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10 European female architects we follow on Instagram

30 of October '19

In today's episode of our "Coffee Break" series, we present ten European female architects whose studios we follow on Instagram... and more. In the review, we mention designers from the UK, Spain, Denmark, France, Ireland, and wonderful Polish female architects... we will devote an entire issue of A&B next year!

Lucía Cano

We start with an exception, because the SelgasCano studio does not have an official account on Instagram, but under the hashtag #SelgasCano you will find amazing photos. No wonder - the colorful realizations of the duo of Spanish architects are extremely photogenic. Lucía Cano is the co-founder of the only Spanish studio invited to design a temporary pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery.

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Photo credit: Asier Rua © El País Semanal

Odile Decq

Architect of the French Studio Odile Decq, with whom she won the Golden Lion at the 1996 Venice Biennale for her set design of the French Pavilion. Decq, who is sometimes described as a "punk rock architect," founded the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture architecture school in 2014.

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara

The architects founded Grafton Architects in Dublin in 1978. In 2018 they curated the Venice International Architecture Biennale, and next year they will be honored with a Royal Gold award from the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British Queen. You can find the Irish studio's Instragram account here.

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Amanda Levete

The founder of London-based studio AL_A. Among other projects, the architectural firm has designed a new entrance, courtyard and gallery for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon.

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Dorte Mandrup

She is a Danish architect and the founder of a studio signed with her own name. The studio's website reads that Dorte Mandrup is known for her artistic flair and experience in solving complex problems - offering solutions that are playful, innovative and poetic. You can read about the design of the new cultural center in Karlskrona on our portal .

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Sheila O'Donnell

In 1988, Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey founded the O'Donnell +Tuomey studio in Dublin. In 2010, O'Donnell became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, and her work on that occasion was described as "thoughtful and inspired, rigorous and singular."

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Carme Pigem Barceló

Together with Ramón Vilalta and Rafael Aranda, he has been creating the Spanish studio RCR Arquitectes since 1988, awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2017.

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Eva Prats

Since 1998, she has co-founded the Barcelona-based Flores & Prats studio with Ricardo Flores, which combines design with intensive academic work. Their work has been regularly exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale since 2012.

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Benedetta Tagliabue

Italian architect who co-founded the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Barcelona in 1991 with Enrico Miralles. One of the most recognizable projects she has worked on is Barcelona's Santa Caterina Market. On our portal you will find another project of the architect - the Kálida Sant Pau center in Barcelona.

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And who would you add to this list? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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