The AJ Women in Architecture Awards are now open for nomination submissions for three categories, the Jane Drew Prize open to architects and non-architects, the Woman Architect of the Year award which aims to recognise excellence in design, thought and leadership and the Award for Emerging Woman Architect of the Year which will focus on achievements in 2012.

The Awards were launched in January of this year to raise awareness about equal pay and also to present role models for young women in practice through talks and events. A survey posted on the Women in Architecture website said that 48 per cent of women in architecture thought they would be paid more if they were a man and 11 per cent said they experience sexual discrimination at least once a week.

The Awards accept submissions from both architects and non-architects who influence the wider architectural industry. Candidates are required to write a 500-word statement outlining the candidate’s contribution to the status and profile of women in architecture.

The 2012 Jane Drew Prize was awarded to Zaha Hadid, while joint winners Cindy Walters and Mich├íl Cohen of Walters& Cohen took home the Woman Architect of the Year award with Hannah Lawson, director of John McAslan + Partners named Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

Deadline for entries is 11 January 2013 with winners to be announced at the annual AJ Women in Architecture luncheon held on the 22 March at the Langham Hotel, London.

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