Special Issue of Arts Journal
The fourth feminist wave in which we are living is witnessing the emergence of new research on the history of women who have worked in traditionally male professions. This volume of Arts seeks to contrast the investigations developed by Spanish and Portuguese research centers regarding the history of women in architecture. The aim of this Special Issue is presenting different studies that deal with how women began to practice architecture in Spain and Portugal. Both countries share not only the Iberian Peninsula, but also a political situation that postponed the advent of democracy several decades in comparison with other European countries. They also shared lengthy totalitarian regimes that took their toll on women’s rights, as well as on their possibilities to practice technical professions.
This call for papers seeks for manuscripts that analyse architectural designs of female authorship—designed either individually or in mixed-gender teams—but which do so from a cultural and sociopolitical perspective that allows framing them within the progress of democratic values that allowed women to choose and freely develop the architect profession. This Special Issue welcomes works that relate to those legislative, political, cultural and social changes in Spain and Portugal from the 1960s to the 1980s that have led to women assuming leading roles in the many areas of architectural practice, be it construction, urban planning, urban design, landscape design, restoration, or interior design. Further, this issue of Arts seeks for texts that explore whether female authorship has influenced those designs in any way, be it because they apply a gender-based perspective, or/and because they feature innovations that differ from those of their male colleagues.