Women in Architecture

Did you know that architects Ragna Grubb, Karen Hvistendahl and Ingeborg Schmidt were among the first to speak out in support of the idea that every member of the family should have their own room? Or that Ulla Tafdrup opened the dividing walls between kitchen and dining room, paving the way for the now familiar open-plan kitchen and dining area? Or that it was Hanne and not Poul Kjærholm who designed the couple’s iconic home in Rungsted?

Women architects have been relatively difficult to find in the annals of architecture history. They have not put their names on as many large and spectacular projects as their male colleagues, nor have they designed our city halls, banks and churches. Nonetheless, the architectural achievements and breakthroughs of women architects have greatly shaped society and the world we live in today.

This exhibition is inspired by author Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece “A Room of One’s Own” from 1929, which remains highly relevant at time when equality and gender issues are at the top of agenda. Woolf’s main theme is that if women are to be able to create anything of importance, they must be financially independent. They must have a room of their own, in both a physical and metaphorical sense – and not just for the sake of women, but for the good of all. 

2022.5.13 - 2022.10.23
Danish Architecture Center
Bryghuspladsen 10
1473 Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Architecture Centre