American Female Architects

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Neri Oxman
(Architect)
Neri Oxman
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Birthdate: February 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haifa

Neri Oxman is an American-Israeli designer best known for combining design, computing, biology, and materials engineering into art and architecture. She also serves as a professor at the MIT Media Lab, leading the Mediated Matter research group. Praised as one of the modern-time greats, Oxman was included in ICON's 20 Most Influential Architects to Shape Our Future list in 2009.

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Maya Lin
(Designer)
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Birthdate: October 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens

Maya Lin is an American sculptor and designer whose competition-winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earned her national recognition when she was still an undergraduate. Her life and career inspired an Oscar-winning documentary titled Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Maya Lin has won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Julia Morgan
(Architect)
Julia Morgan
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Birthdate: January 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: February 2, 1957

Julia Morgan was an American engineer and architect who is credited with designing over 700 buildings in California. She was the first woman to study at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and the first woman to be honored with the AIA Gold Medal, which was conferred upon her posthumously. She also received a posthumous induction into the California Hall of Fame.

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Mary Richardson Kennedy
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 16, 2012

Mary Richardson Kennedy, who was married to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the brother of Kerry Kennedy, was associated with green building practices and food allergy research in the U.S. She made headlines with her suicide in 2012. She was apparently found hanging in the garage of her Bedford home.

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Rachel Lambert Mellon
(Art collector)
Rachel Lambert Mellon
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Birthdate: August 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Princeton
Died: March 17, 2014

Horticulturalist Rachel Lambert Mellon, or Bunny Mellon, is best remembered for designing the White House Rose Garden. She was the wife of banking heir and philanthropist Paul Mellon. Apart from several apartments, she also owned a huge collection of paintings and artifacts, which fetched $158.7 million at a Sotheby's auction.

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Jeanne Gang
(architect)
Jeanne Gang
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Birthdate: March 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belvidere

American architect and the founder of Studio Gang Architects, Jeanne Gang is best known for her sustainable designs. The Aqua Tower in Chicago was designed by her and thus became the tallest building ever designed by a woman. She has also penned books such as Reverse Effect.

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Dara Huang
(Founded the architecture and design firm Design Haus Liberty)
Dara Huang
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: United States
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Denise Scott Brown
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Birthdate: October 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nkana
Though Denise Scott Brown had mostly been known as the wife of postmodern architect Robert Venturi, she too was a talented architect. She also taught at UCLA and Yale. After Robert Venturi was announced as the winner of the 1991 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Denise snubbed the award ceremony in protest.
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Lilia Skala
(Architect)
Lilia Skala
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Birthdate: November 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 18, 1994

One of the first female architects from Austria, Lilia Skala later also became a reputed actor, winning an Academy Award nomination for her film Lilies of the Field. She had also worked in Broadway plays such as Letters to Lucerne and in soaps such as Claudia: The Story of a Marriage.

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Elsie de Wolfe
(Actor, Architect, Socialite)
Elsie de Wolfe
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Birthdate: December 20, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 12, 1950

One of the first female interior designers of her time, Elsie de Wolfe was largely known for her anti-Victorian elements in her designs. She was also a professional stage actor and had also launched her own theater company. Her works include the Colony Club, New York’s first women’s club.

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Sophia Hayden
(Architect)
Sophia Hayden
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Birthdate: October 17, 1868
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: February 3, 1953
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Norma Merrick Sklarek
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Birthdate: April 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 2012
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Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
(Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists)
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
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Birthdate: September 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basingstoke
Died: January 18, 1971

One of the first female engineers in the US, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was also a leading suffragist and the granddaughter of women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was also the first woman to graduate in engineering from Cornell and sued the ASCE for denying her a full-membership.

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Louise Blanchard Bethune
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Birthdate: July 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterloo, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 1913
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Rachel Wischnitzer
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Birthdate: April 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: November 20, 1989