Frau Architekt

In the right quarter of the image the text "Frau Architekt" is written in white letters on an orange background. The rest of the image is a collage of black and white photographs. These show various architectural works and designs as well as women architects at work. © Goethe-Institut Zypern

The Frau Architekt exhibition in Nicosia presented the work and personal portraits of 11 female Cypriot architects, in addition to the 22 female German architects originally presented at the DAM (German Architecture Museum) in Frankfurt, in 2017.
© Goethe-Institut Cyprus

The expansion of Frau Architekt in Nicosia, constituted the first dedicated exhibition celebrating the work of women architects from Cyprus. The exhibition connected to a global movement which discusses and highlights the valuable contributions of female architects who are transforming the field. This exhibition aimed to open the discussion and enable local experts to engage in this conversation.

Moreover, the exhibition celebrated architecture as a diverse practice which creates a positive impact on society. It featured works ranging from designed and realized projects, to academia, activism, social engagement, entrepreneurship, sustainability, urbanism, and preservation.

A conscious effort was made to select and showcase Cypriot female architects from different periods, as well as different fields within the profession of architecture. While it was the first exhibition focused on female architects in Cyprus, it was not to be viewed as a comprehensive or historical presentation. The portraits featured individuals and partnerships working on either side of the divide and/or closely collaborating across it. Such collaborations are in themselves a political statement and a step towards peacebuilding. The exhibition also showcased for the first time the work of Maro Efthymiades-Adjini, the first known Cypriot female architect, who graduated in 1960. She opened the way for other contemporaries such as Solmaz Feridun (1961), Eleni Romanou Demetriadou (1969), Androula Demetriou (1970) and Sevim Altan (1972).

The Cypriot architects presented in the exhibition were Maro Efthymiades-Adjini, Meltem Nalbantoğlu, Sevina Floridou, Margarita Danou, Esra Can Akbil, Münevver Özgür Özersay, Christiana Ioannou, Athina Papadopoulou, İlkay Feridun, Veronika Antoniou, and Simzer Kaya.

The Curators of the Cypriot Chapter:
Müge Riza and Teresa Tourvas

Women in Architecture – the Cypriot context

Retrospective on a fishbowl discussion

The Goethe-Institut Cyprus is one of a number of organisations in Cyprus that has dealt and is dealing with the subject of gender and gender equality. From December 2021 until March 2022 it organised the exhibition Frau Architekt.

Around twenty people, most of which women, are sitting in fishbowl seating arrangement in an exhibition hall, where there are exhibition boards on the walls and on a scaffolding construction.  © Goethe-Institut

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