John Daly-Peoples reviews Making Space for New Zealand Arts Review


John Daly-Peoples has reviewed Making Space: A history of New Zealand women in architecture, edited by Elizabeth Cox, on New Zealand Arts Review:

‘The names of major female architects don’t feature greatly in the history of architecture. Recently there has been Zaha Hadid who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize but there have been few successful women architects with  important architectural and design careers such as the American Julia Morgan who designed several hundred buildings including the famous Hearst Castle. 

There was also Eileen Gray who may have inspired some of Le Corbusier’s thinking and the designer Charlotte Perriand who created some of the furniture credited to Le Corbusier.

However few could name a successful New Zealand female architect.

Now a new book, Making Space looks at the history of New Zealand female architects and designers

The book has been edited and substantially written by Elizabeth Cox along with 30 leading women architects, architectural historians and academics. They have contributed original research as well as personal accounts of involvement in the profession and include  information about many whose careers have until now been lost to the historical record. It also looks at those using architecture to benefit communities, the careers of women in associated industries, and the changes that have resulted in improvements to working in the profession.’

Read the full review here.