Most successful women in architecture

At the Furniture Union, we love success stories in architecture and we find our inspiration in amazing design projects. Today, we present the most successful women in architectural history.

1/ ZAHA HADID

Zaha Hadid was the first woman in History to have win a Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and she received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2012. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950. She designed the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain and the contemporary arts center in Ohio, USA.  Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterized by the "powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with "multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life"


2/ Kazuyo Sejima

Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect known for her work in clean modernist elements designs. In 1995, she created SANAA, a Tokyo studio which designed notable innovative design as the New Museum of contemporary art in New York or the Serpentine Pavilion in London.


3/ JULIA MORGAN

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was the first woman in History to have been graduated from The Graduate School of beaux arts in Paris. She designed more than 700 houses, churches, office building and hospital including the famous Hearst Castle. Morgan embraced the Arts and Crafts Movement and used various producers of California pottery to adorn her buildings. She is the first woman to have won the AIA Gold Medal (posthumously) in 2014.


4/ Julie Eizenberg

Julie Eizenberg with her husband has found the Koning Eizenberg Architects (KEA) in 1981 and has been demonstrating architectural excellence in the design of many tight budget, affordable housing projects and community buildings.


5/ Victoria Meyers

Founder of Hanrahan Meyers Architects, Victoria Meyers is well known for projects including public institutional buildings, urban master plans, and award-winning residential projects.


6/ Marion Griffin

Marion Griffin was the first licensed architect in the world! Despite the fact that she was working in the shadow of her male collaborator, Architectural writer Reyner Banham whom called her the "greatest architectural delineator of her generation".

Tips that everyone should remember when they are painting their house.

What a difficult task to choose the right colour when you are (re)designing your home! Indeed, there are plenty of paint colours with various tints, tones and shades, and if it wasn’t hard enough each one looks different from home to home.

Fortunately, at the Furniture Union, we know some tricks which will help you to find the right colour for your interior.

1/ Go for light and neutral colours

Especially if you are painting a bedroom or room where flow is important. Light colours allow you to be more flexible in your decoration and switch your accessories easily. Moreover it will make the room look larger (Adding a mirror will also create an optical illusion and your room will look bigger).

However if you really want go for dark colour make sure you use good effective lighting, white framed prints or mirrors.

 

2/ Accent Wall & Colourful details

If you are afraid to choose the wrong colour, you can compromise by painting a single accent wall. In that way, you get quick results by limiting the square footage. You can also add some colourful details on your radiators or windows.

3/ Choose the paint colour at the end and test it

It seems stupid as paint is usually the first thing you will pick. But we highly recommend to choose the furniture you like first. Picking your furniture first will help you to picture the style that you want and so the colour will follow afterwards to best compliment your space. Feel free to experiment colours in small doses and work with the light under both natural and or artificial light.

Conclusion

At the end, you should choose colours that you like. Your home say a lot about your personality and will dictate your mood.