Exhibit 2 - WOMEN IN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE

 

 

 

 

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH exterior
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH exterior

Houston Public Library - Main Branch banners from the original Exhibition announce the installation

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH entrance
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH entrance

Main Entrance - miscellaneous materials prepared to provide a didactic context were available

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 1
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 1

Introduction Boards

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 2
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 2

The larger context for Women in the Profession

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 3
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 3

specific participants from Texas Women are described in terms of their careers and work

WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 4
WOMEN in AMERICAN ARCH gallery 4

the Feminist context directed to those attending the NOW Conference

WAM Book
WAM Book

The Exhibition was derived from the book edited by Susana Torre, and was the first Feminist history of American Women Architects

WAM-Exhibit Brochure
WAM-Exhibit Brochure

The Exhibition layout was provided by plans in a 4-part handout brochure/guide: special graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride.

WAM-Women-Bibliography
WAM-Women-Bibliography

Since the venue was the Public Library, relevant citations were compiled

WAM-Fold-Out List of Participants
WAM-Fold-Out List of Participants

Texas women professionals/participants from various fields were listed with their works in the Exhibition

WAM-Symposium
WAM-Symposium

A Symposium accompanied the Exhibition, facilitating interaction among interested public, participants, and Architecture critics; graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride

WAM-Symposium Nametag
WAM-Symposium Nametag

Graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride, after an image from the Cambridge School of Architecture, founded in 1915 as the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and was the first to produce women graduate training in these two professions, coordinated under a single faculty. Due to Harvard University's policy of a male institution, the school ran as a "little experiment" in the office of Henry Frost, professor of architectural design at Harvard University.

On the occasion of the Conference of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and participation of my female students at Rice and AIA members, chaired by Natalie deBlois, the first female partner at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, work was solicited from around the State to be added to a travelling exhibit with the same title. It was installed on the multi-level Houston Public Library, a few blocks from the NOW Conference. While a number of local museums had been approached a year in advance, interest was pallid, until shortly before there was awareness of the upcoming NOW Conference; we had already committed to the HPL.

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