An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois

An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois, Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.
Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.

"In architecture’s 'Mad Men' era, there was a woman." So begins David W. Dunlap's eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois' significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.

Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois" 01 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>