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“CWA serves as a critical meeting point for all levels of women architects. We need a place to share experiences and understand obstacles ... CWA is that place.”
– Catherine Baker, CWA member

Women Building Change is both a historical retrospective and a modern reflection on the process of design and the changing roles of women in architecture. The exhibition highlights the expertise of CWA members through architectural drawings, photos and other visuals of featured buildings in Chicago. In addition to highlighting women’s developing leadership in the profession, the exhibition illuminates critical aspects of the practice including the pursuit of equity and of professional licensure.


Chicago Women in Architecture

Learn more about the work, impact and members of CWA.

The Missing 32% Project

In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. Sparked by an AIA San Francisco event, followed by a 2012 Symposium, the Missing 32% Project's site is now a forum for conversation, a repository for articles, research, guides for equitable practice and a place for honoring the achievements of women architects.

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation(BWAF) is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women's work, whether in contemporary practices or historical narratives, is acknowledged, respected and valued.


Learn more about the steps to becoming an architect - education, experience and examination. The site offers practical information for high school students, parents, university students and interns.

Women Building Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture is made possible through the generous support of:

  Graham Foundation Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  
  Whitney Architects Linn Mathies

Suzanne Morgan
Melissa Bogusch



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