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The Making of an Exhibit: Early Women of Architecture in Maryland

March 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


1.5 AIA/CES LUs Available

The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit is the culmination of efforts by the Women in Architecture Committee of the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter (AIA Baltimore) to understand the history in the state of women in the profession. Research began in earnest in the Fall of 2014 with an Independent Research Study class at Morgan State University, co-led by Sadie Dempsey, Assoc. AIA, with Jillian Storms, AIA, serving as advisor. Once the class was complete, many other volunteers helped to continue the research and compile the material for an exhibit.

Sadie Dempsey led the effort in a short 4 month period to create a comprehensive exhibit design and support framework that could easily travel and be installed at numerous gallery locations.  In this talk, she will share her vision to develop a design that represents the elegance and strength of the women in the exhibit in their determination to attain architecture as their profession. Jillian Storms, AIA, the exhibit’s curator, will address about how the large body of material was organize and edited to fit into a compact display.


Sadie Dempsey, Associate AIA, Designer, Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit

Sadie Dempsey, Associate AIA, is an undergraduate architecture alumna from University of Maryland and served as student assistant for the Linear Gallery. She currently works as a designer for KGP Design Studio and her goals, like the firm’s, aim to empower people through connectivity and education. As a member of AIABaltimore’s Women of Architecture Committee, she has been involved in the ongoing process of this exhibit from the research with Morgan State students to the final production stages. She hopes that this gallery will work as a tool of empowerment for young women by providing them with the inspiring stories of these women to fuel their dreams.

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.

Research Funding

Research on the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland project was produced by the, with the assistance of the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University and other volunteers. The research and ensuing exhibit was supported through a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council under the auspice of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation with matching funds from numerous area architectural firms.

Image: Students of The Cambridge School of Architectural and Landscape Design for Women conducting site surveys, 1939. Courtesy Smith College Archives.


March 3, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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