Spring 2021

Women in Architecture

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-240  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-240  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-240


Margaret B. Vickery (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 240, ARCH 240 and SWAG 240) This course begins with an examination of gendered, architectural spaces and how and why they were structured for women in the 19th century in both Britain and America. Looking at primary and secondary sources, students will gain insight into societal norms and how they conditioned architecture generally associated with women, such as houses, asylums, and early women’s colleges. This study will serve as a platform from which to understand the pressures upon women and the pioneers who rejected such norms and pursued architecture as a profession. The latter half of the course will look at the work of early women architects, the hurdles they faced and the examples they set. The course will conclude with a critical examination of women architects practicing today and how they navigate the profession. It is open to non-majors and will introduce interested students to issues surrounding the architectural canon, equity, and the history of gendered spaces in architecture. Depending on enrollment, this course will be taught in person or as a hybrid course.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Vickery.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021