Women in Architecture

Women have had a huge impact on architecture. These books explore the work of women architects and their role in the field.

The First American Women Architects
By Sarah Allaback
By 1920, there were over two hundred women practicing architecture in the United States, actively working on major design and building projects before they were even given the right to vote. These women designed thousands of buildings nationwide. In this book, Sarah Allaback chronicles the lives and careers of more than seventy pioneering female architects practicing in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Architect: Women in Contemporary Architecture
Edited by Maggie Toy
This book celebrates the genius of the world's best architects -- all of whom happen to be amazing women. It covers everything from timber construction to multimedia extravaganzas. Featured architects include Irena Bauman, Karen Fairbanks, Sula Kalatan, and Billie Tsien.

Architecture: A Place for Women
Ellen Perry Berkeley, editor, Matilda McQuaid, associate editor
This collection examines what female architects have achieved, how they think about themselves and their work, and what they see as the future role of women in the field.

Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective: A Publication and Exhibition Organized by the Architectural League of New York Through Its Archive of Women in Architecture
Edited by Susana Torre
This book provides an in-depth, evaluative study of women's role and achievements in American architecture and reviews the careers of outstanding women architects and architectural critics.

Mary Colter book jacket

Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest
By Arnold Berke
Mary Colter, a resident of Kansas City for over 25 years, may well be the best-known unknown architect in the world: her buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park-which include Lookout Tower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and many others. This book weaves together three stories – the remarkable career of a woman in a man's profession during the late 19th century; the creation of a building and interior style drawn from regional history and landscape; and the exploitation, largely at the hands of the railroads, of the American Southwest for leisure travel.

Mary Colter, Builder Upon the Red Earth
By Virginia L. Grattan
On the south rim of the Grand Canyon are stone buildings, resembling the ancient structures left by the tribes that inhabited this region long before Columbus. They are the work of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. This tells the story of an extraordinary woman.

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