The professional non-profit organisation Women Architects aims to bring together, promote and support women in the fields of architecture, design, construction and urban planning. After organising numerous exhibitions, discussions and lectures in Slovakia and Czech republic, the association already succeeds to reach an awareness. “Are the Women Architects [in]visible?” This is the question raised behind the initiative to exhibit selected works of various Slovak architects, often fighting prejudice and discrimination.
Andrea Klimko and her colleague with Mariann Simon and Júlia Őry.
The event was placed into the historic centre of Budapest, in the enigmatic premises of the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, which at that time hosted also several other exhibitions. The venue, a former vault in the basement, emanated a feeling of roughness, preserved in the greyish, uneven surfaces of the walls, the industrial lighting choice and the stylish simplicity of the space. The pleasant contrast of the rough environment and the elegant designs exhibited in it was meant to deliver a message; behind the soft soft shapes and precisely crafted details of the projects, there is an immense amount of hard work, tedious tasks and difficulties to overcome.
The exhibition was opened by Júlia Őry (the curator and gallery manager of FUGA), with a following introduction the Women Architects association made by the architect Andrea Klimko (the founder of the NGO – WOMEN ARCHITECTS) and her team, and finally the speech made by Mariann Simon, a respected Hungarian architect and professor. A free discussion afterwards gave the opportunity for comparing and forming opinions on various ideas touching the topic. Among the guests of the event appeared the Slovak photographer Martin Kleibl, at the time launching the exhibition Petržalka: The largest communist housing estate in Central Europe, the Hungarian architect Judit Halmágyi Z. (known for projects in Bali, Copenhagen and a cooperation with the Dutch architect, Erick van Egeraat) and the director of the Slovak Institute in Budapest.
Architect Andrea Klimko, Director of AKA Architects and Judit Halmágyi, Director of ZHJ Architects.
The director of the Slovak Institute in Budapest Gabriel Hushegyi and his wife, with Andrea Klimko.
Júlia Őry, the gallery manager, with Bálint Nagy, the creative director of FUGA and Andrea Klimko with her team.
Andrea Klimko with Mariann Simon, who held the opening speech.