Today is International Women’s Day and we thought we’d take some time to profile two women in architecture, past and present, who rock! The following women have inspired us to break down barriers and be courageous enough live out our dreams.
Norma Merrick Sklarek
Though she passed away in 2012, Norma Merrick Sklarek was a trailblazer that showed generations of girls and young women that the sky is the limit when it comes to your dreams. In 1954,Sklarek became the first African American woman to become a licensed architect.
Among her many accolades, she was also the first Black woman to be honored with a fellowship by the American Institute of Architects. The Columbia University graduate left her mark on great projects like the Terminal 1 structure at the Los Angeles International Airport. Her work will live on and inspire us all!
In 2004, Zara Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. This Iraqi-British architectural dynamo is the mastermind behind such awe-inspiring works as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. She’s also known for amazing, forward-thinking interior architecture as well as innovative product design.
Who are some women trailblazers that inspire you? Let us know in the comment section below.