1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

Edited By

Anna Sokolina

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ISBN 9780367232344
June 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
432 Pages 143 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture illuminates the names of pioneering women who over time continue to foster, shape, and build cultural, spiritual, and physical environments in diverse regions around the globe. It uncovers the remarkable evolution of women’s leadership, professional perspectives, craftsmanship, and scholarship in architecture from the preindustrial age to the present. 

The book is organized chronologically in five parts, outlining the stages of women’s expanding engagement, leadership, and contributions to architecture through the centuries. It contains 29 chapters written by 33 recognized scholars committed to probing broader topographies across time and place and presenting portraits of practicing architects, leaders, teachers, writers, critics, and other kinds of professionals in the built environment. The intertwined research sets out debates, questions, and projects around women in architecture, stimulates broader studies and discussions in emerging areas, and becomes a catalyst for academic programs and future publications on the subject.

The novelty of this volume is in presenting not only a collection of case studies but in broadening the discipline by advancing an incisive overview of the topic as a whole. It is an invaluable resource for architectural historians, academics, students and professionals. 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents








PART I. Women in the Early Profession and Leadership: Preindustrial Age to Early Twentieth Century. From Domestic Realms into Public Life and Culture

1. Did Women Design or Build Before the Industrial Age? Shelley E. Roff 2. For Homeowners and Housekeepers: The Architecture of Minerva Parker Nichols in Late 19th Century America. Margaret (Molly) Lester 3. Nell Brooker-Mayhew and the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Brian Adams 4. "Designing Houses Is Like Having Babies": Verna Cook and the Practice of Architecture in the 1920s30s. Catherine R. Ettinger 5. The Forgotten Art of Florence Hope Luscomb. Mary Anne Hunting and Kevin D. Murphy 6. "This is Not a Success Story": Florence Fulton Hobson, Architect in Northern Ireland. Tanja Poppelreuter

PART II. Women in the Modern Movement: First Half of the Twentieth Century. The Limits of Engagement in Architectural Profession and the Agenda of ‘Modern’ Work 

7. Eileen Gray: Invitation to an Intellectual Journey. Carmen Espegel 8. Blocks Versus Knots: Bauhaus Women Weavers’ Contribution to Architecture’s Canon. Harriet Harriss 9. Lutah Maria Riggs: Portrait of a Modern Revival Style Architect. Volker M. Welter 10. Regarding De Stijl Through a Gender Perspective: Life and Work of Han Schröder. Rixt Hoekstra 11. Reclaiming the Work of Women Architects in Mandatory Palestine. Sigal Davidi 12. More Than Shelter: Olive Tjaden’s Suburban Projects in New York and Florida. Millicent Danziger Vollono and Lauren Vollono Drapala

PART III. Women in the Context of Mid-Century Modernism. Mainstream Practice Formations, Public Engagement, and Women’s Wider Agency in the Field

13. Lois Davidson Gottlieb: "A Woman Fellow." Katherine K. Papineau and Rylee Soquella Woodcock 14. Consulting and Curating the Modern Interior: The Work of Hilde Reiss, 1943–46. Erin McKellar 15. Architect, Partner, Wife: Mid-Century Husband and Wife Partnerships. Kate Reggev 16. "Mrs. Meric Callery." Jan Frohburg 17. Katherine Morrow Ford: Designs for Living. Katherine K. Papineau 18. Architect, Builder, Client, Secretary: The Women of the Sarasota School. Christopher S. Wilson

PART IV. Women in Architecture of the Late Twentieth Century. Architectural Work and Urban Planning: Drawing, Building, Educating, Archiving

19. Together Not Apart: Creating Constellations in Learning from an Archive. Donna Dunay 20. Women’s Contributions to Manitoba’s Built Environment, 1945–1975: The Case of Green Blankstein Russell. Marieke Gruwel 21. Uncovering Her Archive: Ayla Karacabey in Postwar Architecture. Meral Ekincioglu 22. Restless: Drawn by Zaha Hadid. Nerma Cridge 23. "Something More Solid and Massive": The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli. Rebecca Siefert 24. Flora Ruchat-Roncati and the "Will to Keep Working." Irina Davidovici and Katia Frey

PART V. Women in Architecture from the 1960s to the Present. Breaking the Glass Ceiling 

25. Expanding the Legacy: The International Archive of Women in Architecture. Paola Zellner 26. Breaking the Silence: Women in Russian Architecture. Anna Sokolina 27. Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Beverly Willis, Groundbreaking Architect, Artist, Designer, Filmmaker, and Philanthropist. Kathryn H. Anthony and Shailee Dave 28. Reflections: Creating an Architectural Practice. Diane Elliott Gayer 29. Collaborations: The Architecture and Art of Sigrid Miller Pollin. Margaret Birney Vickery


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Anna Sokolina is an architect, historian, and curator, founding Chair of SAH Women in Architecture AG, also contributes on Advisory Boards of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, and Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture; PhD in Theory and History of Architecture and Landmarks Preservation from VNIITAG branch of Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences (1992). New York University SPS (2001), and Moscow Institute of Architecture (1980) graduate; interned at Guggenheim Museum New York, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Public Design Commission at NYC Mayor’s Office; contributed at Metropolitan Museum of Art (1999–2007), Morgan Library and Museum, and ARTMargins; formerly: architect/research associate at CNIITIA/VNIITAG, Curator of Exhibitions at Tabakman Museum, and architecture faculty at Miami University where she also curated Cage Gallery. First independent woman curator of itinerant Paper Architecture exhibitions in Germany and France (1992–93); first lecturer from Russia invited after the collapse of the USSR by European Academy of Urban Environments in the UNESCO program "Sustainable Settlements"; received 17 grants and awards; her 104 artworks are housed in 23 collections, over 90 publications include Architecture and Anthroposophy (ed., 2001, 2010, e-access 2019); books in progress: Building Utopia: Architecture of the GDR, and M. Bliznakov’s volume In Search for a Style (ed.).


"The publication of this anthology is cause for celebration. Bringing together a wide variety of scholars concerned with the diverse contributions of women in architecture from the pre-industrial age to the present, the book brings to light the work of both little-known figures of the past and established leaders working today. This anthology will quickly be recognized as essential reading for students and for anyone with an interest in the field."

-Alice T. Friedman, PhD, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, Wellesley College, MA

"I strongly support the publication of Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture, ed. Anna Sokolina, as a significant contribution to the literature in architectural history as well as intersecting fields of design, planning, and preservation. The collected chapters reveal the broad scholarship which have turned from a long-held narrow cannon to engagement with alternative narratives of individuals, places, and projects. The inclusion of research on women from less studied geographies such as Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, and projects in places from Palestine to Rwanda, contributes to filling the significant gap in studies on both the diversity and the networks women created and stewarded. This edited volume will be a resource for teaching architectural history as well as for professional practice courses."

-Thaïsa Way, PhD, FASLA, FAAR, Professor, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle

"This fascinating volume offers an invaluable transnational perspective on the significant and wide-ranging nature of women's agency in the making of the built environment. From the early-modern period to the present day, the case studies it presents interrogate and challenge our understandings of the interaction between gender and architecture."

-Elizabeth Darling PhD, Reader in Architectural History, School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

"This book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students alike. In its historical and geographical breadth, it underscores the diversity of women’s contributions to architecture and proposes many new avenues of research. By illuminating little-known protagonists, the volume advances a more complete and inclusive architectural history."  

-Kathryn E. O'Rourke, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

"This anthology brings together high-quality scholarship that emphasizes the resourcefulness and talent of women who made their mark on the built environment. From institutions to archives to homes, spaces by women come alive in these inclusive well-researched writings. Attuned to the needs of students, scholars, professionals, and the broader audience, this accessible volume is a long-awaited contribution to the literature on women in architecture."

-Carla Yanni, PhD, Professor, Department of Art History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture provides an excellent and wide-ranging compilation of women’s contributions to the field of architecture. Making inroads into a vast realm of underdeveloped history, this book challenges our thinking about women’s roles throughout centuries of architectural production."

-Alexandra Staub, PhD, Professor, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State University