September, 2023

Introducing … the ‘HER STORY’ series. Starting September 16th we’ll be profiling and interviewing extraordinary women from all over the world working in architecture, art, and design. Make sure to check our Linkedin and Instagram page to keep up with the announcement before publication. You can read the articles here on our website

July, 2023

What a ride!

Credit: @anja_matzker

It‚Äôs only been two years since DIVIA was created and we already have a first winner! ūü§©

We would like to use this milestone as an opportunity to thank our donors, team, the jury, advisory board and board of trustees members, ambassadors and, of course, the nominees and finalists of the first award cycle. We couldn‚Äôt have done it without your unwavering support. It‚Äôs been a true pleasure and we can‚Äôt wait to see where the journey takes us next. THANK YOU! ūüíę

ALSO: 19.07. is the LAST day to visit our exhibition at BDA Wechselraum in Stuttgart, so go check it out. Our Chair Ursula Schwitalla will be presenting her book ‘Women in Architecture’ at 7pm.


July, 2023

Divia award 2023 exhibition at BDA Wechselraum in Stuttgart:

10 July 2023 – 19 July 2023

After a successful run at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin, the divia award 2023 intermedial exhibition, featuring interviews and the works of the five finalists Marta Maccaglia, May al-Ibrashy, Tosin Oshinowo, Noella Nibakuze, Liza Fior & Katherine Clarke is ready to travel further to Stuttgart. It will take place at BDA Wechselraum, in collaboration with BDA Baden-W√ľrttemberg and the Internationale Bauaustellung 2027 Stadtregion Stuttgart (IBA’27) during the IBA‚Äô27 Festival.

EXHIBITION: 11‚ąí19 July 2023, TUESDAY‚ąíFRIDAY, 15‚ąí18:00 BDA WECHSELRAUM, Friedrichstra√üe 5, 70174 Stuttgart

OPENING: 10 July 2023, 19:00 with Dr. Ursula Schwitalla, DIVIA, Wolfgang Riehle, IBA‚Äô27 Friends e.V. and Liza Heilmeyer, B D A Baden-W√ľrttemberg. The event will feature a video message from the divia award 2023 winner Marta Maccaglia.

CLOSING: 19 July 2023, 19:00 with Karin Lang, IBA‚Äô27, and Bernita Le Gerrette, B D A Baden-W√ľrttemberg and a book presentation on ‚ÄěWomen in Architecture‚Äú by Ursula Schwitalla.

Curated by Anja Menge, Katerine Witte
Graphic design by Anja Matzker

May 19th, 2023

And just like that … DIVIA’s first award cycle is complete!

Credit: Nicanor García

Our reception, one day before the official beginning of the Biennale, successfully took place on 19 May at 6pm at BERÜHRUNGSPUNKTE at Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice. DIVIA’s founder Ursula Schwitalla started off the evening with a presentation about the organization and where it’s headed in the future. Four of the five finalists Liza Fior, Noella Nibakuze, Tosin Oshinowo, as well as the winner Marta Maccaglia were present and spoke about their individual architectural mission. (Unfortunately, May al-Ibrashy and Liza Fior’s studio partner Katherine Clarke could not be present.) The jury member Martha Thorne spoke on the behalf of the entire jury (also including Rahul Mehrotra, Odile Decq, and Sol Camacho, stating its role and approach in the decision-making process. She also pointed out the extraordinary effect the finalists’ work has had on architecture in their respective contexts.

The reception also included a brief presentation of the catalogue (which can be purchased online at the Hatje Cantz’s website), as well as the exhibition dedicated to all five finalists. After its successful first run in Berlin, it will now travel to BDA Wechselraum, Stuttgart (opening: 10 July 2023).

We are very grateful for this successful completion of the first cycle and are very much looking forward to the next round!

May 6th, 2023

And the winner of the first divia award is… Marta Maccaglia!

“We chose Marta Maccaglia as the winner because we were impressed with the consistency of her architectural attitude to her projects, from small to large scale, while every project is also reflective of the local culture and particularities of the place. Working in underserved geographies, she creates buildings that can respond to the dynamic needs of the community with a generous spirit, humanist approach, and courageous attitude. Since coming to Peru, she has become part of her adoptive country as an equal. In 2014, she founded the NGO Semillas to be more critically and cooperatively embedded in the local context and to help in understanding local materials,” said the jurors Martha Thorne and Sol Camacho when they announced their decision. Felicitaciones Marta!!!

April 2023

We are getting ready to announce the winner of the first divia award on May 6, 2023 in Berlin. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the award ceremony where we will feature all five finalists and their exciting work and celebrate the winner, with a reception to follow. 

The event is free of charge. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and takes place at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin. 

Please make sure to rsvp  at:

We are getting ready to announce the winner of the first divia award on May 6, 2023 in Berlin. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the award ceremony where we will feature all five finalists and their exciting work and celebrate the winner, with a reception to follow. 

The event is free of charge. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and takes place at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin. 

Please make sure to rsvp  at:

In addition, we are going to celebrate the winner of the divia award at the beginning of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition ‚ÄĒ La Biennale di Venezia. The divia award winner, the finalists, and jury members Martha Thorne, Odile Decq, Sol Camacho, and Rahul Mehrotra will all be present.

You are cordially invited to join us for this event which takes place on May 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Palazzo Contarini Polignac ‚ÄĒ Ber√ľhrungspunkte Meeting Point, Venice.¬†

 Register for free at: (please choose May 19). 

We hope to see you there!

March 2023

Dear all, happy International Women’s Day‚ÄĒ what better occasion than to announce our five finalists for the divia award 2023? The high-profile jury, consisting of Martha Thorne, Sol Camacho, Odile Decq, and Rahul Mehrotra, has selected the following women architects:

Tosin Oshinowo (Nigeria)

May al-Ibrashy (Egypt)

Marta Maccaglia (Peru)

Noella Nibakuze (Rwanda)

Katherine Clarke & Liza Fior (UK)


SAVE THE DATE: At the end of March 2023, the jury members will gather in Berlin (Sol Camacho and Rahul Mehrotra will join via Zoom) to choose the winner, who will be announced at the award ceremony on 6 May at 6pm at the ANCB The AEDES Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin (Christinenstraße 18-19).

On the occasion of the 18th Architecture Biennale in Venice, there will also be a DIVIA reception on 19 May 2023, taking place at 6pm at BER√úHRUNGSPUNKTE in the Palazzo Contarini-Polignac (Sestiere Dorsoduro, 874).

To attend the events, please register directly via abc works:

February 2023

Current Press release

January 2023

Nominees Award 2023

December 2022


The Advisory Board members have submitted their nominees for the 2023 award, and we could not be more thrilled with the selection! 


Patricia Anahory

Nzinga Bi Mboup

Fatiya Diene Mazza

May al-Ibrashy

Noella Nibakuze

Tosin Oshinowo

Ilze Wolff



Daliana Suryawinata

Marina Tabassum

Poonam Verma Mascarenhas

Zhang Xi

Tiantian Xu



Sarah Lynn Rees



Patrícia Barbas

Katherine Clarke and Liza Fior

Gabu Heindl

Anne Kaestle

Désirée Pedro

Helena Roseta

Margit Sichrovsky

Saikal Zhunushova



Naomi Darling

Lisa Iwamoto

Suchi Reddy



Sofia von Ellrichshausen

Marta Maccaglia

Viviana Pozzoli

Congratulations to all women architects!

Please follow our Instagram channel to learn more about the nominees ‚ÄĒ they will be communicated on the platform throughout the month of December.

The Jury has received the nominations and can now begin with the voting process. The five finalists will be announced in January 2023. Stay tuned!

October 2022

Invitation to the General Assembly 2022 
Dear members, this year’s annual general assembly will take place on 23rd November 2022, at 2 p.m. (UTC+2) in the office in 12047 Berlin, Maybachufer 24

ZOOM-Link for digital participation after your registration

June & July 2022

It‚Äôs been 12 months of excitement and hard work after launching DIVIA in June of last year. We would like to thank all the members who have become a part of our organization ‚Äď thank you for your constant dedication and unconditional support. We would also like to express our gratitude to our Chairs, Co-Founders, Jury Members, Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, Ambassadors, Donators and Strategic and Cooperation Partners for their individual and irreplaceable commitment to fostering positive change in architecture. Together we have embarked on a journey to promote the remarkable work of ambitious women by giving them a platform to be celebrated and acknowledged. We are quickly moving towards our first award ceremony in 2023, with the first nominations to be announced this summer. Stay tuned!

May 2022

‚ÄěWhere are the women architects?‚Äú

Written by Katinka Corts, the renowned World-Architects eMagazine published an article about DIVIA ‚Äď our important mission and the method behind it, revealing the protagonists leading the way to the first award ceremony in 2023. The story also features quotes from speeches held by the Chairs, Jury, Advisory Board members and Ambassadors at our launch event.

Thanks to John Hill @thearchidose        

> Click here to read the article 

April 2022, Berlin

What a beautiful and successful reception! At our yesterday’s launch event at the DAZ Berlin, we presented the distinguished Jury and Board members for the first two Divia Award terms 2023 and 2025. The musical accompaniment was provided by singer Noraa from Paris. Thank you!

Noraas Instagram 

March 2022, Berlin
Announcement Award, Jury and Boards!

February 2022, Berlin
Behind every success is a great TEAM!

It is with great pleasure that we would like to thank our wonderful team for their dedication and commitment to DIVIA: drive, loyalty and individual skills are what connect and inspire us daily! We would like to seize the opportunity to introduce you to the protagonists behind the cause: graphic designer Anja Matzker ( has been in charge of DIVIA’s corporate identity, including logo development and print, since the beginning, IT professional Samar Maamoun ( implements said content on our website, journalist Veronika Lukashevich ( produces and supervises editorial content on our Instagram channel, Sabina Marreiros acts as a consultant, launches and supervises social media campaigns with our media partner, Vivian Schatz ( dutifully manages our membership administration, and last but not least: our legal advisor Jens Poll ( tirelessly guides us through the thickets of the non-profit world. Thank you to all for their efforts: Chair Ursula Schwitalla ( + Deputy Chair Christiane Fath (

January  2022
We are featured in Berengo Studio‚Äės latest newsletter!

There is nothing more motivating and empowering than starting a new year by appreciating the beautiful and crucial moments of 2021!

At the invitation of Fondazione Berengo and during the book launch of Women in Architecture, a project by our Chair Ursula Schwitalla, at the St. Regis Venice hotel back in August, we announced the creation of DIVIA. It was an honor to present our objective and goals in front of an inspiring audience.

Thank you to Fondazione Berengo for their support!

To become a member of our association, please fill out the form here: Application Form

Cover: Prune Nourry, Angelina Jolie, Adriano Berengo, Ai Weiwei

Support us by becoming a member!

An exciting year is coming to an end, and we have taken an important step towards launching a new international prize for women architects.

We want female architects to be properly recognized and rewarded for their contribution to our field. For this reason and along with an exceptional team, we have created Diversity in Architecture, an association that is already being supported by great members.

By becoming a member of our association and/or donating to our cause, you will help us promote respect and equality in architecture. Your membership and donation will play a crucial role in launching the first architecture prize for women in Germany in 2023!

Our warmest regards and best wishes,
Ursula Schwitalla and Christiane Fath

December 2021
We are happy to announce that we are now on Instagram @diversityinarchitecture_ev!

We welcome you to join us on our mission to increase the visibility of women in architecture. By following our account, you will receive a behind the scenes look into our journey, learn more about our members as well as the road towards our first international award ceremony for women architects in 2023.

If you‚Äėd like to share a photo with us, make sure to tag us in your post and use the hashtag #diversityinarchitecture_ev.

We hope to see you there

Venice, September 2021
17th Biennale Architettura: Diversity in Architecture e.V. + International Award for Women Architects

‚ÄúDiversity in Architecture‚ÄĚ, a non-profit organization founded in June 2021 in Berlin, announces on the occasion of the 17th Biennale Architettura in Venice, the creation of an international award for women architects.

During the book launch of WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE at the invitation of Fondazione Berengo, Venice, in the presence of the editor Ursula Schwitalla with her co-authors Odile Decq, Sol Camacho and Dirk Boll, the initiators of this new international award for women Dr. Ursula Schwitalla (art historian) and Christiane Fath (architect) explained the objective of this initiative: ‚ÄúThe aim is to support actively a greater gender balance between architects and to show and appreciate role models for the younger generation of women architects. The platform Diversity in Architecture will strengthen the visibility of women architects and foster synergies among each other.‚ÄĚ

Before starting the nomination process by the jury in 2022 Diversity in Architecture is looking for members of the association.

Application forms can be found under (become) Member

Venice, August 28th from left: Odile Decq, Founder /
Dr. Ursula Schwitalla BDA a.o., Chair /
Christiane Fath BDA a.o., Deputy Chair /
Dr. Dirk Boll, Founder © DIVIA

A new NPO has been founded on the 10th of June 2021

The founding members have established the rules of association of Diversity In Architecture. The former registrtion has been made in July and in August the tax authorities have confirmed the tax privilege as a non profit organisation.
‚ÄěWith Diversity In Architecture we have established a platform for an award dedicated to Women In Architecture. Our objective is to enhance visibility, equality and showing role models for Women Architects‚Äú.

Ursula Schwitalla and Christiane Fath announced the Beginning of this journey at the Festival Women In Architecture in Summer 2021 in Berlin.

Founding Diversity in Architecture e.V., Berlin June 10th 2021 /
from left: Dr. Ursula Schwitalla BDA a.o., Christiane Fath BDA a.o. /
Marc Kimmich, Prof. Jens Poll
on the screens: Odile Decq, Sol Cammacho, Anna Heringer, Dr. Dirk Boll, Angelika Fitz © DIVIA
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