The first woman to study architecture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan’s crowning achievement is Hearst Castle. However, it is by no means her only significant contribution to architecture and building. From rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake to elevating the stature of Arts & Crafts house design, Morgan was a true visionary and leader.
“And why shouldn’t a woman do as well at this profession as a man?” remarked Fay Kellogg, one of the first women architects in the U.S. Why not, indeed? Well before the phrases “girl power” and Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in,” these remarkable female architects established the first all-women architectural firms in the country – and made a lasting impact to both architecture and business.
Stepping out of the shadows into the limelight, today’s women architects – like their predecessors – are changing the face of house plan design, and forging a legacy for the next generation. As we observe National Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the remarkable and amazing women architects of the 21st century.