BWAF premiers new film: Unknown New York: The City That Women Built

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The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) says it will host a premiere event for the first public showing of Unknown New York: The City That Women Built a new film by Beverly Willis on June 6, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd St. in New York City.

The film highlights the many projects of New York City, both past and present, where the principal professionals are women.

The news release announcing the event says: “Once anonymous to the many inhabitants of this bustling city, Unknown New York introduces us to the female architects, designers, engineers and developers whose legacies envelop us today. It includes the works of star designers such as Jeanne Gang, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, Liz Diller and Zaha Hadid and prominent engineers including Aine Brazil, vice-president of Thornton Tomasetti and Sabrina Kanner, executive vice-president, design and construction of Brookfield Properties and MaryAnne Gilmartin, founder and CEO of L&L MAG, the film reveals not only the skyscrapers, but also the bridges, gardens, subways and many other structures built by women that give New York City its rich and complex urban fabric.”

Following the 17-minute film, there will be a question and answer session with Willis, the writer and director of the film and founder of BWAF.

For more information or to register for the event, please email Cynthia Kracauer at or (212) 577-1200 and visit the organization’s website at


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