About the Archive


This digital archive is a public, online source of information about the organization Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) and the women who have been a part of the organization since its founding in 1974. To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary in 2014, CWA mounted an exhibit about its history and impact on the profession of architecture entitled Women Building Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture. This online archive is the digital extension of that exhibit. The CWA Archive provides information about Chicago Women in Architecture and the work of its members. It can be searched by individuals, schools, researchers, and other architects. It tells the story of women in the profession here in Chicago, continuing the dialogue about the role women have played in the profession of architecture.


The initial entries in the Archive consist of content from CWA’s 40th Anniversary exhibit. Additional content can be added by individuals, schools, or firms via forms provided on this site on the Contact Us. Submitted content will be reviewed by CWA and posted if deemed appropriate. If you wish to have information about yourself removed from the site, please email us at cwarch@cwarch.org


Chicago Women in Architecture wishes to acknowledge the key financial support of the following:

The Graham Foundation
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Generation Brands
Chicago Architecture Foundation Whitney Architects Linn-Mathes, Inc. Individual donations from CWA Past Presidents

The work of the following CWA-affiliated individuals have made this site possible: Kim Haig, Andy Owens, Florence Twu, Noelle Kwak, Natalie Hicks, Gail Cavanagh, Charlene Andreas, and Marsha Spencer.

Thank you also to the following individuals and institutions for providing archival content:

Laura Saviano of Ross Barney Architects
Susan Musich  of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Mary Woolever and Nathaniel Parks of the Ryerson & Turnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago History Museum
Lizzie Schiffman Tufano of DNAinfo.com Chicago
Gibran Villalobos of the Architecture and Design Society at The Art Institute of Chicago

Partnering Projects

Partnering projects for the CWA Archive include the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) and its Dynamic National Archive (DNA).

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