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March 2017

Celebrating Women's History Month

To celebrate Women's History Month we recognize and honor professional women architects, engineers and landscape architects who made significant contributions and achieved a transformative legacy, some spanning for more than fifty years. Please read on to learn how your life has been positively affected by these inspiring accomplished A/E/LA professional pioneers who, perhaps early in their careers were Hidden Figures.

* Norma Merrick Sklarek, FAIA, was the first African-American woman in the U.S.. to become a licensed architect ((in 1954)). Sklarek directed such major projects as the U.S.. Embassy in Tokyo for Gruen Associates and the LAX Terminal 1 for Welton Becket.

* Denise Scott Brown, AIA, has been awarded the 2017 Jane Drew Prize. There was a large controversy in 2013 when Denise Scott Brown was NOT awarded a Pritzker Prize retroactively as the equal partner of her husband and collaborator Robert Venturi who won the award in 1991. Her firm is Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. An example of their work is the Provincial Capitol Building Toulouse, France (1999).

* Elsie Eaves, (May 5, 1898 - March 27, 1983) was the first female associate member, member and Fellow Life Time Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a founding member of the American Association of Cost Engineers (now AACE International, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Elsie's accomplished career included the U.S.. Bureau of Public Roads, the Colorado Highway Department, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroads. In 1945 Elsie became the Manager of Business News.

* Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E.., M. ASCE. is the second professional female engineer since 1960 to receive the prestigious Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award in 2016. Marsia is the Founder, President and CEO of Sequoia Engineering and Environmental, Inc. Her career began in 1992 with the Illinois Department of Transportation when her responsibility was as the Assistant Resident Engineer on cable stay bridge construction project over the Mississippi River, Alton, IL. Marsia has held several leadership positions with ASCE local state and national chapters. Currently Marsia is the Chair of ASCE Public Policy Committee.

* Diana Balmori pioneering landscape architect recently passed away in 2016. She was a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the founder of NYC-based Balmori and Associates. Her famous works include the Garden that Climbs the Stairs in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park outside Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Osaka National Museum of Art in Japan.

* Andrea Cochran, FASLA received the 2014 ASLA Design Medal in recognition of her exceptional design work. The Design Medal is presented to a landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. Andrea is the founder of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in San Francisco. She has practiced for over 30 years and has in addition to the ASLA Design Medal, 7 National ASLA Honor Awards. Her work integrates the fields of landscape, art, and architecture and is internationally recognized for its simplicity and timeliness .

These women represent a significant body of professional design work all around the world. To foster the ongoing efforts of female architects, engineers and landscape architects, we ask you to make a concerted effort to support a young woman who shows interest in the built environment as a professional career.

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How March became Women's History Month

U.S.. women activists in the early 1900's demonstrated for equal economic rights
resulting in the first Women's Day on 2/28/09. Within two years the Women's Day movement became an international observance. International Women's Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 1975. U.S.. feminist activists during the 1970s spoke about the lack of women's contributions in the history books. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Women's History Week March 2-8,1980. Congress passed a proclamation in 1987 establishing March as Women's History Month.


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