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UNKNOWN NEW YORK – THE CITY THAT WOMEN BUILT is Beverly Willis’, FAIA, fifth film to be released over the last 8 years. The film rights the wrong of the history of architecture being written with women under-represented or unrepresented. UNKNOWN NEW YORK will introduce and celebrate the women of Gotham who have played integral roles in the creation of our built environment. The work of female architects, builders, engineers, their clients and the impact it has had on our city will be chronicled. It is the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s hope that once the film is completed, young women (and men!) will be encouraged by these creative women and inspired to join in re-writing the history books to include a broader narrative, and even to become architects themselves.  

BEVERLY WILLIS ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION

After 35 years of architectural practice leading her own firm, Beverly Willis, was astounded and dismayed to discover that women were not represented in the architecture history books. In 2000, believing that the future is based on the past, she contacted architectural historians Diane Favro, Ph.D. and Lian Mann, Ph.D. who shared her concern. Joined by Heidi Gifford, together they provided the research that led to the formation in 2002 of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization—with the mission of advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture. Initially organized as a grant giving non-profit, the BWAF supported research that would expand knowledge about women’s contributions to twentieth-century American architecture by uncovering their lost histories and restoring them to the historical record. It now also embraces issues specific to women currently working within the building industry. To this end, BWAF both commissions and curates research that pertains to women working at all levels within all fields of practice —including architecture, engineering, construction, design, landscape, preservation, and planning.  

WRITER & DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

Beverly Willis FAIA (b. 1928) is recognized for her invaluable contributions to the building profession in the realms of design, planning, and practice, through research, innovation, leadership, and filmmaking. Willis’s influence on the built environment spans her development of new technologies in architecture, urban planning, public policy, and her leadership activities on behalf of architects, and particularly women architects. She recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA California. (2017), the New York Construction Award for public service (2015), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Women in Construction, among many others. Beverly Willis currently resides in Connecticut and remains deeply involved with the non-profit advocacy and educational group she founded, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. Her first film, A GIRL IS A FELLOW HERE – 100 WOMEN ARCHITECTS IN FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S STUDIO was created in celebration of the Guggenheim Museum’s 50th Anniversary, and has become a world-renown phenomenon. Beverly Willis’ films have been screened internationally, including premiers at four film festivals.

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