From the Research Lab: Groundbreaking Female Architects
Marking International Women's Day, we focus on two groundbreaking female interior designers. The Vienna University of Technology only admitted women in 1919, and Helena Roth and Dora Gad were among the first women accepted as architecture students. After immigrating to Israel in the 1930s, they became the first female interior designers in the country, demonstrating an innovative approach. The lecture traces five decades of professional activity - in Vienna, during the British Mandate, and after the State of Israel's foundation.
Among Gad’s notable projects: the interior design of the Knesset building and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (for which she won the 1966 Israel Prize in Architecture, together with architect Al Mansfeld), the interior design of the first large hotels built in Israel (including Sharon and Hilton), the Israeli National Library in Jerusalem, El Al’s airplanes, and many of Zim’s passenger ships.
A lecture by Dr Sigal Davidi, architect and historian of modern architecture in Israel. Davidi's award-winning research focuses on the connection between architecture and gender. She is the recipient of various scholarships at leading universities worldwide, and her latest book, Building a New Land: Architecture and Women's Organizations during the Mandate, was recently published.