With the Instagram page @WomeninArchitectureBelgium, several Belgian architecture organizations are joining forces to create a platform for women in the architecture sector. Weekly, a hostess will take over the account and offer an insight into her experiences in the field. The often underexposed role of women in design practice, but also in architectural policy, research and education will be put in the spotlight.
Inspired by an initiative from Britain (Instagram account @women_in_architecture_ni), to which architect Tine Broos (KRAS architects) was invited, Tine approached a number of architecture organizations with the idea of creating a similar platform for Belgian architects. Currently seven organizations are working on this initiative: Association des architectes d'intérieur, CIVA, Federation of Architectural Associations of Belgium, Institut Culturel d'Architecture Walonnie Bruxelles, Netwerk Architecten Vlaanderen, Union des Femmes Architectes de Belgique, Union Wallonne des Architectes, Flanders Architecture Institute.
Every invited woman will take over the Instagram account for six days, posting content daily about herself and her life as an architect, her firm, the architectural profession, her inspirations, etc. Starting with the launch of the account on International Women's Day, on March 8, 2021, these takeovers will run for 52 weeks. By featuring 52 women in this way, we aim to showcase the broad experience of women in architecture and provide a platform for the, often underexposed, role they play in the architectural field.
The project partners drew up a longlist of possible names. From this list, 52 women were selected. These are not only architects, but also women from the broad architectural practice: women who are active in education, in public functions, as photographers, curators, designers, etc.
There are more than enough inspiring women to feed the account in the coming years.
In addition, Oana Bogdan, Chantal Dassonville, Wivina Demeester and Sabine Leribaux are happy to support this initiative as its ambassadors.