by women, “Frau Architekt” exhibition at the DAM

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An exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt explores the role of women as architects.



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Architecture by women, “Frau Architekt” exhibition at the DAM An exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt explores the role of women as architects. More than 100 years after the first architecture university degree open to women in Germany, more women than men have been studying what is seen as a purely male profession.


The DAM in Frankfurt has dedicated a large exhibition to a hot topic: the role of women as architects. “Frau Architekt”, or “Ms Architect” tells the story that began over 100 years ago, when technical universities first opened their architecture degree courses to women. Despite the difficulties of emerging as a professional architect in a strictly male world, where even now only 30.9% of professionals are women, women architects have made and continue to make an important, innovative contribution to the discipline.
So the DAM goes back to the past to provide a complete overview of “Frau Architekt” showcasing 22 women architects who operated in the 20th century together with their respective works. Among them, Emilie Winkelmann, who, in 1907, was the first woman to open her own architectural office in Germany, while Karola Bloch, wife of the philosopher Ernst Bloch (author of "The Principle of Hope"), supported her exiled family in the United States through her work as an architect.
In the post-war period particularly, the role of women architects in Germany increased in importance, with people like Sigrid Kressmann-Zschach-Losito whose studio had more than 300 employees with whom she carried out major urban projects in Berlin, such as the Stieglitzer Kreisel.
This look at the past links up with the present where women, at least in Germany, account for more than 53% of those enrolled in architecture faculties. This trend is on the increase throughout the world and its knock-on effects could ultimately change the imbalance in architecture, especially as regards the occupation of important positions in offices, professorships and institutional roles.
Another reason for the “Frau Architekt” exhibition is the fact that of the 370 exhibitions that have taken place since the opening of DAM in 1984, about 100 were dedicated to individual men and only four to women architects, which is an additional reason to focus on the role and perception of women architects. The exhibition is still open until 8 March and is accompanied by a full support programme that includes informal talks, films, lectures and a catalogue.

Christiane Bürklein

Exhibition “Frau Architekt. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren. Frauen im Architekturberuf” (FRAU ARCHITEKT. Over 100 years of Women in Architecture).
from 30 September 2017 to 8 March 2018
DAM, Frankfurt, Germany
Curators: Mary Pepchinski, Christina Budde, Wolfgang Voigt 
Images: Courtesy of DAM
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01_DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_7_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
02_DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_49_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
03_DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_12_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Almut_Gruentuch-Ernst_Schule_Madrid_Gruentuch_Ernst_Architekten_2_full.jpg - Grüntuch Ernst Architekten: Deutsche Schule Madrid, 2015 Foto: Celia de Coca 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_16_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_39_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Ausstellung_Foto_Moritz_Bernoully_51_full.jpg - Eindrücke der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ im DAM Foto: Moritz Bernoully 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Frankfurter_Kueche_Uwe_Dettmar_full.jpg - Frankfurter Küche Foto: Uwe Dettmar 
DAM_FrauArchitekt_Lucy_Hillebrand,_St._Nikolauskirche,_Langeoog_BRD),_1960_-_1961_Foto_DAM_full.jpg - Lucy Hillebrand, St. Nikolauskirche, Langeoog (BRD), 1960–61 Foto: DAM 
Find out more: http://dam-online.de/portal/en/Exhibitions/FRAUARCHITEKTe28093Over100yearsofWomeninArchitecture/0/0/88447/mod1176-details1/1843.aspx

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