Name: Harriet Mae Steinmesch
Date of Birth / Location: 1893
Date of Death / Location: 1979
Education: Bachelor's in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis, 1916.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Founded the Association for Women in Architecture (AWA) in 1934, the first professional organization for women architects. Steinmesch worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Illinois during World War II and later for the Navy in St. Louis. Later in her career, she served as the associate building director for the western division of USO building services and a planner for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
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Name: Nancy Ann Abshire
Date of Birth / Location: Dayton, Ohio
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Northwestern University; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois; 1965-1969
Firms & Partnerships: C.F. Murphy Associates 1961-1968; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), interior design department, also design architect and project manager on various architectural projects, 1968-2019, promoted to Associate 1988.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Chicago Women in Architecture, Founder AIA, RIBA, NCARB; Executive director of SOM foundation 2010-2019; National Trust of Great Britain; Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Architecture Foundation, Auxiliary Board Member since 1971
Awards & Honors: SAH award 2010; Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021
Name: Aileen Anderson Colville
Date of Birth / Location: November 1, 1905 / Illinois
Date of Death / Location: September 22, 1983 / Oak Park, Illinois
Firms & Partnerships: Architect for Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1937 (According to "Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck & Company" by Katherine Cole Stevenson and H. Ward Jandl.) Aileen was part of the Modern Homes Division at Sears, Roebuck, & Co.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Chicago Women's Architectural Club (CWA), Secretary.
Name: Edith Antognoli
Date of Birth / Location: January 2 1912 / Georgetown, British Guiana
Name: Barbara Armstrong
Name: Iris Ashwell
Date of Birth / Location: August 16, 1897 / British Columbia, Canada
Date of Death / Location: November 5, 1987 / British Columbia, Canada
Education: University of British Columbia; Iowa State College; Ashwell also studied for two years in England with the urban planner Thomas Mawson.
Firms & Partnerships: Chief Land Planner for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), late 1940s-early 1950s.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Professional Women's Council Western Society of Engineers; American Society of Planning Officials; Professional Women's Club of Evanston, Illinois.
Name: Anna Carmen Baird Walsh
Date of Birth / Location: 1872 / Quincy, Illinois
Date of Death / Location: August 17, 1936 / Chicago, Illinois
Professional Organizations & Activities: Member, National Women's Association of Commerce; Board member, Aviation Club of Chicago; Director, Woodlawn Trust and Savings Bank; Member, Men’s Association of Commerce
Name: Adelaide Eunice Benham Hulla
Date of Birth / Location: 1871 / New York
Date of Death / Location: 1961
Education: Wellesley College, 1884-1890; AB from Cornell University, 1887-1890; Bachelor's of Science in Architecture, Chicago School of Architecture (a joint program with the Armour Institute, now Illinois Institute of Techonoly IIT, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), 1902. Thesids: "A Group of University Buildings."
Firms & Partnerships: According to 1938-39 Cornell Alumni directory, Adelaide was in joint practice of architecture at 104 S Dearborn in Chicago, Illinois and in the 90 Schiller Building, Chicago, Illinois with her husband John Hulla.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Adelaide was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. (Courtesy of Martin Tangora)
Name: Helen Bishoff
Firms & Partnerships: Interior Architect for Marshall Field & Co. in 1939
Name: Katherine (Kate) Lancaster Brewster
Date of Death / Location: September 24, 1947 / Lake Forest, Illinois
Professional Organizations & Activities: Member of the Lake Forest Garden Club; Member of the Garden Club of America; President of the Chicago Public School Art Society
Awards & Honors: Legion of Honor for her work with the Chicago chapter of France Forever.
Name: Fran Caldwell
Name: Isabel Ling Chan
Education: Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan (undergraduate); University of Minnesota (graduate)
Professional Organizations & Activities: American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Name: Pao-Chi Chang
Firms & Partnerships: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Alfred Swenson Pao-Chi Chang Architects
Professional Organizations & Activities: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Professor; One of the founders of Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)
Name: Mary Colter
Firms & Partnerships: Mary Colter was named the official Architect and Designer for the Fred Harvey company in 1910, she held the position until she retired in 1940.
Name: Sue Ann Conover
Date of Birth / Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date of Death / Location: 2017 (Rockford, IL)
Education: Bachelor's of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1979
Professional Organizations & Activities: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)
Name: Mary Ann Elizabeth Crawford
Date of Birth / Location: 1901 / Girard, Illinois
Date of Death / Location: December 19, 1988 / Springfield, Illinois
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1929; Master's of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1930.
Firms & Partnerships: Holabird and Root, 1930s; Rand McNally, 1930s; Historical American Building Survey Work, 1930s; Montgomery Ward, n.d.; Private Practice, beginning in 1959; Designed offices, factories, displays, and machinery for Lindberg Engineering Company in the 1940s.
Professional Organizations & Activities: Chair of the Women’s Architectural Club; Officer for the Society of Western Engineers; Licensed Architect with the State of Illinois, 1941; Licensed Engineer with the State of Illinois, 1943. In 1978, some of Crawford's student drawings were featured in the "Chicago Women Architects: Contemporary Directions" exhibition at Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. In 1980, her drawings were the focus of a solo exhibition titled "American Beaux-Arts" at the Frumkin-Struve Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.