The following 53 Women are the most notable for their work in the history of Architecture.

1. Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA was an Iraqi-British architect. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.

2. Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia.

 3. Kazuyo Sejima

Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect. She is known for designs with clean modernist elements such as slick, clean, and shiny surfaces made of glass, marble, and metals.


 4. Jeanne Gang

Jeanne Gang is an American architect and MacArthur Fellow. She leads Studio Gang Architects, an architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago and New York.

5. Marion Mahony Griffin

Marion Mahony Griffin was an American architect and artist. She was one of the first licensed female architects in the world, and is considered an original member of the Prairie School.

 6. Maya Lin

Maya Ying Lin is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and land art.

7. Eileen Gray

Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was an Irish-born French-based architect and furniture designer and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture.

8. Jane Drew

Dame Jane Drew, DBE, FRIBA was an English modernist architect and town planner. She qualified at the Architectural Association School in London, and prior to World War II became one of the leading exponents of the Modern Movement in London.

9. Odile Decq

Odile Decq, is an award-winning French architect, urban planner and academic. She is the founder of the Paris firm, Studio Odile Decq.


10. Norma Merrick Sklarek

Norma Merrick Sklarek was a pioneering African-American architect. Sklarek was the third black woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States after Georgia Louise Harris Brown and Beverly Loraine Greene.

11. Amanda Levete

Amanda Jane Levete CBE is a Stirling Prize-winning British architect, and principal of AL A

12. Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi, born Achillina Bo was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil.

13. Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan was an American architect. 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.

14. Sophia Hayden

Sophia Hayden was an American architect and first female graduate of the four-year program in architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

15. Anne Tyng

Anne Griswold Tyng was an architect and professor. She is best known for having collaborated with Louis I. Kahn at his practice in Philadelphia, for 29 years.


16. Charlotte Perriand

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.



17. Annabelle Selldorf

Annabelle Selldorf is a German-born architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based architecture practice. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the recipient of the 2016 AIANY Medal of Honor.

18. Louise Blanchard Bethune

Louise Blanchard Bethune was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect. She was born in Waterloo, New York. Blanchard worked primarily in Buffalo, New York and partnered with her husband at Bethune, Bethune & Fuchs.

19. Lilly Reich

Lilly Reich was a German modernist designer. She was a close collaborator with Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe for more than ten years.

20. Susana Torre

Susana Torre is an Argentine-born American architect, critic and educator, based in New York City and in Carboneras, Almeria, Spain.


21. Elizabeth Diller

Liz Diller has emerged over the past decade as one of the most influential builders of cultural space. Her practice, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is responsible for New York’s High Line, Los Angeles’s Broad Museum and dozens of other high-profile buildings.

22. Florence Knoll

Florence Marguerite Knoll Bassett is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born Florence Schust in Saginaw, Michigan, and is known in familiar circles as “Shu”.

23. Anna Keichline

Anna Wagner Keichline was an American architect, inventor, suffragist, and World War I Special Agent from Pennsylvania

24. Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman is an American–Israeli architect, designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering.

25. Amale Andraos

Amale Andraos is a New York-based architect. She is dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is the co-founder of WORKac with her husband, Dan Wood.

26. Beverly Willis

Beverly Willis FAIA is an American architect who played a major role in the development of many architectural concepts and practices that influenced the design of American cities and architecture.

27. Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks is an award-winning architect whose practice, Alison Brooks Architects is based in London, UK. Brooks finished her studies in architecture at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1988

28. Yvonne Farrell

Yvonne Farrell is an Irish architect. She is co-founder of Grafton Architects who won the World Building of the Year award in 2008 for their Bocconi University building in Milan.

29. Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was an American architect and designer. She was one of the very few female American architects in her day.




30. Eva Jiřičná

Eva Jiřičná CBE RA is a Czech architect and designer, active in London and Prague. She is known for her attention to detail and work of a distinctly modern style, and for her steel and glass staircases.

31. Karen Burns

Karen Burns is an architectural historian and theorist based in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently a senior lecturer in architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.

32. Katherine Briçonnet

Katherine Briçonnet was a French noblewoman, daughter of Guillaume Briçonnet and wife of Thomas Bohier. She was influential in designing the Château de Chenonceau.

33. Shahira Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy is an Egyptian architect. She is the founder and principal of Shahira Fahmy Architects, in Cairo, Egypt. n 2005, Fahmy won the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Young Architect Award (2005). Her company has won international competitions in Switzerland and London.

34. Manuelle Gautrand

Manuelle Gautrand is a French architect. She has completed projects of various types from housing and office buildings to cultural and leisure developments.

35. Carme Pigem

Carme Pigem Barceló is a Spanish architect, a member of the Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm RCR Arquitectes, together with Ramón Vilalta and Rafael Aranda.

36. Katri Anna-Maija Helena Siren

Katri Anna-Maija Helena Siren was a Finnish architect married to another Finnish architect, Heikki Siren. Kaija Siren graduated as an architect from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1948.

37. Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov

Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov was a Bulgarian architect and architectural historian. She was regarded as an authority on the avant-garde and Russian Constructivism.

38. Angela Brady

Angela Brady is an Irish born architect and has lived in London for over 25 years. In 2011 she was elected president of the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects for a two-year term.

39. Michelle Kaufmann

Michelle Kaufmann is an American architect and designer. In 2002, Kaufmann founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs, a full service architecture firm specializing in sustainable design.

40. Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke is an American architect and academic. She is the founder of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, a New York City-based design firm.

41. Ethel Mary Charles

Ethel Mary Charles was the first woman to be admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1898. Ethel Charles and her sister Bessie Ada Charles were born in Calcutta, Bengal, India to Thomas Edmonton Charles and Ada Henrietta Charles.

42. Rocio García Romero

Rocio García Romero is a Chilean-American architect who has designed prefabricated homes in a modern aesthetic, utilizing kit housing to control both cost and offer flexibility for local ordinances.

43. Gill Matthewson

Gill Matthewson is a New Zealand architect, scholar and educator, currently based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

44. Shirley Blumberg

Shirley Blumberg is a Canadian architect. She is a founding partner of KPMB Architects in Toronto, a Canadian practice. KPMB Architects is recognized for its commitment to city building and architectural excellence.

45. Elizabeth, Lady Wilbraham

Elizabeth, Lady Wilbraham, née Mytton, was a member of the English aristocracy, who traditionally has been identified as an important architectural patron.

46. Emilie Winkelmann

Emilie Winkelmann was the first woman to run an architecture practice in Germany and also the first freelance architect in Germany.


47. Theodate Pope Riddle

Theodate Pope Riddle was an American architect. She was one of the first American women architects as well as a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

48. Justine Clark

Justine Clark is an architectural editor, writer, speaker and researcher, based in Melbourne, Australia.


49. Tatiana Bilbao Spamer

Tatiana Bilbao Spamer is a Mexican architect. Through a multicultural and multidisciplinary office, the work of Tatiana Bilba Estudio tries to understand the place that surrounds us in order to translate its rigid codes into architecture.



50. Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen

Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen is a Danish architect. Founder and Creative Director of the architectural practice Dorte Mandrup that has approximately 60 employees.


51. Fay Kellogg

Fay Kellogg was described as “the foremost woman architect in the United States” in the early years of the 20th century. She specialized in steel construction.

52. Aino Maria Marsio-Aalto

Aino Maria Marsio-Aalto was a Finnish architect and a pioneer of Scandinavian design. She is known as a co-founder of the design company Artek and as a collaborator on its most well-known designs.

53. Louise Blanchard Bethune

Louise Blanchard Bethune was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect. She was born in Waterloo, New York. Blanchard worked primarily in Buffalo, New York and partnered with her husband at Bethune, Bethune & Fuchs.