Women in Architecture


While recent studies have found that women comprise nearly half of architecture graduate programs in the United States, only 22% of licensed architects in the field are women and only 17% partners/principals in architecture firms. This is worrisome.


PennDesign Women in Architecture hopes to examine this historically male dominated profession while providing networking and mentorship opportunities to all its members. We want to not only understand what drives women out of the profession, but to offer guidance and support to our peers practicing in the field. PennDesign Women is excited to host our first ever symposium on Women in Architecture in Spring of 2017, in addition to several other networking and social events slated throughout the school year. 

Our goal is to mobilize a community of designers and thinkers alike, with the purpose of increasing the incidence and visibility of women in architecture. Our hope is to bring awareness to the gender disparity that exists in the profession and empower each other by fostering growth, promoting the success of women architects, and above all, cultivating the next generation of leaders in the industry. 


Ramona Adlakha (MArch‘18), Communications Chair, radlakha@design.upenn.edu
Ramune Bartuskaite (MArch‘18), Outreach Chair, ramune@design.upenn.edu
Rose Deng (MArch‘18), Fundraising Chair, rden@design.upenn.edu
Kirin Kennedy, (MArch‘18), Programming Chair, kkennedy@design.upenn.edu
Mary Swysgood (MArch‘18), Media Chair, swysgood@design.upenn.edu


[RE]FORM: The Framework, Fallout & Future of Women in Design
Friday, April 14, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Admission is free and open to the public. Register online.

Keynote Address by Marion Weiss, Graham Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
Presentations by Vanessa Keith, Ila Berman, Lori Brown, Mary McLeod, Danielle Di Leo Kim, Despina Stratigakos, Annelise Pitts, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Margaret Cavenagh, Winka Dubbeldam and Shirley Blumberg
Moderated by Joan Ockman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture; Daniela Fabricius, Department of Architecture, PennDesign; and Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor of Architecture, PennDesign