MAS Context Spring Talks 2022
Shaping Our Built Environment
Documenting, Analyzing, and Celebrating Women’s Contributions to the Built Environment in Spain and Illinois

 

Landmarks Illinois director of advocacy Lisa DiChiera and researcher and educator Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno lectured on Monday, April 25, as part of MAS Context’s Spring Talks 2022 series. The lecture will take place online.

 

Documenting, Analyzing, and Celebrating Women’s Contributions to the Built Environment in Spain and Illinois

During this event, presenters will discuss two recent initiatives that document, analyze, and celebrate women’s contributions to the built environment in Spain and Illinois. Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno will discuss “Women in Spanish Postmodern Architecture Culture, 1965-2000,” a project that aims to critically analyze the work done by woman architects who practiced architecture in the last third of the twentieth century and to contextualize it in the historiography of Spanish architectural culture. Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy for Landmarks Illinois, will discuss “Women Who Built Illinois,” a database that includes information on more than 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, and interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.

 

About the Research Initiatives

“Women Who Built Illinois” is a first-of-its-kind database that includes information on more than 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, and interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979. The database is the result of an in-depth survey of women in architecture and design-related fields that Landmarks Illinois launched in 2020—a year that marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, upholding a US citizen’s right to vote regardless of sex. The database calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by cities and communities across Illinois, many of which remain unprotected without proper landmark designation.
www.landmarks.org/womenwhobuiltillinois

“Women in Spanish Postmodern Architecture Culture, 1965-2000” is a project that aims to critically analyze the work done by woman architects who practiced architecture in the last third of the twentieth century and to contextualize it in the historiography of Spanish architectural culture. In Spain, the historic period that we know as the modern movement (1925-1965) is marked by the lack of women involved in architectural practice, a traditionally male profession at the time, as it still is today. One of the most relevant developments in the profession during the 1970s was the gradual inclusion of women in university architecture studies and their full entry into professional practice. The key turning point for this inclusion was the end of the Franco Regime and the political, social, legislative, and cultural changes brought about by the transition to democracy, which hugely affected the lives of all women. In the years marked by the second and third feminist wave, Spanish woman architects began to practice architecture at a time of heated debate about the crisis of modernity and the beginning and consolidation of postmodern culture.
www.muwo.unizar.es/en/home

 

Lisa DiChiera has been director of advocacy for Landmarks Illinois since 2003. She was the director of Chicago programs from 1994-1997. Lisa is on the frontline of all calls for assistance on preservation issues from the public and manages major advocacy initiatives in the Chicagoland area. Lisa oversees the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois program and the “Women Who Built Illinois” survey. She worked previously for Hines Interests in Detroit and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She serves on the Board of Glessner House, the Board of Trustees for Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Advocacy Committee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. She served on the Land Use & Housing Committee of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) from 2008-2021. She has been twice included in the Newcity “Design 50” list of the 50 people shaping Chicago design. Lisa received her B.A. in art and architectural history from UCLA and an M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
www.landmarks.org | @landmarksill

Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno is Associate Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Zaragoza and researcher at the Institute of Heritage and Humanities (IPH) of this university. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2013), a master’s degree from Columbia University (2008, New York), postgraduate Studies from Aalto University (2004, Helsinki), and she studied Architecture at the University of Navarra (2003). She is currently in charge of a research project funded by the Spanish Government entitled “Women in Spanish Postmodern Architecture Culture,1965-2000.” She is also a member of AMIT (Association of Women Researchers and Technologists), AECA (Spanish Association of Art Critics), PMAC (Platform of Women in Contemporary Art), and EAHN (European Architectural History Network).
www.muwo.unizar.es/en/home | @lcperezmoreno | @MuWoArch

 

Seven Continents Restaurant, O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, Reflective Ceiling Plan, 1959. © Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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