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Ms. Mod – Symposium on Women’s Contribution to Mid-Century Modernism in Maryland

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

1.5 AIA/CES LUs Available

Modern architecture was slow to take root in Maryland, which tended to be more culturally conservative with a preference for regional styles of architecture from the state’s colonial past. Women practicing in the architectural profession were also slow to be embraced, but there were a few determine souls of note.

This symposium will illustrate the work of seven extraordinary women who contributed to Mid-Century Modernism in Maryland from the mid-1930s through the 1960s. Several started their practice through the lean years of the Great Depression and World War II, designing buildings in a clean, modern aesthetic. Their projects could be found in the growing suburbs of Washington and Baltimore as well as in Maryland’s smaller towns such as Cambridge, Hagerstown, and Havre de Grace.

Most of the women in this talk are showcased in the companion “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland” exhibit, but some are newly discovered and will be featured for the first time. The slide presentation will show their projects more in depth than could fit on the exhibit panels. The evening’s program will be followed by an exhibit reception.


Anne E. Bruder, Senior Architectural Historian at the Maryland State Highway Administration

Anne E. Bruder is the Senior Architectural Historian at the Maryland State Highway Administration where she does technical reviews of highway projects under the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  She is interested in Post-World War II suburban and Modern architecture in Maryland, where she has lived since 1997.  She assisted with the Early Women in Architecture in Maryland Exhibit, focusing on two living women who were architects from the period, Helen Ross Staley and Shirley Kerr Kennard, AIA.

Isabelle Gournay, PhD, UMD Associate Professor, Author of Modern Movement in Maryland

A native of France and a resident of Historic Greenbelt, Isabelle Gournay, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland, received a professional degree in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and a doctorate in art history from Yale University. She directed with her American Studies colleague Mary Corbin Sies a study of the Modern Movement in Maryland. She co-edited Paris on the Potomac, The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C. (2007) and The Afterlife  of Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Preservation and Challenges of Change (2016)  and is currently working on a book on the Beaux-Arts architect in North American society.

Jillian Storms, AIA, Curator, Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit

Jillian Storms, AIA, organized the research for the “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland” project and curated the exhibit.  She once served as Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA Baltimore, as President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and as co-chair of the Friends of Maryland Olmsted Parks & Landscapes’ Inventory and Research Committee. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning at Goucher College.  Currently, she serves on the AIA Baltimore Board of Directors and is a School Facilities Architect for the Maryland State Department of Education.


Co-sponsored by AIA Potomac Valley and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

For more information on the exhibit and upcoming events:

Kibel Gallery www.arch.umd.edu/exhibitions

WIA Exhibit research www.aiawam.com

Current Discoveries www.facebook.com/AIA.WAM

WIA Committee events www.aiabaltimore.org/areas-of-interest/women-in-architecture-diversity

Image: Bindeman Residence in Bethesda, MD (1966) designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith. Marlon Crutchfield Photography, 2011.


February 17
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
3835 Campus DriveBuilding 145
College Park, MD 20742 US