Maria Quirk
Maria Quirk

Project Title: Designing the Modern Women: Space, Gender and Female Artistic Practice, 1880 - 1930

Principal Advisor: Dr Geoff Ginn

Project Abstract: In 1928, Elizabeth Whitworth Scott became the first British woman to design a large-scale public building, when her striking, modernist plan for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford won a public competition for the building’s design. Coming only eleven years after the Architectural Association first allowed women members, Scott’s achievement galvanised female architects, proving that women were capable of designing and delivering ambitious, modern and public architectural commissions. Taking Scott’s Memorial Theatre as its end point, this thesis will illuminate women’s road into the architectural profession by examining women’s interactions with fine art and design, and the increasingly professionalism of female art practice, between the years of 1880 and 1930.

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