02/20/2013 08:05 am ET

Zaha Hadid’s Candid Critique On Misogyny Against Women Architects

Responding to research on discrimination against women architects, Zaha Hadid, one of the top female architects and the first woman to be honored with the Pritzker Prize (an incredibly prestigious award in the industry), has stated that she herself experienced difficulties in working in the United Kingdom.

In an interview with the Observer, she stated: "It is easier for me in European countries than it is here [in London]. There is a different dynamic. In the UK it is more difficult. They are very conservative. There is a skepticism and more misogynist behaviour here. Although, while there were people against me, there were also people living here who were incredibly supportive." She apparently was encouraged more to take on residential projects than commercial (she added that "I am sure that as a woman I can do a very good skyscraper.") and felt that women were directed to work more on "interior shapes."