This year we are supporting Part W, a campaign group working to change the way the architecture profession addresses gender discrimination. One way Part W is doing this is through the Gold campaign which demands more women are recognised by the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. The Gold campaign has crowdsourced a list of alternative winners stretching back to 1848, all women, for the coveted architecture prize, which each year is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “on the advancement of architecture".
When the Gold campaign began in 2019 – when only one woman, Zaha Hadid, had received the medal in her own right – Part W founder Zoe Berman said: “We are asking for there to be a greater level of thought around the criteria for the award and a questioning as to why, to date, so few women have been granted this accolade."
RIBA has subsequently awarded the 2020 medal to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects.