The Arquitetas Invisíveis collective aims to promote the gender equality in the field of architecture and urbanism through the recognition and promotion of the life and work of female architects who weren’t recognized by history. Created by students of the School of Architecture and Urbanism from the Universidade de Brasília, this group first initiative was meant to increase the acknowledge of students and professionals of architecture and urbanism and, at the same time, to urge the debate about gender equality in the professional and academic fields.
The Arquitetas Invisíveis has officially begun in March 8th, 2014, to honor the International Women’s Day, using Facebook to reach professionals and students of architecture from Brazil.
A few months after the web page release, we opened our first physical exhibit, showing the research produced by us. Along with the exhibit, there were organized roundtable discussions, workshops, movies and documentaries exhibitions, which aimed better comprehension of the dynamic between gender equality and professional acting, in other words, the role of women in architecture.
In March 2015, in honor to the women’s month, the collective Arquitetas Invisíveis along with the ArchDaily site published (in Portuguese, English and Spanish) a compiled about the extension of our research, promoting 48 women.
December 2013: first brainstorm about the creation of a group that would discuss about the gender equality in the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidade de Brasília.
January 2014: The beginning of the research and data collection.
February 2014: The beginning of the layout project and logo design, also the name picking: Arquitetas invisíveis.
March 2014: The release of the Facebook page, chosen to promote the 21 female architects who were researched.
August 2014: begins the organization of the physical exhibit and the Arquitetas Invisíveis’s Week.
November 2014: Opening of the physical exhibit presenting 26 architects which was seen by more than 600 persons during a week. The Arquitetas Invisíveis’s Week happened along with the exhibit and featured many activities in the area of architecture and gender equality. Both activities took place in the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de Brasília.
March 2015: The publication along with the ArchDaily site, bringing 48 women in honor to the women’s day. This was the collective’s first publications in English and Spanish, also in the Archdaily sites.