Category: women in architecture

Constance Adams (1964-2018) was an architect w…

Constance Adams (1964-2018) was an architect who worked extensively in space programmes.
She contributed to the design of the cabin for the International Space Station,
and was considered a foremost expert in spaceport planning.

She studied sociology at Harvard, followed
by architecture at Yale. Since the late 1990s, she worked for Lockheed Martin
Space Operations at NASA. In 2005, she was named an Emerging Explorer by National
Geographic.

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012) was one of t…

Norma
Merrick Sklarek
(1926-2012) was one of the first black women to become a licensed
architect in the United States. Nicknamed the “Rosa Parks
of Architecture”, she was the first black female architect in the states of New
York and later California.

She received her degree from Columbia
University School of Architecture in 1950, graduating as one of only two female
students. In 1980, she was the first black woman elected as a fellow of the
American Institute of Architects.

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013) was the recipi…

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013) was the
recipient of the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, awarded to her in
1970. She was an architecture critic who had a significant contribution in
bringing the art into the public dialogue.

She worked for the MoMA as Curatorial Assistant
for Architecture and Design, and was later the first architecture critic at The New York Times. She wrote numerous
books in the field and was one of the main driving forces behind the New York
City Landmarks Preservation Commission, founded in 1965.

Lin Huiyin (1904-1955) was the first female ar…

Lin Huiyin (1904-1955) was the first female architect in modern China. She was involved in the restoration of numerous heritage sites in the country.

She studied in the United Kingdom and United States, and helped established the Architectural Department of the Northeastern University in Shenyang upon her return. She also participated in the design of the Chinese national flag and emblem.