Creativity isn’t subjective. And Architects know this better than anyone. Our industry is bustling with artists having various talents. These talents combined with architecture, give us some distinctive and artistic architects. Here are 10 such women in Architecture, with distinctive and unique styles!

1. Zaha Hadid

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When Architecture and Fashion crossed paths

You can see curves in her designs, these designs are not only for the buildings but also for the body.Regarded as the – ‘Queen of Curve’ by Vogue, she also designed a space for herself in the fashion industry, be it working with the famous singer – Pharrell Williams for shoes or designing handbags. Her designs whether architecture or clothing is more than just fluid.

She was prodigious, and her sense of style was something extraordinary.

Here’s a list of her Fashion Collaborations:

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Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas collaboration with footwear brand – United Nude Photo courtesy: Instagram
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Hadid and Pharrell alliance for shoes – Adidas trainers Photo courtesy: Adidas

 

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Zaha Hadid and Bulgari’s original Photo courtesy: Bulgari’s original collection
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Zaha Hadid and Louis Vuitton for handbags Photo courtesy: Werner Huthmacher
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Fendi’s and Zaha Hadid – Handbag Photo courtesy: Fendi’s

2. Maya Lin

An Architect who is better known as an Artist

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Her story must be known to everyone present in Architecture. She was not a trained architect when she won the competition. But now look at her – Projects filled with melody. When you visit her website – www.mayalin.com, You will be in awe, her projects speak music. Each project whether Art or Architecture has a distinctive note.

Here are some of her Projects –

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Photo courtesy: Maya Lin’s Studio
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Photo courtesy: Maya Lin’s Studio
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Where the land meets the sea
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Input
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Garden of perception
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Eleven Minute line
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Groundswell

3. OdileDecq

A little French and mostly Gothic

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Photo courtesy: Columbia GSAPP.

Decq has stated that her philosophy on architecture is that a building ” has to be a place where people can move, live in good conditions, forget the hardness of the life outside, so it has to have a kind of humanistic approach…”A woman who was told that she would never become an architect now has – 16 Notable works and 41 Awards and Honours, OdileDecq is one of a kind, apart from being an Architect and an Artist, she’s an academic and an Urban Planner too.founder of the Paris firm, Studio OdileDecq (previously known as ODBC) and of Confluence Institute, she’s famously known for her goth appearance and is an inspiration for young women architects. Vanity fair declared her as one of the top influential French personalities in the world in 2017.

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Source – Past, Present, Future – PRESENT. Interview with OdileDecq
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Source – Past, Present, Future – PRESENT. Interview with OdileDecq

4. NeriOxman

She calls her animated approach to design ‘Mothering’

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NeriOxmanPhoto  Credit Noah Kalina

She is an American-Israeli who won Vilcek Prize in 2014 and the earth award in 2009, has also served in the Israeli Airforce and relates her design to motherhood. Not only design and research, but she has also worked with fashion designers too. Her 3D printed designs are well known.

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Zuhal,Photo courtesy: NeriOxman MIT edu : Projects, Photo by : YoramReshef
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Qamar, Photo courtesy: NeriOxman MIT edu : Projects, Photo by : YoramReshef
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Arachne, Photo courtesy: NeriOxman MIT edu : Projects, Photo by : YoramReshef
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Arachne, Photo courtesy: NeriOxman MIT edu :Projects, Photo by : YoramReshef

Read her Interview with Elle here: www.elle.com/culture/a28646115/neri-oxman-interview/

5. Jeanne Gang

Queen of optical poetry

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Sketching vision from nature, she creates awe-inspiring places that join people, communities and the environment together. She not only runs her practice but also teaches at her Alma Mater- Harvard University. Her works are internationally known. Her work is not only known to Architecture, her ‘gang’ usually puts up exhibitions, researches and publishes.

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Baleinopolis by Jeanne Gang and team. Photo Courtesy: Studio Gang
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Stage Buoys by Jeanne Gang and team. Photo Courtesy: Tom Harris Photography Studio Gang
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Hive by Jeanne Gang and team. Photo Courtesy: Studio Gang
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ArcusCenter for Social Justice Leadership for FREESPACE Photo Courtesy: tudio Gang, Tom Harris Photography

6. AnupamaKundoo

Materials to reduce, Materials for a change

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Her approach to design is unique, her designs are mostly focused on- materials that reduce the environmental effect. Not only buildings, but she’s also focused on installations too, which is the open library, she writes too and one of her work is – Roger Anger: Research on Beauty

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Books In Bloom Photo Courtesy: AnupamaKundoo, Photo by: Javier Callejas
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High‐speed housing´ London Roca Gallery Photo Courtesy: AnupamaKundoo, Photo by: Susan Smart
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Wall House One to One at La Biennale di Venezia. Photo Courtesy:
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Installations Unbound, The Library Of Lost Books. Photo Courtesy:
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 7. Holly Hendry

I Dabble between formalism and representation – Holly Hendry

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Listed among the 12 award-winning architects by arch daily, is the winner of Experimental Architecture Award. Based in London, her sculptural work, engagethe language of architecture and building to contest the definition of what space is, her design is filled with the idea of open cracks and rear spaces.

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Cenotaph Photo Courtesy: Holly Hendry Photo by: Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial Photography courtesy of Pete Carr and Thierry Bal and Liverpool Biennial 2018
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Homeostasis II  PhotoCourtesy:Holly Hendry Photo by: Photography courtesy of Pete Carr and Thierry Bal and Liverpool Biennial 2018
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Keep Coffin  Photo Courtesy: Holly Hendry Photo by: Photography courtesy of Marcus Leith and Greengrassi
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Pink On The Inside, Photo Courtesy: Holly Hendry

8. BrindaSomaya

Ethnic and Vernacular

Like her style, her designs are traditional and sustainable. From opening her first office at the back of her garden to being theChairperson of Board of Governors for School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, she is lauded for her sense of style, and her designs. Not only this, according to an interview she gave to architectandinteriorsindia.com she has high hopes of seeing India on the world map of Architecture.

Read her full interview here : www.architectandinteriorsindia.com/people/1202-architect-brinda-somaya-has-built-up-a-formidable-reputation-through-her-practice

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Tradition, love for one’s country is not only in her work, but also in her persona too.
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Somaya at 6th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – Cairo, April 2019 Photo by :AnushreeFadnavis
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BrindaSomaya, has travelled extensively, whether Greece or Antarctica – Photo Courtesy: BrindaSomaya
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BrindaSomaya in front of her Artwork, Photo: DaneshJassawala

9. Frida Escobedo

Simplicity, Wellness and Enjoying what you do is all about Frida Escobedo

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A dash of modernism and Mexican

Based in Mexico, she travels between the USA and Mexico, her fondness of temporary structures, rose her to fame. Apart from her beautiful designs, her sense of style is eerily similar, she’ll like something like a piece of jewellery that creates a pop, but her outfit, it has to be simple. It seems from her Interview to Vanity Fair, she is a big fan of Aesop, and likes to wear simple and comfortable clothing.

Read her full interview with kinfolk here: www.kinfolk.com/a-day-in-the-life-frida-escobedo/

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Frida Escobedo in conversation with GaliaSolomonoff, Columbia GSAPP.
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Escobedo inside her own design Serpentine Pavilion.Photograph by pedrokok. Courtesy of aesop
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Photography by: ZoltanTombor

10. Eva Franch IGilabert

She’s the one for Architectural Education

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When the world is changing why Architecture and Architectural Education isn’t? She asks. The sagacity of historical responsibility and essential playfulness in design has deteriorated badly, everyone is either shifting to avant-gardism or common practices like sustainability. AA is one school in which the students vote for the new council and director, Eva received – 67 %, highest majority.

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Photo courtesy Eva Franch i Gilabert , for The Pin up, Portrait by : Therese and Joel
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Photo courtesy Eva Franch i Gilabert , for Financial Times photographed for the FT by Omar Khaleel
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Eva Franch i Gilabert for Cultured Mag.
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Photo courtesy Eva Franch i Gilabert
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Tanya Rawal, is currently pursuing Bachelors of Architecture. She's fascinated by History and believes that pen is mightier than the sword. You'll find her a little impatient, mostly sarcastic, or maybe with her camera capturing everything she can.

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