Mira Fassler Kamstra is a Sophia Gray laureate (1989) and,
although she does not raise issues of gender in her design
work, her contribution is located within an architectural value
system that is increasingly overshadowed by the diminution of
a sense of place, where objective reality is overemphasised at
the expense of the intuitive.
Her work reminds us that the essence of good architecture
resides in the reconciliation of the feminine with rational
requirements, and that both are essential in creating ‘aliveness’
in the discipline of architecture. Her work further cements our
relationship with tradition, craft and locality, responding to a
multiplicity of specificities – including an enactment of the
edge-threshold as a powerful place-making physiognomy.
This introductory essay provides insights into her
designer’s mind, highlighting selected projects so as to
trace their genealogy, framed from both a feminine and a
phenomenological perspective. The latter has been outlined
by the theorist Peter Buchanan, another Sophia Gray laureate,
in a recent series of critical essays.
This essay provides introductory insights into Fassler Kamstra’s
work, which is considered well worth further exploration.