Untold Stories: Women, Gender, and Architecture in Denmark

November 22, 2023

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Room 306, Architecture Building, Carleton University

Speaker: Dr. Henriette Steiner


Free and open to the Carleton University community

The cover page of Untold Stories: Women, Gender, and Architecture in Denmark showing a collage featuring two women and a hand-drawn architecture.

Dr. Henriette Steiner, of the University of Copenhagen, will give a lecture on Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m. on the contribution of women to modern Danish design — from kitchens to urban planning.


The talk, based on her new co-written book, Untold Stories: Women, Gender, and Architecture in Denmark, takes place in Room 306 of the Architecture Building. Everyone is welcome.


The book gives an overall picture of the key contribution made by women to the architecture of Danish welfare society from 1930 to 1980, generally recognized as the classic period for modern Danish design.


“Women have contributed to all aspects of architecture, from kitchens and buildings to landscape architecture and urban planning, and their stories highlight the hidden diversity that has shaped Denmark’s buildings, cities, and landscapes,” say the authors.


“The importance of this diversity must be understood and appreciated in the present if we are to create new ways of living and building in the future – a pressing need in light of the many crises we face as a society today.”


The book was written by Jannie Rosenberg Bendsen, Svava Riesto and Henriette Steiner as part of the research project Women in Danish Architecture at the University of Copenhagen. It was published in 2023 by Strandberg Publishing.


Page 22 to 23 of Untold Stories: Women, Gender, and Architecture in Denmark showing two black and white photos
Page 128 to 129 of Untold Stories: Women, Gender, and Architecture in Denmark with a drawn illustration of a room.

About Henriettte Steiner

A photo of Henriette Steiner

Henriette Steiner is an Associate Professor and Head of Section at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in history and philosophy of architecture from the University of Cambridge, UK, and works with issues of diversity and justice in architecture and urban history often through feminist writing collectives.

Recent books include:

Tower to Tower: Gigantism in Architecture and Digital Culture (with Kristin Veel, MIT Press, 2020)

Touch in the Time of´Corona. Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic (with Kristin Veel, De Gruyter, 2021; Danish translation 2023).