Gertrude Lempp Kerbis

CWA Founding Member

CWA Member

Career Information:

Carl Koch: 1948–1949
Bertrand Goldberg: 1949–1950
Loebl Schlossman & Bennett: 1950–1951
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: 1954–1959
Naess & Murphy: 1959–1962
Naess & Murphy: 1965–1967
Lempp Kerbis: 1967–Present
Notable Projects:
Dining Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

AIA College of Fellows, 1970

Leadership Roles:

Founder, Chicago Women in Architecture, 1974
Founder, The Chicago Network


  • University of Illinois, Architectural Engineering, 1948
  • Harvard University, Non-degree study, 1950
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Master of Architecture, 1954

Biographical Information:

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Gertrude Mary Lempp Kerbis was born in 1926 in Chicago. During her education, she studied under such luminaries as Walter Gropius at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (1949-50) and Mies van der Rohe at IIT. She practiced at the Chicago firms of Bertrand Goldberg (1949-50),  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1954-59), and Naess & Murphy (1959-62, 1965-67) before establishing her own architectural firm, Lempp Kerbis, in 1967.  She has been a pioneer in working for the equal status of women in the field of architecture, founding the groups Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Network. Kerbis was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1970.