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Évènement : Women in Architecture Award 2018

While debates on gender equality are raging, the Women in Architecture Award has been recognized for the fifth year in a row by the women's architects who have marked the year 2017. A questionable concept that allows however to highlight the work of talented women around the world.

Divided into two major awards - Architect of the Year Award and Moira Gemmill Award for Emerging Architecture - the event initiated by British magazine Architects' Journal honored two South American personalities, a first in the history of the event.

Indeed, designer Sandra Barclay, from Peru, was selected from three other finalists - Biba Dow (United Kingdom), Angela Garcia de Paredes (Spain) and Stephanie MacDonald (United Kingdom) - for her project Museo of Sitio de Paracas, located in his native country. The work of the co-founder of the Barclay & Crousse studio on the complex site of the Paracas desert (Peru) was valued for its controlled simplicity and its bold responses to the constraints of the hostile environment in which the establishment takes place. Replacing the original structure of the building, destroyed during an earthquake, this archaeological museum of 1 170 square meters was hailed for its "Robust and simple design, but powerful in its artificial imperfection [which] adds value to the building", by an exceptional jury including Emily Booth, editor-in-chief ofAJ or Cindy Walters (Walters and Cohen), former laureate.

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Gloria Cabral, partner of the Paraguay-based agency Gabinete de Arquitectura, was awarded the Moira Gemmill Award for Emerging Architecture. From the top of her 35 years, the young woman is a rising star of the discipline, already praised by some of his colleagues like Peter Zumthor for his delicate relationship to materiality. Very attached to the Paraguayan brick, it is the poetic use that she makes of it which is here rewarded. The jury - composed of Ilze Wolf (Wolff Architects), Anna Puigjaner and Maria Charneco (MAIO) and Sook Hee Chun (WISE Architecture) - congratulated her on "His contagious passion" and his "Extraordinary commitment to architecture".

"Gloria Cabral has such energy in her work - and it shines. From her sensitive understanding of materials to her creative vision, she is the most deserving winner of the Moira Gemmell Award for Emerging Architecture. " Emily Booth, Editor-in-ChiefArchitects' Journal

An event that highlights the architectural creation of women but that, by the very criterion of selection, although claiming to fight against the exclusion of the sector of women, puts them aside from its male colleagues. An initiative to be welcomed with reservations. However, we can only applaud the selection 2018 which highlights a South American production, still too little exposed.

A double-edged event that still allows to increase the visibility of its brilliant winners.

To learn more, visit the website of Women in Architecture Award

photographs:
1) 3) 4) 5) Sandra Barclay - Cristobal Palma
2) 7) 8) 9) Gloria Cabral - Frederico Cairoli

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