Civil Engineering meets Architecture: A feminist approach on embracing diverse perspectives

November 23, 2023

Daria Kovaleva (ILEK)

Queens of Structure

Time: November 23, 2023
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We are delighted to announce that IntCDC researcher Daria Kovaleva (ILEK) is collaborating on the “Queens of Structure” project. “Queens of Structure“ is an exhibition dedicated to the outstanding achievements of female structural engineers worldwide. It highlights the work of talented women who have pushed the boundaries of architecture and construction with their innovative structures, showcasing the beauty and creativity that can be achieved through collaboration of women in these fields.



Architect Daria Kovaleva meets engineer Alicia Schrezenmeier (Strabag AG) in the panel discussion Civil Engineering meets Architecture: A feminist approach on embracing diverse perspectives on Thursday, 23 November at 7:00 p.m. in the lecture hall 7.03, Pfaffenwaldring 7, University of Stuttgart Campus Vaihingen. We asked Daria three questions about the importance of the topic and the upcoming event:

Why is the feminist perspective important in architecture?

At the evening event Civil Engineering meets Architecture: A feminist approach on embracing diverse perspectives, together with Alicia Schrezenmeier, an engineer and construction manager at Strabag AG, we will discuss the specificities of working as women in AEC. First, we will share our previous and current work experiences in practice and academia in Germany and abroad, including the interdisciplinary interaction within and beyond the project team, the roles women play in project planning and execution, and the specifics of their work approaches. We will then discuss with the audience why it is essential to consider feminist approaches to work, why this can be productive and how it can benefit the whole team and practice.

How can IntCDC researchers benefit from your area of research?

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody, as Jane Jacobs famously put it. Discussing a feminist perspective in architecture and construction is vital to creating more balanced, multifaceted and vibrant living and working environments. Having been educated in a traditionally male-dominated environment, a woman can consciously or subconsciously inherit many masculine constructs about how to approach work and how to present herself in a collective and in front of clients. For some, this can be a successful adaptation tactic. Still, it can be counterproductive for others, as prioritizing playing by rules you didn't create can be detrimental to both your professional and personal fulfilment and self-awareness. By discussing the specificities of feminist approaches, we could promote awareness and acceptance of different ways of addressing work tasks and setting priorities and value systems.

Who should definitely attend your talk?

We invite all colleagues to join us who are concerned about or affected by gender issues at work, who are interested in themes of traditional gender roles in various AEC fields and feel the need to change them, as well as those who practice and would like to share their perspectives on feminist approaches to achieving a more balanced, inclusive and enjoyable work environment in AEC.


Daria Kovaleva graduated in architecture from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 2009. From 2007 to 2014, she worked in various architectural and construction practices, including the offices of Werner Sobek AG in Moscow and Stuttgart, where she was involved in several projects at the interface between architecture and civil engineering. In 2014, she joined the team of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart in the field of lightweight concrete construction. Her work focuses on the development of digital design methods and sustainable production concepts for resource-efficient concrete structures. As part of her PhD, she is developing a zero-waste production process using recyclable sand formworks.



Civil Engineering meets Architecture: A feminist approach on embracing diverse perspectives


Daria Kovaleva
Alicia Schrezenmeier


23 November 2023   |   7:00 p.m.


Lecture hall 7.03, Pfaffenwaldring 7, University of Stuttgart Campus Vaihingen


From 25 October to 24 November 2023, the travelling exhibition “Queens of Structure” will be on display on thecampus at the University of Stuttgart. This shines a spotlight on the talent, passion and innovation of women in civil engineering. The exhibition encompasses everything from spectacular bridges and skyscrapers to sustainable infrastructures – the entire versatile spectrum that civil engineering has to offer. “Queens of Structure” can be viewed on the Stuttgart city center campus in the outdoor area of the K2 building at Keplerstraße 17. There will also be a special exhibition on the first floor of Pfaffenwaldring 7 on Campus Vaihingen from 9 October to 24 November, showcasing the outstanding achievements of female civil engineers who are closely associated with Stuttgart.

The travelling exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events initiated and supported by the Vice Rectorate for Diversity and Internationalization and Faculty 2: Civil and Environmental Engineering.


More Information:
Traveling exhibition: Women creating structures
Queens of Structure



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