January 27, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Architects’ Journal, a leading architectural publication in Britain, has revealed the finalists for both the 2015 Woman Architect of the Year and the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Awards. Ten up-and-coming stars have made it onto the shortlist for the AJ’s fourth Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. Betsy Williamson, partner at Williamson Chong Architects in Toronto, Canada, is the only woman from North America on the list.
“Architecture mediates between people and the world around them. I am honoured to be a member of this distinguished group of women who work so hard to make beautiful and engaging spaces,” said Williamson, Partner, Williamson Chong Architects.
The winner will be announced at the Women in Architecture Awards Luncheon on Friday February 27, 2015 at Claridge’s in London.
The Emerging Woman Architect of the Year 2015 shortlist includes: Laura Highton, architect at Purcell; Jillian Jones, team leader at DRDH Architects; Sally Lewis, founding director of Stitch; Katy Marks, director of Citizen Design Bureau; Marta Pelegrin, co-director of Mediamundo Arcquitectos; Chloe Phelps, deputy team leader of placemaking team at Croydon Council; Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease, and Jessica Reynolds, founders of vPPR; and Betsy Williamson, partner at Williamson Chong Architects.
The Woman Architect of the Year 2015 shortlist includes: Joanna Bacon, partner at Allies and Morrison; Teresa Borsuk, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards; Rachel Haugh, partner at Simpson Haugh and Partners; Gonca Pasolar, partner at Emre Arolat Architects; Carme Pinos, founder of Estudio Carme Pinosl Cristina Segni, partner at Foster + Partners; and Clare Wright, partner at Wright & Wright.
Williamson Chong Architects explores architectural craft through the synthesis of new technology with traditional methods of construction. They strive to create well-detailed modern environments that shape positive and engaging experiences. The work of Williamson Chong has been recognized with numerous awards for design innovation and excellence. Most recently, the practice was selected by the Architecture League of New York for its 2014 Emerging Voices Award and were the recipients of the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award.