Award the AIA Gold Medal to Women Architects

Award the AIA Gold Medal to Women Architects

    1. Julia Donoho
    2. Petition by

      Julia Donoho

      Windsor, CA

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December 2013

Victory

Julia Donoho: A woman has been selected for the American Institute of Architects (AIA)highest honor. Julia Morgan, FAIA, will be awarded the AIA 2014 Gold Medal. What an incredible time we live in! Thank you everyone for your good wishes and encouragement.

Women are not minorities in America. Since 1871, 142 years ago, women have been getting educated and working in the profession of architecture making significant contributions that have influenced the theory and practice of architecture, yet their work has not been celebrated, promoted, nor rewarded properly. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Gold Medal, the highest honor of the Institute, 69 times, always to a male architect. This is unacceptable. The AIA should immediately start recognizing and promoting the work of women architects. Female architects have made incredible contributions to the profession, over 1,000 joined the AIA before 1980, and many more in the 33 years since, yet the AIA has continued to award the Gold Medal only to male architects. A short list of American women architects deserving of greater recognition includes Louise Bethune, Marion Mahony Griffin, Natalie DeBlois, Marion Manley, Lutah Maria Riggs, Eleanor Raymond, Lois Howe, Mary Colter, Denise Scott Brown, and Julia Morgan. These women, and many more have changed how we see the world, and their work deserves the same kind of recognition as their peers.  They all deserve to be recognized, not for their gender, but for the quality of their work.  It is time to award the Gold Medal to some female Architects. 

ACTION #1:  Please help me express the urgency of this matter by signing this petition. 

ACTION #2:  Please promote the nomination of exceptional women, who are working in the field of architecture, for the AIA Gold Medal.  My personal goal is to have women nominees in the short list of finalists every year for the next ten years. 

 

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Award the AIA Gold Medal to Women Architects

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Passed 500!

      Julia Donoho
      Petition Organizer

      Lynda Ashley From Albuquerque NM is our 500th signature. On to 1000! Please help by telling all your friends and family, children and pets!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. The Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation Supports this petition

      Julia Donoho
      Petition Organizer

      Today, Friday, August 16, 2013, the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation joined to support this petition and forwarded it to their mailing list. This issue is timely for all women, all professionals, not just architects. It is time to go viral. Please forward to your own mailing lists of friends and families.

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Haley Gipe FRESNO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Because women have played a significant role in architecture and should be recognized as such!!!

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    • Susan Rainier DAVIS, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Equal Rights Amendment - Honors should be included in equal rights.

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    • tracy viri MODESTO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I am a woman working in architecture and I see a lot of other women in the big cities but the small towns around me seem to have predominantly male architects. I am also a huge fan of Julia Morgan and visit Hearst Castle as frequently as I can.

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    • Judith Edelman NEW YORK, NY
      • 9 months ago

      I have been deeply involved in the issue of women architects since thev1970s. Iwas a founding member of Wpmen in Archiecture, NY I was chair of the national AIA Task Force onWomen in /architecur

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    • Jim Morgan NYC, NY
      • 9 months ago

      This is a matter of equity.

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