On June 6, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation will premiere its fifth film titled “Unknown New York: The City That Women Built.” The 17-minute documentary shines a spotlight on women who worked in integral roles—either as architects, builders, and engineers—on the construction of some of the projects that have come to define New York City’s skyline and the history of American architecture.
The premise for the film grew out of challenge the foundation posed to New Yorkers: identify 100 buildings that were designed and constructed with women at the helm of the project. The foundation counted 350 structures were nominated—from skyscrapers to bridges, from gardens to houses. The film highlights some of these women and their work in an attempt to reconstruct the narrative of the city’s storied built-environment—and, hopefully, inspire increasing diversity in practice.
The “Unknown New York” premiere will begin at 6 p.m. on June 6 at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City.