Women In Architecture: Julia Morgan, latest recipient of AIA Gold Medal

PJHM is excited to have attended the Association of Women in Architecture + Design annual symposium.  This year’s event was not short of an inspirational line-up of speakers, a fabulous gathering of women in design, capped by a delicious brunch! Held at the historic Helms Bakery district, Ana Henton of MASS architecture, Rania Alomar of RA-DA, Therese Kelly of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Liz Mahlow founder of Nous Engineering, and landscape designer Louisa Relia shared their remarkable stories of innovation and success along with touching personal stories.

Speaking of breaking ground, we’d like to take this moment to recognize the first licensed female Architect in the State of California, who was recently recognized for her work – nearly 60 years after her passing.  Julia Morgan was not only the first female admitted to a recognized National School of Fine Arts in Paris, but she accomplished a great set of work and is seen as a pivotal figure in the history of American architecture.   She is now the first female Architect to have been awarded the AIA Gold Medal, in recognition of her lasting influence on the theory of architecture.   She spent nearly 30 years of her career overseeing every construction detail of the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon.  Her immaculate attention to detail and innovative use of reinforced concreted can be seen in this masterpiece.  This magnificent castle is a must see!


Photo of the dining room, courtesy of CBC Interactive.  The coffered ceiling is one continuous piece!


Photo of the pool, engraved with gold  (courtesy of timeisart.org)


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