10. Risa Boyer Leritz on architect Julia Morgan (and all women in architecture)
“I have to start by saying that all female architects inspire me. This profession is still such a male-dominated profession that any successful female architect who is making it on her own is an inspiration,” Risa Boyer says.
“But if I were to choose [a female designer who] stands out, it would have to be Julia Morgan. She lived in a time when women did not go to architecture school, and yet she managed to have a prolific career and work on so many significant projects. Her work is gorgeous and rich in detail, and she pushed the boundaries of design for her time,” Boyer says.
Boyer first learned about Morgan while visiting Hearst Castle on a high school trip. “I was blown away to see this huge, ornate, detailed historic compound designed by a woman. In school she was the only female architect mentioned in the architecture history books, which I hope has changed, because she certainly wasn’t the only one of her time. Julia Morgan was a pioneer for female architects; she proved to the world around her that a woman can do what a man can do — and maybe even a little better,” she says.
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