Film Debut Jun. 6: The Women Who Built New York, by Beverly Willis

How many buildings in New York City were built by women? A new film directed by Beverly Willis, FAIA, founder of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, answers this question.

The world premiere of Unknown New York: The City that Women Built will take place on Wednesday, June 6 at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan. The fifth film to be released by Willis in the past eight years, this 17-minute documentary introduces prominent women architects, engineers and builders who have played integral roles in creating New York City.

“Women architects and builders have been shaping the skyline of New York City for decades, but very few have been recognized for their accomplishments,” says Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, executive director of the foundation. “With this film, we hope to not only showcase the work of these inspirational women, but also to inspire more young women to enter these professions.”

With colorful imagery and a historical narrative, this film depicts 234 Manhattan projects designed, engineered, or developed by women. A map illustrating many of these locations will also be handed out at this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture on June 20-24.

What:  World premiere of Unknown New York: The City that Women Built

Who:  Directed by Beverly Willis

When:  Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Where:  SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

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