Seven Women in Architecture Exhibit

April 5, 2018

Seven Women in Architecture Exhibit

Seven Women in Architecture Exhibit


The current Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons exhibit, “Seven Women in Architecture at Wentworth,” is a testament to diversity and teamwork. The seven women include current student Esti Shapiro, alumna Olivia Hegner, faculty members Carol Burns, Jennifer Lee Michaliszyn,  Audrey O’Hagan, Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin, a member of the architecture departmental advisory committee, and Andrea Leers, the leading architect for the new academic building for engineering, innovations, and sciences.

Sharon Matthews, interim Department of Architecture chair, curated the building models, published books, and detailed journals displayed in the exhibit.

“Our exhibit celebrates the achievements of women in architecture that are related to Wentworth,” says Matthews. “We hope students and faculty have a better understanding of the interests and passions and capabilities of a very diverse group of women in architecture.”

Shapiro, BSA ‘18, is the co-editor of the Wentworth Architecture review.

“Through working on the Wentworth Architecture review, I have the privilege of engaging in an incredible dialogue, grappling with relevant contemporary issues in design, and connecting with an exciting and diverse local community,” says Shapiro.

Books about notable women practicing or writing about architecture, interior design, and/or urban planning are also on display. Some titles include Reveal: Studio Gang Architects by Jeanne Gangm, Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacob by Robert Kanigel, and Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader by Esther McCoy and Susan Morgan.

The exhibit can be viewed through April 6 in the Guarracino Family Gallery, located at the entrance of the library. For more information, please contact

Look for the next exhibit, “Framing Chinese Architecture,” which can be viewed from April 12-May 12 in the Guarracino Family Gallery. The opening reception, which is sponsored by the WIT Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs, will take place on April 12, from 12:00- 2:00 p.m.

Find photos from the exhibit below, or at Wentworth's Flickr site. 

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