Infographic: Women in Architecture

Embed this Infographic, just copy/paste this code:

Cite: Jett, Megan. "Infographic: Women in Architecture" 14 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Dustin Thorlakson

    It appears that the Bio of Julia Morgan was mixed with the Bio of Marion Griffin. It was Morgan who was the first female to be admitted to the Ecole de Beaux Arts and subsequently designed Hearst Castle in California.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong here.

    • Ann

      I agree – I looks like two bios are mashed together under one name. Morgan was at Berkeley and Ecole de Beaux Arts.

  • Blake

    I know she wasn’t an architect, but I think Jane Jacobs should have her name somewhere on this graphic as well.

  • Kitty

    Another error is that it says Beverly Willis and Susan Maxman were both the first female president of the AIA in different years.

  • luis valdez

    You guys failed to mention MIT’s Neri Oxman

  • Cindy Frewen (@Urbanverse)

    Dustin, I think you’re right, looks like AD or the Arch’s Journal might have repaired it.

    This infographic is very US-centric and the list at the bottom is mostly UK, perhaps they used different sources.

  • Giedrius

    You shouold include Jane Jacobs as well.

  • Luis Real

    Whenever I think of architects or architecture, I never care whether is a “he” or a “she”. Don’t you realize you are making separate containers between male and female architects with this article? It would be more apropriate if you write an article about ages but not on gender. We’re trying to build a world of human beings, not a woman and men world…

    • Ana

      Luis: I don´t think that this will make you look at architecture with a gender biase. It simply informs architects about the achivements of women in architecture, which is not a bad thing since the information about it it so scarce. When the conditions between female and male architects are equal, this separation won´t be necessary.

      • Kyle

        You are just backing up what Luis is talking about:
        “when the conditions between female and male architects are equal, this separation won’t be necessary.”

        This is a separation that, in many cases, isn’t necessary now. Of course it’s not universal – nothing is. Good designers/good architecture aren’t concerned with the gender of its author.

        You should conduct this study with ANY other profession as well. You’ll find that there are always females who feel this way and always females who view being a woman as a great advantage – not a disadvantage like this article does.

      • Lourdes

        Luis, and Kyle… you’re not getting what Ana is trying to say… I think this infographic was made so we could celebrate and KNOW the achievements of women in Architecture in this and the last century… it’s not that we are separating ourselves… here in Mexico, 60% of the student body of Arch School are girls…

        I’m an architect and I know a lot of female architects, most of them have had to put their careers aside to have a family… it’s just nice to know that there have been women succesful enough to do both.

    • Sultony

      Absolutely agree Luis. There are so many instances of the male and female divide in society, when in fact discussion should centre around people and age. Some years ago in the UK in higher education, there was a movement to appoint more senior female staff in order to redress the male dominance. I thought that this was aborrent and belittled the status of women. People should be appointed on merit not on gender.

      • AJP Crown

        Sultony: People should be appointed on merit not on gender.

        The point is that they never have been in the past, so affirmative action (if a m. & a f. candidate are equally qualified, the f. should get the position) is required to redress the balance. There’s nothing “belittling” to women in this view.

        Sultony: Good designers/good architecture aren’t concerned with the gender of its author.

        Maybe not. However, that’s irrelevant to the issue, which is getting a roughly equal number of women and men in positions of power within the profession. Until there is no longer a majority of men judging the advancement of women, affirmative action will be necessary.

    • Amy

      Ah, Luis…. it is a male luxury to think gender doesn’t matter. Just like it’s a white luxury to think race doesn’t matter.