50 Pioneering Women of American ArchitectureIn 2013, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received seed funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a special collection within the Dynamic National Archive of Women in Architecture. We are pleased to report that Phase 1—Scholarship/Research is complete, and we are ready to embark on the Phase 2 —a new website to host and distribute this innovative written and visual material. The Collection of Women of 20th-Century American Architecture is a special, peer reviewed, juried collection to be 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. Within the context of broad social changes from 1848 to the adoption of the Nineteenth Constitutional Amendment, women have risen from the status of chattel to almost full participation in contemporary politics and society. This online collection will benefit architectural scholars, historians, educators, students, practitioners, and the general public.
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.”