The Women Who Changed Architecture


Marion Mahony Griffin passed the architectural licensure exam in 1898 and created exquisite drawings that buoyed the reputation of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her story is one of the many told in The Women Who Changed Architecture, which sets the record straight on the transformative impact women have made on architecture. With in-depth profiles and stunning images, this is the most comprehensive look at women in architecture around the world, from the nineteenth century to today.

Discover contemporary leaders, like MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, spearheading sustainable design initiatives, reimagining cities as equitable spaces, and directing architecture schools.

An essential read for architecture students, architects, and anyone interested in how buildings are created and the history behind them.



The Women Who Changed Architecture…gets to one of the major issues in design: Who ends up getting credit and recognition for their work, and how does that affect the way buildings and cities are designed? The book includes 122 women working in architecture from historic figures like Lina Bo Bardi to contemporary architects like Billie Tsien and Neri Oxman.”

– Curbed

“The authors of The Women Who Changed Architecture take a permanent marker to the field as we’ve come to know it, boldly underscoring the profound achievements of more than 100 women.”

– Dwell

“An essential compendium of influential women designers from the late 19th century to today….Accompanied by beautiful photos, this collection of biographies showcases the industrious and unique paths each woman forged to master their craft, even when credit was often given to their male partners or bosses.”

– ARCHITECT Magazine

Foreword by Beverly Willis, Architect and co-founder of the New York City-based Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, which advances the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture.

Introduction by Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and cofounder of WORKac, a New York-based studio named the top US design firm by Architect in 2017.

Edited by Jan Cigliano Hartman, a former senior editor at Princeton Architectural Press and founder of Jan Hartman Books


7.5 x 10 inches

336 pages

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Weight 800 g
Dimensions 35.0 × 6.0 × 25.0 cm

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