Women

Kildeskovshallen, 1966. Photo: Aage Strüwing © Jørgen Strüwing

Exhibition

May 5 – September 18, 2022

Get ready for never-before-told stories of women’s role in architecture when we open the doors to our “Women” exhibition in the summer of 2022.

In Denmark, we often pride ourselves on being ahead of the field when it comes to equal opportunity. But how equal are we really? How do today’s women architects experience equality in the profession? Do male and female architects have equal opportunities? If not, why not? Is it even a problem? And what positions are held in the debate?

Meet some of the women who helped to design Denmark through the years. You can also explore our spectacular installations created by some of the best female architects alive today and hear about the hopes and dreams of the younger generation for the architecture of tomorrow.

You won’t find any easy or definitive answers in this exhibition. Instead, it aims to spotlight the issue of equal opportunity, giving food for thought and promoting a desire to explore the fascinating world of architecture.

Photo: Laura Stamer, Female Forces

Women’s Building

A woman won an architecture competition for the first time in Danish history in 1934. The woman’s name was Ragna Grubb, and she must have had an iron will, because back then it was unheard of for a woman to run her own architectural studio.

​Kildeskovshallen Public Bath and Sports Center

Kildeskovshallen is considered to be one of the most beautiful public baths and sports centers in Danish post-war architecture. The refined technological architecture is the brainchild of architects Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen.

Photo: Laura Stamer, Female Forces

Women in Danish Architecture 1925–1975

The exhibition is inspired by a new research project from the University of Copenhagen that studies women’s contribution to Danish architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning; women who helped to design Denmark, yet many of whom were never written into the history books, stood in the shadow of a spouse, or whose names have been forgotten entirely. The story of the forgotten women starts in 1925, but is perfectly on topic today.

The research group is composed of Henriette Steiner, researcher and project manager; Svava Riesto, researcher and project manager; Jannie Rosenberg Bendsen, researcher and architecture historian; Frida Irving Søltoft, project assistant; Liv Løvetand, visual communication; and Mathilde Merolli, head of communication.

Developed by

​The exhibition is developed by Danish Architecture Center
The “laboratory” portion of the exhibition was developed in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen: Women in Danish architecture: A new history of gender and practice.
The exhibition is sponsored by Realdania.