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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
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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: 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: 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
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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: age 98
    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Gae Aulenti
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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
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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: age 65
    • Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Dolores Hayden is an American professor, urban historian, architect, author, and poet. She teaches architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University.more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Educator, Historian, Author, Architect
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    Sylvia Crowe

    Dame Sylvia Crowe, DBE was a British landscape architect and garden designer. Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, but spent her childhood in Felbridge, Sussex, and trained under Madeline Agar at Swanley College. She was President of the Institute of Landscape Architects from 1957 to 1959 and made important ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1901-1997)
    • Profession: Architect
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    Mariasela Álvarez
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    Mariasela Alvarez Lebrón is a Dominican architect, beauty queen and talk show host who was crowned Miss World 1982. She became the first Dominican woman to win an international beauty title. Álvarez achieved much popularity in her native country, due to her long career on television, which included a ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • Profession: Architect
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    Marie Russak

    Marie Russak was born on October 7, 1865 in the small city of Four Corners, Butte County in northern California. She studied music at Mills College in Oakland. She became a renowned singer, performing in several European cities. In 1899, she married the opera producer Frank Russak. She was deeply ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1865-1945)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Julia Morgan
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    Julia Morgan was an American architect in California. She designed more than 700 buildings in California during a long and prolific career. She is best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Morgan was the first woman to be admitted to the architecture program at l'École ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1872-1957)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Tahmineh Milani
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    Tahmineh Milāni is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Milani was born 1960 in Tabriz, Iran. She is the wife of the Iranian actor and producer Mohammad Nikbin.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Tabriz, Iran
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Architect, Film Director
    • Credits: To Stay Alive, Cease Fire, Two Women, The Hidden Half, Digeh che khabar?, + more
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    Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
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    Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was a civil engineer, architect, and suffragist.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1883-1971)
    • Birthplace: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Architect
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    Eva Kaili is a member of the European Parliament, representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, and a former television news presenter.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Profession: Politician, Architect, Presenter
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    Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles for magazines such as Country Life and William Robinson's The Garden. Jekyll has been described ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1843-1932)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Architect, Writer
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    Kathryn Gustafson is an American landscape architect. Her work includes the Gardens of the Imagination in Terrasson, France; a city square in Évry France; and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London. She has won awards and prizes including the Millennium Garden Design ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect, Landscape architect, Artist
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    Laura Eugenia Bennett is an American architect and fashion designer and one of the four finalists on Bravo's July 2006's Project Runway.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Architect
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    Kate Sessions
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    Katherine Olivia "Kate" Sessions was an American botanist, horticulturalist, and landscape architect closely associated with San Diego, California, and known as the "Mother of Balboa Park."more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1857-1940)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect, Botanist
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