While the seeming lack of women in architecture has been well-documented, women are making waves in all levels of the field. Madame Architect is a platform celebrating women in architecture from different generations, countries, and corners of the industry. Some are just beginning their career while others own their own firms. Some stand out for their research, others for their technical prowess, and others for the success they’ve had building a firm with an impact.
Originating as a guest series on ArchiteXX's online journal Sub_teXXt, Madame Architect is designed to encourage young women considering entering this industry by showing the myriad of choices they have in crafting a meaningful career. The ultimate goal for Madame Architect is that everyone who is looking at the site is able to find encouragement and guidance for their own pursuits, and empathy and understanding for the pursuits of others.
Working in the built environment and dedicated to the empowerment, advancement, and visibility of the women who work in it, Julia Gamolina is the Founder and Editor of Madame Architect where she has published to date 60 interviews with women who advance the practice of architecture. She is also currently handling business development at FXCollaborative, focusing on mission-driven institutional projects, is a Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group, and is a Founding Member of The Wing, a network of community spaces for women.
Julia started her career working on headquarters for tech and media companies with A+I, and on high end residential projects with Studio V. Her student positions have taken her to Brazil and Austria, where she also worked on cultural projects. Julia received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University, graduating with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for exceptional merit in the thesis of architecture for her thesis on headquarters for the Burberry brand. Recent speaking engagements have included presentations at Harvard, Cornell, Yale, and the Pratt Institute. Read Julia's interview on the how and why of Madame Architect, by Nicole Dosso, here.