Pioneering Women of American Architecture

Women born before 1940 struggled both to enter the architectural profession and to be recognized for their work. Fifty of these women are the focus of a new project placing them squarely at the center of architectural history. Their work ranges from urban plans and institutional buildings to domestic interiors and furniture. Many of them were important innovators, designing utopian communities, humane tenement houses, “rational” kitchens, built-in storage units and fold-out beds, and even early solar houses. This project, funded by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, hopes to draw more young women to architecture.