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Famous Female Architects

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List of famous female architects, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female architects list contains the most prominent and top females known for being architects. There are thousand of females working as architects in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic architects have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a architect then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Kaija Siren, Shirley Blumberg and more.

While this isn't a list of all female architects, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female architects?" and "Who are the best female architects?"
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    Maya Lin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Architects
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    Maya Ying Lin is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She came to fame as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and has since continued to pursue a career in art and architecture. more

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    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Athens, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Artist
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    Annika Sörenstam is a Swedish retired professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer ...more

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    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Bro, Sweden, Sweden
    • Profession: Designer, Professional golfer, Architect
    • Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning, Monday Night Golf
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    Eileen Gray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Architects
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    Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was an Irish furniture designer and architect and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture. more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1878-1976)
    • Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Norma Merrick Sklarek was an African-American architect who accomplished many firsts for black women in architecture. more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1928-2012)
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Charlotte Perriand, was a French architect and designer. Her work aimed to create functional living spaces in the belief that better design helps in creating a better society. In her article L’Art de Vivre from 1981 she states “The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living- living in harmony ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1903-1999)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Florence Knoll Bassett is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan as Florence Schust and is known in familiar circles simply as "Shu". She graduated from the Kingswood School before studying at the Cranbrook ...more

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    • Age: 98
    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Gae Aulenti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Architects
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    Gae Aulenti was an Italian architect, lighting and interior designer, and industrial designer. She was well known for several large-scale museum projects, including Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and the Asian Art Museum of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1927-2012)
    • Birthplace: Kingdom of Italy
    • Profession: Interior designer, Architect
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    Zaha Hadid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Architects
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    Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterised by the "powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures" ...more

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    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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