(Tentative Date for the Opening Reception)
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.
The findings will be presented in an exhibit scheduled to open at AIA Maryland Gallery in Annapolis in June 2015. It will travel throughout the year to such locations as the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum; AIA Baltimore; the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women; the Baltimore Design School; and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center; to name a few.
A total of 10 women have been profiled for the exhibit, including the first woman 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 designers, 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 still living and full of life in their 80’s and 90’s.
This exhibit would not have been possible without the research assistance of Morgan State University Honors Program in association with the School of Architecture & Planning. We are also grateful for the generous support of the Maryland Humanities Council; the Baltimore Architecture Foundation; Hord Coplan Macht; AECOM; MRI; and Green Builders, Inc. as well as in-kind graphic design services from Ayers Saint Gross.