Women In Design is a student group at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. In March 2013, WID initiated a petition to grant equal recognition to Denise Scott Brown, for her exclusion from the Pritzker Prize, which her equal partner Robert Venturi won in 1991. The campaign has generated a huge amount of discussion throughout the design world with regards to the changing nature of the profession and the increasingly collaborative nature of architecture. In June 2013, in direct response to the mass amount of support the petition generated, the AIA passed a motion to expand the AIA Gold Medal to include more than one recipient in support of joint creativity. Read more about the Campaign here.
Women in Design has over 10 years of history at the GSD, and has organized lectures panels and a diverse range of events supporting the work of women in design. A re-launched in Spring 2013 began with Billie Tsien, Principal at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who joined the group for an intimate discussion. The group has also organized events with designers including Patricia Patkau, Canadian architect and co-founder of Patkau Architects. In collaboration with the Loeb Fellowship Program, WID hosted Loeb Fellow Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, whose brilliant lecture titled “Women and the Changing World of Architecture,” can be viewed here.