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Syracuse University Libraries

Selected Topics in Architecture: Women in Architecture

These guides suggest specialized resources of interest to students seeking information related to selected diversity topics.

Library Display in Honor of Women's History Month

Visual Guide to Books on women in Architecture

General Histories

American Architectural Foundation. "That Exceptional One": Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988. Washington, D.C.: American Architectural Foundation, 1988.

Berkeley, Ellen Perry, and Matilda McQuaid. Architecture: A Place for Women. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.

Bertrand, Wendy. Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect. San Francisco, California: Eyeonplace Press, 2012.

Brown, James Benedict. A Gendered Profession: The Question of Representation in Space Making. London: RIBA Enterprises, 2016.

Brown, Lori A. Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture. Burlington, VT;: Ashgate, 2011.

Cole, Doris. From Tipi to Skyscraper; A History of Women in Architecture. New York, NY;: Boston, I Press, 1973.

Cole, Doris. Candid Reflections: Letters from Women in Architecture 1972 & 2004. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2007.

Dean, Dewhirst. Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture. Hong Kong: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers Limited, 2017.

Desai, Madhavi. Women Architects and Modernism in India: Narrative and Contemporary Practices. London; New York;: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

Devlin, Kimberly Sue. Threads: Insights by Women Architects. Milwaukee, WI: Center for Architecture and Urban Planning Research, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 1991.

Duempelmann, Sonja and John Beardsley. Women, Modernism, and Landscape Architecture. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY;: Routledge, 2015.

Farhadi, Mani Ardalan. Women in Architecture: [A Centennial Exhibit]. Boston, Mass.: Boston Society of Architects, 1988.

Friedman, Alice T. Women and the Making of the Modern House: A Social and Architectural History. New York: Abrams, 1998.

Hayden, Dolores. Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook. Utrecht; Amsterdam;: Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, 2014.

Heynen, Hilde and Gulsum Baydar. Negotiating Domesticity: Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture. London; New York;: Routledge, 2005.

Jay, Hannah Gwynne. Women Architects in the Northwest from the Pioneers to the Present Practitioners. Seattle, University of Washington, 1987.

Kennedy, Roger G. Architecture, Men, Women and Money in America, 1600-1860. New York: Random House, 1985.

Kullack, Tanja. Architecture: A Woman's Profession. Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2011.

Martin, Brenda and Penny Sparke. Women’s Places: Architecture and Design 1860-1960. London; New York, NY;: Routledge, 2003.

McQuiston, Liz. Women in Design: A Contemporary View. New York: Rizzoli, 1988.

Mezei, Kathy, Chiara Briganti, and Canadian Electronic Library (Firm). The Domestic Space Reader. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Soho20. Senior Women in Architecture. Vol. IV. New York: Soho20, 1991.

Toromanoff, Agata, Olajumoke Adenowo, Tatiana Bilbao 1972, Elizabeth Diller, Rossana Hu 1968, Amanda Levete 1955, Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen 1961, and Samira Rathod. Raising the Roof: Women Architects Who Broke Through the Glass Ceiling. Munich: Prestel, 2021.

Torre, Susana. Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective: A Publication and Exhibition Organized by the Architectural League of New York Through its Archive of Women in Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1977.

Toy, Maggie, and Peter C. Pran, eds. The Architect: Women in Contemporary Architecture. New York; Mulgrave, Australia;: Watson-Guptill, 2001.


Specific Women & Time Periods

Adams, John R. Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York, NY: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1963.

Al-Sabouni, Marwa and Roger Scruton. The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria. New York, New York: Thames & Hudson Inc., 2016.

Blank, Carla. Storming the Old Boys' Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America. Montréal: Baraka Books, 2014.

Boutelle, Sara Holmes. Julia Morgan, Architect. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.

Davies, Lillian Bridgman. Lilian Bridgman, Architect. Berkeley: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, 1983.

De Silva, Minnette. The Life & Work of an Asian Woman Architect. Colombo: Smart Media Productions, 1998.

Fernández García, Ana María, Caterina Franchini, et al. MoMoWo: 100 Works in 100 Years: European Women in Architecture and Design: 1918-2018. Ljubljana: France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU: Založba ZRC, 2016.

Grattan, Virginia L. Mary Colter, Builder Upon the Red Earth. Grand Canyon, Arizona: Grand Canyon Natural History Association, 1992.

Gruskin, Nancy Beth. Building Context: The Personal and Professional Life of Eleanor Raymond, Architect (1887-1989). 1998.

Günther, Sonja and Lilly Reich. Lilly Reich, 1885-1947: Innenarchitektin, Designerin, Austellungsgestalterin. Stuttgart: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1988.

Hays, Johanna. Louise Blanchard Bethune: America’s First Female Professional Architect. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2014.

Hecker, Stefan. Eileen Gray. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1993.

Herrington, Susan R. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape. London and Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014.

Hession, Jane King. Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Heynen, Hilde. Sibyl Moholy-Nagy: Architecture, Modernism and its Discontents. London; New York, NY: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 2019.

Horton, Inge S. Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area: The Lives and Work of Fifty Professionals, 1890-1951. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2010.

Jackson, Iain, Jessica Holland, Maxwell Fry, and Jane Drew. The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Architecture, Pioneer Modernism and the Tropics. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.

James, Cary. Julia Morgan. New York: Chelsea House, 1990.

Lange, Christiane, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Lilly Reich. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich: Furniture and Interiors. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2006.

Lima, Zeuler Rocha Mello de Almeida and Barry Bergdoll. Lina Bo Bardi. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Loe, Nancy E. Hearst Castle: An Imperative History of W.R. Hearst's San Simeon Estate. [S.I.]: ARA Services, 1994.

Major, Judith K. Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013.

Martha Schwartz Partners. Martha Schwartz Partners: Landscape Art and Urbanism. London; Stuttgart;: Edition Axel Menges, 2018.

Martin, Therese. Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture. Leiden; Boston;: Brill, 2012; 2013.

McIver, Kathrine A. Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power.     Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006.

Meyer, Kimberli, Esther McCoy, Susan Morgan, and MAK-Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design. 1st ed., 2011.

Nieves, Angel David. An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South. Vol. 7. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018.

Obrist, Hans-Ulrich. Kazuyo Sejima. Köln; London: Walther König, 2011.

Özgüles, Muzaffer. The Women Who Built the Ottoman World: Female Patronage and the Architectural Legacy of Gülnus Sultan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017.

Perriand, Charlotte, Sébastien Cherruet, Arthur Rüegg, et al. Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World.Paris, France: Éditions Gallimard, 2019.

Predock, Antoine. Rebecca Binder Spatial Dynamics. Milan: Arca (L'), 1999.

Ross, Eileen. Washington Women Architects: An Exhibition Organized by Washington Women in Architecture and Sponsored by the Interamerican Development Bank Gallery, August 2-13, 1976: Catalogue. [Washington]: Washington Women in Architecture, 1976.

Ruggles, D. Fairchild. Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Siefert, Rebecca. Into the Light: The Art and Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli. Lund Humphries, 2021.

Smith, Sharon Dunlap, and Theodate Pope Riddle. Theodate Pope Riddle: Her Life and Architecture. 2002.

Somaya, Brinda, Ruturaj Parikh, Nandini Somaya Sampat, Hecar Foundation, and Somaya and Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Brinda Somaya: Works & Continuities: An Architectural Monograph. Ahmedabad, India; Mumbai, India;: Mapin Publishing, 2018.

Stratigakos, Despina Maria. Skirts and Scaffolding: Women Architects, Gender, and Design in Wilhelmine Germany. UMI Dissertation Services, 1999.

Tankard, Judith B. Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes. New York: Monacelli Press, 2009.

Tankard, Judith B. Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden. New York: Rizzoli, 2011.

Taylor, Kristina. Women Garden Designers: 1900 to the Present. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Garden Art Press, 2015.

Welch, Diane. Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Pub., 2010.

Williams, Austin and Zhang Xin. New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future. London: Thames & Hudson, 2019.

Wilson, Mark A. Julia Morgan: Architect of Beauty. Salt Lake City, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2007.