Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Women In Architecture Forum: The History of Women Architects

As the designer of the tourist attraction "Hearst Castle" on the California coast, Julia Morgan is today widely known as an outstanding architect. Though women architects were unusual in the late 19th and early 20th century in California, she was not alone. Many other women practiced architecture, though their work often remained unnoticed. Inge Horton's book, Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area, presents the lives, careers and work of fifty largely unknown pioneers. It chronicles the triumphs and challenges these path-breaking women faced in their pursuit of entering and claiming space in the male-dominated field of architecture.

The book includes portraits of the architects discussed, photographs of their work, and some architectural drawings. Each biography includes vital data, a description of their career, a list of known buildings and work and a bibliography.

Inge Schaefer Horton is a retired city planner with a strong background in architecture who now devotes her time to the research of women architects and preservation issues in San Francisco. She is the author or several articles and two previous books on architecture in Berlin and Paris/Brussels. Inge is also the contributing author to a recent book celebrating the centennial of the Architecture Department at University of California, Berkeley.

Women In Architecture Forum: The History of Women Architects
Inge Horton will present her book "Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area" .
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Laura de la Torre, Assoc. AIA
Cost: None; this forum is open to all.
1.5 CES LUs

For more information: 510/464-3600

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Loved the talk! I especially liked learning about Emily Williams' early successes after attending LW High School, as I went there too and had no idea about her.