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For centuries, the world restricted the women’s role in the home, to its maintenance, never thinking the would have the same capacities that a man has, regarding its construction and design. Luckily, as of 2016, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards states that two out of five newly licensed architects were women. Discover our selection for trailblazing women that built iconic architectural buildings, paving the way for many more to come.
Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects
No architecture-related list could be written without the iconic Zaha Hadid. The Heydar Aliyev Center (Azerbaijani: Heydər Əliyev Mərkəzi) is an important cultural centre in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, housed in an iconic architectural building designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. It is located in a 10-hectare public park close to the Baku Convention Center.
The Broad, Los Angeles, by Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Diller’s design for the Broad, a contemporary art museum, accommodates the institution’s need for both public exhibition space and storage for its foundation’s lending library, earning the structure the nickname “the veil and the vault.”
Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Sharjah, UAE, by Sumaya Dabbagh of Dabbagh Architects
The sandstone blocks serve to blend the centre with the surrounding desert landscape, just as visitors are connected to the ancient history and the Bronze Age Tomb of Um Al Nar. Dabbagh’s architectural building is impressive while allowing the archaeological sites to take centre stage.
Museum Garage, Miami, by Amale Andraos of WORKac
More than just a place to park a car, Miami’s Museum Garage is a clever use of space that employs the façade of the structure as a graffiti gallery, a children’s playground, a lending library, a fountain, a car washer, a DJ platform, and more.
Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, by Francine Houben of Mecanoo Architecten
The Library of Birmingham is located in Palazzos Centenary Square, the largest public square in the city, and gives the space a sense of unified purpose. The architectural building provides shade for visitors below but also acts as a balcony with a garden to be enjoyed above.
GSW Headquarters, Berlin, by Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton
Built in 1999, Louisa Hutton’s architectural building is celebrated for its eco-friendliness, as the façade employs solar shutters and blinds, double-layer glass, and an ample amount of natural light. The high-rise nature of the iconic building is a throwback to 1950s-era office architecture while remaining forward-thinking with its technology.
Football Stadium Arena, Borisov, Belarus, by Špela Videčnik of OFIS Architects
From the street, Videčnik’s architectural building gives the impression that the stadium is a fully enclosed structure, but when viewed from above, the open roof of the dome reveals itself.
Hikma Religious and Secular Complex, Dandaji, Niger, by Mariam Kamara of Atelier Masōmī
A cultural and educational hub where both religion and secular communities can coexist in peace, the architectural building includes space for a library and a mosque in the village that is open to all.
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