Architectural Record Presents the Second Annual Women in Architecture Forum & Awards Program


The second annual Women in Architecture Forum & Awards program recognizes the design leadership of American women architects, to celebrate the increasingly visible role of women in the profession, and to encourage firms to promote women and their work.  The awards will be presented at a luncheon in New York City at the Time & Life Building on Tuesday, October 6th and will be preceded by a morning panel on the status of women in large firms.

The awards are given in five categories. This year’s winners are:

Design Leader: Honoring an architect with significant built work and influence
Winner: Billie Tsien, founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien, New York. Her practice is known for major institutional and cultural projects, such as the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

New Generation Leader: Honoring an architect who is rising in the profession
Winner:¬†Meejin Yoon, principal and co-founder, Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Boston, and head of the department of architecture at M.I.T.¬† Yoon’s work explores material and experience in architecture, at a variety of scales, most recently completing the Sean Collier Memorial at M.I.T.

Innovator: Honoring an architect who has made a mark in innovative design and building technology
Winner: Anna Dyson, professor of design, technology and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and founding director of the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE).  Dyson is an innovator whose work centers on collaborative research among diverse disciplines to develop new systems for building and energy generation.

Activist: Honoring an architect who has used her skills for effecting change in the public realm
Winner:¬†Pat Sapinsley, Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at New York University’s Urban Future Lab. Sapinsley’s work brings together green technology and entrepreneurship to create a stronger marketplace for sustainable solutions.

Educator: Honoring a professional who has helped the advancement of women.
Winner: Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. An architect and planner, Taylor was the first woman chairman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill before bringing her vast experience-particularly in large scale urban and transportation projects-to her role leading PennDesign.

This year’s honorees were selected by an independent jury whose members included Rosalie Genevro, executive director, the Architectural League; critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen; Jill Lerner, principal, KPF; Mark Lamster, architecture critic, The Dallas Morning News; and Mark Regulinski, managing director, SOM.

Architectural Record’s¬†Women in Architecture Forum and Awards Program, produced by BNP Media, is sponsored by Presenting sponsor Autodesk and Supporting sponsors AISC, Bespoke Careers and Kolbe Windows & Doors.¬† The program takes place the day before Architectural Record’s acclaimed Innovation Conference. More information on the Innovation Conference can be found at:¬†

For more information about Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Forum and Awards visit¬†¬†or call¬†847-405-4127.