Women in Architecture

The Pritzker Architecture Prize

A Rare Choice for the Pritzker Prize: Two Female Winners

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, cofounders of Grafton Architects, take home the top award in the field of architecture in 2020.

March 3, 2020 - The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Bay Area Rapid Transit

Op-Ed: Infrastructure Projects Need More Women in Leadership Roles

Calling attention to progress in the Bay Area, two leaders at employee- and women-owned firms argue that more female leadership will help projects better serve the entire population.

April 2, 2018 - The Mercury News

Tackling the Design Profession's Gender Equity Problem

With increasing awareness and discussion about the gender gap apparent across most of Corporate America, this article explores how the Architecture and Engineering industry is seeking to close the gap and empower women.

March 20, 2017 - Doggerel


A Design-Focused Reading List for International Women's Day

A reading list inspired by International Women's Day delves into subjects like "empathy in design to the challenge of defining diversity."

March 8, 2017 - Doggerel

Study: 'Leaky Pipeline' Diminishes the Role of Women in Architecture

Although more women are studying architecture, equal footing is quickly lost as they progress through their careers according to a new study by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

October 11, 2014 - Architizer

Natalie de Blois, Influential but Excluded Modernist Architect, Dies

While working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, de Blois helped design some of the most influential office towers of the 20th century. But, when it came time to open one of her signature buildings, she was told not to attend if she was still pregnant.

August 1, 2013 - The New York Times

Beyond the Pritzker: On the Status of Women in Architecture

Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time for feminist architects to engage the larger sphere of political activism with concrete objectives.

July 31, 2013 - Places Journal

A Remembrance of Louise Blanchard Bethune, America's First Female Architect

Yes, The Atlantic Cities got the date wrong when it chose to celebrate Bethune's birthday last week. But that doesn't mean we can't honor the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect (born on July 21, 1856).

June 23, 2013 - Atlantic Cities

Highlighting Women in Architecture, on International Women’s Day

Anyone who's seen Google's homepage doodle today may be aware that it's International Women's Day. C.C. Sullivan has taken the day as an opportunity to celebrate women in architecture and to highlight related events taking place.

March 8, 2012 - SmartPlanet

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