Built by Women New York City opens at the Center for Architecture

Built by Women is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment. Last fall, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) launched a public competition called Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC), to identify structures and environments created by women working in architecture, landscape, engineering and construction.

With over 350 unique nominations, the distinguished jury had a rich pool from which to select the 98 award-winning projects created by women. The diverse sites, located in all five boroughs of New York, reflect strong design, have historical or cultural significance, and positively impact their communities. The jury’s selections included transportation hubs, theatres, recycling centres, parks, community gardens, health-care systems, a new police-training academy, emergency services, and stunning restaurants—all designed, led and managed by women of all ages, making their mark on the city’s built environment and affecting our daily lives.

This competition and related exhibition are the beginning of a series of activities to shine a light on women and their impact on life in New York City. On International Women’s Day—Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, the Center for Architecture will also host #WikiD, a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon organized by ArchiteXX, an organization for women in architecture. The event invites the public to contribute new pages and expand on existing information about women designers, architects, and engineers in Wikipedia, the world’s largest source of free knowledge. Similar events will be taking place from Syracuse to Sydney.

The Center for Architecture is located at 536 LaGuardia Place in New York. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit http://bwaf.org/bxwnyc/.