Paving the Way: Celebrating a Centenary of Women at London’s Architectural Association

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Winifred Ryle, Ruth Lowy, Gillian Cooke, and Irene Graves. Image © Architectural Association (AA XX 100) Winifred Ryle, Ruth Lowy, Gillian Cooke, and Irene Graves. Image © Architectural Association (AA XX 100)

This short essay was written by the curators of AA XX 100, a multi-media project celebrating the centenary of women in London's Architectural Association (1917-2017).

Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete, Patty Hopkins, Denise Scott Brown, and Minnette de Silva are familiar names of women who were products of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). Less familiar are the women who paved the way for the global careers of these architecture superstars.

Established in 2013, the AA XX 100 project was initiated to tell the story of women at the AA, with the aim of commemorating the centenary (this year) of their admission to the school with an exhibition, book, and international conference. When the project began we didn't know the names of the first students but, four years on, we do,

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