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Marion Mahony Griffin passed the Illinois architectural licensure exam in 1898, likely becoming the first woman in the United States to do so. She was Frank Lloyd Wright's first employee, and her exquisite drawings, rendered in her unofficial role as his head designer, buoyed his reputation. One of the most iconic chairs ever created is typically credited to Mies van der Rohe, but the Barcelona Chair was a collaboration with Lilly Reich, as was the widely influential 1929 Barcelona Pavilion that housed it. With 122 biographies of architects operating around the globe between 1881 and 2021, The Women Who Changed Architecture reveals the challenges and triumphs of women in architecture, from early practitioners like Griffin and Reich, to contemporary leaders, like MacArthur Fellow Jeannie Gang, who are directing architecture schools, spearheading sustainable design initiatives, and reimagining cities as equitable spaces.
Amale Andraos is the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and cofounder of WORKac, a New York-based studio named the top US design firm by Architect in 2017. Her books include WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge and 49 Cities, both with Dan Woods. She has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, and the American University in Beirut. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York.
Jan Cigliano Hartman, an author and editor based in Maine, is a former editor of Princeton Architectural Press.
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