Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective

Women in American Architecture installation view

Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective
Susana Torre

On view
February 24, 1977–April 17, 1977
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

In 1977, The Architectural League, through its recently established Archive of Women in Architecture, organized Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective in conjunction with a book by the same name. Guided primarily by Susana Torre with support from other founding members of the Archive, the exhibition aimed to present the range and quality of women’s work, as both practitioners and commentators, in the fields of architecture, planning, and design. The exhibition was framed to look at the work of women in architecture in the context of issues such as domesticity, private and public life, and the relationship of space to gender relations, and chose to focus on the common female practitioner rather than “exceptional” women.

Read a 2013 interview with Torre about the exhibition and her introduction to the exhibition’s accompanying book and view a 2014 lecture by Torre on Feminism and Architecture in our feature “Women in American Architecture: 1977 and Today.”

This project was made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project was also made possible with funds from CBS, Inc., IBM Corporation, and Harry Winston, Inc.