WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE: Research on Early Women in Architecture

New Research Unveils the Work and Lives of Early Women of Architecture in Maryland

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit Opening & Reception
Thursday, June 4 | 6:30pm―8pm  [Event Flyer]
AIA Maryland Gallery | 86 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Exhibit period: June 1-26, M-F 10am-5pm (Call in advance 410.263.0916)

[Visit AIAMD’s Facebook page for photos from the opening reception]

The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA)­­­ of AIABaltimore, in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University, researched early women who contributed to architecture in Maryland. Their findings will be presented in a traveling exhibit that opens in the AIA Maryland Gallery in Annapolis on June 4th.  In attendance will be two honored guests: Shirley Kerr Kennard, AIA, and Helen Ross Staley, still full of life in their 80s and 90s.  The exhibit will showcase their stories as well as the lives of ten other extraordinary women, including the first women with architectural registrations in Washington DC (Rose Greely, 1926) and in Maryland (Katherine Cutler Ficken, 1936).  If you wish to attend the exhibit reception, please pre-register as there is a limit of 50 attendees: www.aiabaltimore.org/events/early-women-of-architecture-in-maryland-exhibit-opening-reception

12 Early Women of Architecture in MD 4w x 3 h

After June, the exhibit will travel to the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in Calvert County (July & August), AIABaltimore (September & October), the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (November), the Baltimore Design School (December) and will land at University of Maryland’s Kibel Gallery for Spring Semester 2016. Throughout the year there will be programming highlighting the various women and the work they accomplished. For more information on the exhibit and events, visit our websites: www.facebook.com/AIA.WAM and www.aiabaltimore.org/areas-of-interest/women-in-architecture-diversity

This exhibit would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We grateful to: the Maryland Humanities Council; Baltimore Architecture Foundation; Cho Benn Holback + Associates; Hord Coplan Macht; AECOM; Ayers Saint Gross; EHT Traceries; Geraldine Pontius, AIA; K.Lechleiter Architect LLC; Myrna Poirier AIA Architect; Penza Bailey Architects; SM+P Architects; Ziger/Snead LLP Architects, and the in-kind reproduction services of Maryland Reprographics Inc.


Research on Early Women in Architecture

Women have been professionally practicing architecture in Maryland for over 75 years, yet – except in a few rare cases – little is known about those from earlier generations.  The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) of AIABaltimore has embarked on a project to assemble their stories in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University.

With grant support from the Maryland Humanities Council, the findings will be presented in an exhibit scheduled to open for Women’s History Month (March 2015) in School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University.  It will travel throughout the year to locations such as the Maryland AIA Galleries (June 2015); the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at University of Maryland;  the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center; the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women; the Baltimore Design School; and the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.

A total of 10 women have been profiled for the exhibit (see below), including the first women to receive architectural registration in Washington DC (1926) and in Maryland (1936).  Their work documents the transition in architecture from historical revival styles to the modern influence of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.  Many, during these lean years of the depression and World War II, found a living in or near Washington, D.C., while contributing to the design of buildings within Maryland.  We are fortunate to have interviewed two from Maryland in their ‘90s and still full of life.

If you would like to help in any way with this exciting project, please feel free to contact me.  We are seeking:

–   Volunteers who enjoy doing research or putting together exhibit materials;

–   Information on 1920s-1960s design practitioners;

–   Charitable contributions to fund the research and production of the exhibit.

Holiday Cheers ~
Jillian Storms, AIA, Chair
AIA Baltimore, Women in Architecture Committee
410.767.0615   jillian.storms@maryland.gov

Portaits of Early Women in Architecture in Maryland