Female Sustainable Architecture Practitioners

Anna Heringer (Anna Heringer Architecture), Germany

A strong belief that Architecture can improve lives with the abundance of locally available resources drives Heringer. The journey of her service to the marginalized communities began with volunteering for an NGO Dipshikha in Bangladesh where she learned about sustainable development which framed ideals for her practice. Through her projects, Heringer has sought to give local craftsmen and the local community confidence in their use of traditional building methods by originating the process of curation, integrating it with community participation over perfection.

For her, sustainability is synonymous with elegance, not only are sustainable buildings low impact but persist a tremendous aesthetic value. Harmony with the building site, techniques, materials, structure, user, socio-cultural context, and environment are constituents to foster joyful living. 

Anabdaloy Center, Bangladesh

This Building serves as a catalyst for the development and celebration of the beauty that diversity brings about. Constructed by local farmers out of mud and bamboo, Anabdaloy is dedicated to people with disabilities and textile workshops for fair fashion in collaboration with Dipshikha, increasing work opportunities for women in Bangladesh.

© Kurt Hoerbst

Anupama Kundoo (Anupama Kundoo Architects), India 

Kundoo’s journey to seek enlightenment began after she graduated from Mumbai and moved to the experimental city, Auroville where the ideas of rootedness with nature are deeply imbibed. Her philosophy says that the idea of sustainability is Integral to architecture being a synthesis of society, climate, and economy. Post industrialization the Humanscale designs have been lost and people have started designing for cars and machines. 

She thinks about the long-term impact of a structure as an entity that is going to outlive the architect’s life. Human resource is abundant and unlimited than natural resources, one should exploit their "mind, time and creativity", and we’ll grow clever in the end. She has lectured all over the world and runs two offices in India (Pune and Auroville) and one in Germany (Berlin). 

Wallhouse, Auroville, India

Architect’s own residence redefines a balance of transitions among the built/semi-open spaces, hi/low tech construction, and machine/hand-made production. Experimenting with low-impact building technologies are core ideas of the architect and have been efficiently made a part of every built element ranging from the terracotta vaulted roof to the perforated panels integrating the living areas with the surrounding landscape.

© Luis Callejas

Tran Thi Ngu Ngon (Tropical Space), Vietnam

This young lady is taking up the challenge of satisfying clients and convincing them for adapting sustainable practices with her state-of-the-art and unique designs on a budget. As a consequence of spending her childhood in a tropical environment, Ngon believes in the power of simplicity and has undertaken a mission is to inspire people to lead a simple life with optimum consumption levels through their sensitive buildings. 

The curation process of the studio’s sustainable architecture involves taking inspiration from every bit of nature, mitigating the effects of climate change by using local, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient techniques and resources. Buildings are generally made up of clay bricks and other environmentally responsive materials that do not increase the heat loads minimizing the demand for air-conditioning. 

Cuckoo House, Da Nang, Vietnam

Local clay brick is employed in this mixed-use building taking inspiration from a cuckoo clock, comprising of a café on the ground floor and the residence for a small family above. What makes this project stand out is the humble use of material to create semi-open buffers and the placement and layering of activities keeping the users in mind for a balance between solitude and collectives. 

© Oki Hiroyuki

Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang), America

Gang deems that more than cities or buildings, an architect is responsible for building relationships with nature, themselves, and humans. She is inspired by ecology and aims at creating a balanced ecosystem that sustains life and creates stronger relationships with her enterprise. She facilitates her drive towards community participation with simple material and masonry innovations that are user-friendly and easy on the environment. Studio Gang’s works range from cultural centers that invite a diverse audience, public projects that unite citizens with ecology to high-rise towers that nurture community interactions.

Aqua Tower, Chicago

This project was aimed to attract young urban professionals and empty-nesters new to the city. The challenge taken up by the studio was to curate an environment that allows people to get to know their neighbors despite the verticality. Ultimately, the shapes of the floor slabs were slightly transitioned, and balconies acted like social connectors, these were designed for thermal comfort by analyzing wind patterns.

© Hedrich Blessing

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