From Academics for Documenting Women's Work

Pioneering Women of American Architecture

The Collection of Women of 20th-Century American Architecture is a special, peer reviewed, juried collection housed in the Dynamic National Archive, preserving the legacies of approximately 50 historically significant women—architects, designers, critics, curators and policymakers, born before 1940—who contributed to creating the American built environment between 1880 and 1980.

These historically significant women practitioners were selected by a jury of prominent architectural historians, based on criteria of the highest standards. Names for consideration came from the existing Dynamic National Archive Collection, from research by other scholars, and a national call for entries. This online collection will benefit architectural scholars, historians, educators, students, practitioners, and the general public.
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When a young person, even a gifted one, grows up without proximate living examples of what she may aspire to become – whether lawyer, scientist, artist or leader in any realm – her goal remains abstract…But a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, “Yes, someone like me can do this.”

- Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice