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Nerma Cridge, Anna Sokolina, Ed Frith, Yuri Avvakumov and Samantha Hardingham

In this launch, the editor of The Routledge Companion to Women of Architecture, Anna Sokolina, will provide an introduction to the volume as a whole, followed by a discussion of Nerma Cridge's chapter titled Restless: Drawn by Zaha Hadid, focusing on Hadid's immense drawn output, her education at the AA, the influences by the Soviet avant-garde and early drawings and paintings.

Invited speakers, including Ed Frith, Yuri Avvakumov and Samantha Hardingham will comment on the publication as well as on Hadid's legacy and more generally on the position of women in architecture.

Anna Sokolina is an architect, historian, curator, Founding Chair of Women in Architecture Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians and Co-Chair of SAH WiA Registers Committee, Board Honorary Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, and Advisory Board Member of The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture. Her over ninety publications include Architecture and Anthroposophy (editor, anthology 2001, 2010, 2019), and Life to Architecture: Milka Bliznakov Scholar Report (2019, 2021). She holds a doctorate in Theory and History of Architecture and Landmarks Preservation from VNIITAG branch of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, and a degree in Arts Administration from New York University School of Professional Studies, and was first independent woman curator of the itinerant Russian Paper Architecture exhibitions in Germany and France (1992–1993) and first lecturer from Russia invited after the collapse of the USSR by the European Academy of the Urban Environment ( Berlin) in the UNESCO program "Sustainable Settlements."

Ed Frith is a London-based architect and academic. Frith is a founder of an award-winning architectural practice Moving Architecture and the Course Leader of MA Architecture at The Arts University Bournemouth.
Yuri Avvakumov is an architect, artist and curator based in Moscow. Avvakumov is the author of Paper Architecture. An Anthology, the first comprehensive publication covering the history of this unique phenomenon of the Soviet 1980s of which he was a key member.

Samantha Hardingham is an independent designer, writer, and scholar with a breadth of experience across architecture and design including management, teaching and entrepreneurial projects. Her first book London: a guide to recent architecture launched the highly acclaimed ellipsis pocket guide book series in 1993. More recently she authored the two-volume Cedric Price Works 1952 – 2003: a forward-minded retrospective (AA/CCA, 2016) Hardingham is the Academic Director of London School of Architecture.

Nerma Prnjavorac Cridge grew up in Sarajevo and completed her education in architecture at Birmingham, the Bartlett and the Architectural Association. Since qualifying, she worked for a number of distinguished practitioners including Thomas Heatherwick and art2architecture. Her first monograph Drawing the Unbuildable, based on her PhD thesis at the Architectural Association (supervised by dr Marina Lathouri and Mark Cousins) on the Soviet avant-garde, was published by Routledge in 2015. Nerma currently teaches at the AA and several other UK universities, as well as running her art and design practice Drawing Agency. Recent publications include "Printing the Familiar" in Re:Print (2018), edited by Véronique Chance and Duncan Ganley, "Restless: Drawn by Zaha Hadid", in The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture (2021)edited by Anna Sokolina and forthcoming " Extreme Interiority" in Remote Practices: Architecture in Proximity (2021) edited by Matthew Mindrup and Lilian Chee. In 2019 she published Sarajevska Abeceda and Azbuka - two colouring books combining buildings of Sarajevo and letters of Bosnian alphabet - and initiated a tree planting programme, so far planting fifteen trees across the city. At present, she is working on her second monograph entitled The Politics of Abstraction on the monuments and secrets from former Yugoslavia, due to be published in early 2022.

Image: Zaha, Sketch by Madelon Vriesendorp, 1978.
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