Claire Weisz, Mabel O. Wilson, Dana Cuff, Sharon Johnston, and Toshiko Mori. Photo: Architectural Record.

Women in Architecture Award Winners Announced

Architectural Record announced today the five honorees of this year’s Women in Architecture Awards: Toshiko Mori, Sharon Johnston, Claire Weisz, Mabel O. Wilson, and Dana Cuff. The award, now in its sixth year, recognizes women’s leadership in the categories of design leader, new generation leader, innovator, activist, and educator.

Mori, the first woman to be tenured at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, was recognized in the category of design leader. John King, the San Francisco Chronicle’s architecture critic and member of the award’s independent jury, told the New York Times that her work was an example of the “absolute mastery of craft.”

Johnston—the cofounder of the firm Johnston Marklee, whose projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston and the Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios at the University of California, Los Angeles—was recognized as a new generation leader.

Weisz, whose projects in public spaces include the post–Hurricane Sandy renovation and redesign of the Rockaway Beach boardwalks, was recognized with the innovator award; she is the founder and principal of the New York–based firm WXY.

Dana Cuff, a professor of architecture at UCLA and the founding director of the urban research group cityLAB, received the activist award for her research and legislative advocacy for affordable housing.

Mabel O. Wilson, a professor of architecture and African American studies at Columbia University, won the educator award. In addition to being a founder of the firm Studio &, she is a founding member of the collective Who Builds Your Architecture?, which advocates for fair labor practices on building sites. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

The other members of the jury were Rosalie Genevro, executive director of the Architectural League, and architects Jill Lerner of KPF, Jing Liu of SO-IL, and Tomas Rossant of Ennead.