Women’s History Month – March 2024

Women have often been ignored in the telling of human history, if not actively removed; the pen has very much been in male hands. Women’s History Month is the opportunity to celebrate those talented and determined females who refused to be pushed aside.

Zaha Hadid

urban’s UK choice this year is Zaha Hadid, a pioneering architect of incredible brilliance, whose visionary designs reshaped the landscape of modern architecture in the UK and beyond.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid’s journey to greatness was marked by unwavering determination and unmatched talent. Her architectural style was revolutionary, characterised by fluidity, dynamism, and daring forms that defied convention.


Hadid’s legacy is etched in iconic structures like the London Aquatics Centre, a testament to her ability to blend form and function seamlessly, and her MAXXI museum in Rome is a masterpiece of contemporary design, captivating visitors with its organic spaces and dynamic geometry.

A trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Hadid shattered stereotypes and became the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 2016. Her influence continues to inspire architects worldwide, proving that gender is no barrier to greatness.

Though she left us in 2016, Zaha Hadid’s brilliance lives on, inspiring future generations to push boundaries, challenge norms, and fearlessly pursue architectural excellence. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s honour her remarkable legacy and the indelible mark she left on the architectural world. Check out this article from architecturaldigest.com, to appreciate some of her extraordinary work.

Maya Lin

Our second spotlight falls on Maya Lin, a trailblazing force in American architecture and recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.


Whilst still a senior at Yale University, at just 21, Lin won the competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. This internationally famous monument became an iconic symbol of remembrance and healing. Her style, marked by minimalism and harmony with nature, continues to shape the landscape.

From the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery to her advocacy for sustainability, Lin’s work transcends architecture; her influence extends beyond design, inspiring positive social change. Have a peek at her website mayalinstudio.com to view her beautiful portfolio of art and architecture.

As we celebrate, let’s salute Maya Lin’s enduring legacy and the profound impact of all women in American architecture.


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