Although the response by the Pritzker jury to Women in Design’s petition – to acknowledge the work of Robert Venturi’s wife and creative partner Denise Scott Brown – was disappointing, the Harvard GSD group is not going to give up. And it’s expanding its efforts to keep a spotlight on the issue of equity in the design fields with a new website.
WID’s petition with 18 thousand-signatures prompted some deliberation by the Pritzker jury and a letter from chair Peter Palombo that said in part, “a later jury cannot re-open, or second guess the work of an earlier jury, and none has ever done so.” WID shot back a reply, also posted on its new website Design for Equality, which is aimed at mobilizing a network of designers interested in promoting equality in the field. The website is a container for the wider conversations that the petition has sparked about collaboration, diversity and inclusion.
In addition to the website, WID is planning lunchtime discussions with female GSD grads (co-hosted with Career Services) and “Partners in Crime” events featuring women who work in equal partnership with men in design. Planning is also underway to host a top secret guest: the unofficial “grandmother” of WID. More details to follow.