Louise Sheridan and Jade Meeks were invited by the University of Liverpool to join a panel discussion about the role of Women in Architecture and celebrate the achievements of female graduates of Liverpool School of Architecture. During the evening, a panel of alumni from across the decades discussed their work and their time at the University.
Women have excelled at the Liverpool School of Architecture since the beginning. From its early days the school accepted female students. As early as 1925, student Frances Thelma Silcock was awarded the highest national prize; the RIBA Silver Medal. Head of School at the time Professor Charles Reilly advocated architecture as a career for women. This was also a concern for the student body, illustrated by Hazel Darracot’s article making the case for women architects in 1937. Through the 20th century the numbers of women students grew to reach the 50:50 in-take today.
The event, held the on the eve of International Women’s Day, brings together in conversation for the first time women who graduated from the school over several decades, starting from the 1940s.