“I used to not like being called a woman architect. But I see the incredible amount of need from other women for reassurance…” – ZAHA HADID

Many women do not like themselves to be called ‘Women Designers or Artists’ as it gives a feeling of being compartmentalised.

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Many women do not like themselves to be called ‘Women Designers or Artists’ as it gives a feeling of being compartmentalised. However, those who can see the bigger picture are definitely changing this mindset and creating the difference for others. Zaha Hadid who initially didn’t like the idea of being called Woman Architect had said, “As a woman in architecture, you’re always an outsider.” She came to recognize her importance as a symbol. She understood it was important for her to be called a Woman Architect to be a Role Model for others who look up to her. “I used to not like being called a woman architect,” she said. “But I see the incredible amount of need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don’t mind that at all.” Thanks to her wise understanding & perseverance, the whole world now considers her as a Role Model.

Can you imagine what the world’s first female architect to win Pritzker Prize had to hear from press? The New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp called Zaha “a big, raucous peasant woman” whose “earthier appetites” leaned toward eating lamb testicles over reading books. Guardian reporter Stuart Jeffries called her miserable. Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times rudely questioned her if she deserved the prize. No other Pritzker Prize winner had ever been subjected to such a confrontational press response.

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman!” – Margaret Thatcher

Hadid rose above it all, including her inhibitions about being called a Woman Architect. Zaha won the Architects’ Journal’s inaugural Jane Drew Prize for her “Outstanding contribution to the status of women in Architecture” in 2012.

Tegan Bukowski, a former student of Zaha Hadid at the Yale School of Architecture, have been quoted saying that the office was rare in the profession not only because it was nearly equally split between men and women. Zaha though a role model herself has created more role models in the company by making sure that woman thrived. This can happen strongly when you are proud to be a Women Professional and equally responsible & sensitive about your Role as a Role Model towards other women.

“WADe Asia: Not just an event, but a movement!”

WADe believes Women in design have much more potential than what have been achieved so far. To leverage the potential of each other, there is a need to meet and network. Though social media and internet has enabled a wonderful world of connectivity, there is no better connecting than one-to-one meetings. Realizing that networking is not their top most priority while it is extremely significant, WADe Asia is contributing as a facilitator to bring women from art, architecture and interior design in a common platform.

WADe India is not about putting women in a separate box. WADe believes in showcasing possibilities and connects aspiring ones with the mentors – a celebration, and progression of women in design. It is about coming of industry together to celebrate work of women, irrespective of gender.


Objectives of WADe Asia:

  • Ensuring visibility of Women-led projects
  • Bridging Mentorship between Leading & Aspiring Designers
  • Standing by those who want to come back to the profession
  • Encouraging, Sharing & Learning through Research
  • Celebrating the Life, Work and Achievements of Women Architects, Artists & Designers
  • Rewards & Recognition


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