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8 notable D.C. buildings and spaces designed by female architects

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While the field of architecture is a primarily male-driven industry, that doesn't mean women aren't all around us, playing an important role in the field. In Washington, D.C., there are a myriad of notable projects designed by women, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Dupont Underground's redevelopment.

In honor of International Women’s Day, Curbed put together eight of these projects. Below, listed in no particular order, see some of Washington, D.C.'s best designed memorials, headquarters, schools, gardens, and museums—each one designed by a female architect.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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First on the list is one of Washington, D.C.'s most notable memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, designed by Maya Lin. At the age of 21 in the year 1981, Lin was able to win the public design competition for the memorial, beating over 1,440 proposals. Dedicated on November 13, 1982, the structure features 57,661 names of fallen soldiers carved into a cut-stone masonry wall.
Photo via Howard Ignatius

NPR News Headquarters

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Yolanda Cole, the Senior Principal and owner of Washington, D.C.-based firm Hickok Cole Architects, designed the LEED Gold-certified NPR headquarteres in 2013. After the 330,000-square-foot, build-to-suit structure was completed, it won multiple awards. In an interview with Curbed DC, Cole said that out of all of the projects she's worked on the NPR headquarters is her "all-time favorite" because she was such a long-time fan of the organization.
Photo via Hickok Cole Architects/Adrian Wilson

Hine Junior High School

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The lead planner and design architect of the renovation of Capitol Hill's Hine Junior High School is none other than Principal of Weinstein Studio Amy Weinstein. Weinstein has won over 30 design awards and been published in architectural journals around the world. The plan for the Hine Junior High School project is to create a LEED-designed, mixed-use development with 158 residential units, boutiques, and restaurants. There will also be underground parking and a spot for a flea market. The project is expected to deliver mid-2017.
Rendering via Board of Zoning Adjustment documents

Bailey Park

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Suzane Reatig is an architect already known for transforming Shaw through design. This award-winning project, though, is one of her most notable developments, called Bailey Park. It offers oversize rental flats and duplexes with open floor plans, high ceilings, and private balconies and terraces. There are a total of 16 residential units in the LEED-certified, pet-friendly project.
Photo via Alan Karchmer Photography/Suzane Reatig

John and Jill Ker Conway Residence

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This 14-story, residential project is an example of how permanent supportive housing doesn't have to look gloomy. The architecturally stunning property was designed by Suman Sorg, founder of Sorg Architects. It opened in January 2017 with 124 units, 64 of which will be for homeless veterans and 60 of which will be for those who make no more than 60 percent of the area median income.
Rendering via Sorg Architects

National Building Museum

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The National Building Museum is the nation's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, and construction. With its 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns and 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze, the museum first opened in the Pension Building in 1980. The museum wouldn't have been possible, though, if it wasn't for architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith. It was because of her report in 1967 that Congress decided the Pension Building was the right place for the project. Smith is also known as one of the first women to become well known in American architecture and one of the most influential builders of D.C. after World War I.
Photo via Phil Roeder

Dupont Underground

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While not solely owned by a woman or women, it's because of Hunt Laudi Studio that the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground was established. This non-profit seeks to reopen the subterranean trolley station underneath Dupont Circle, known as Dupont Underground, as an arts and retail space. The founders of the architectural firm include female architects Lucrecia Laudi and Monling Lee as well as male architect Julian Hunt.
Photo of "Raise/Raze" exhibit via Dupont Underground

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

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In her lifetime, Beatrix Farrand designed over 100 gardens, including The White House's East Colonial Garden and the West Garden. One of her most notable projects was designing a series of terraced gardens and more at Dumbarton Oaks, a historic Georgetown estate founded in 1940. For almost 30 years, Farrand maintained the garden landscape, that included a middle zone of pools, tennis court, and orchards.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

First on the list is one of Washington, D.C.'s most notable memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, designed by Maya Lin. At the age of 21 in the year 1981, Lin was able to win the public design competition for the memorial, beating over 1,440 proposals. Dedicated on November 13, 1982, the structure features 57,661 names of fallen soldiers carved into a cut-stone masonry wall.
Photo via Howard Ignatius

NPR News Headquarters

Yolanda Cole, the Senior Principal and owner of Washington, D.C.-based firm Hickok Cole Architects, designed the LEED Gold-certified NPR headquarteres in 2013. After the 330,000-square-foot, build-to-suit structure was completed, it won multiple awards. In an interview with Curbed DC, Cole said that out of all of the projects she's worked on the NPR headquarters is her "all-time favorite" because she was such a long-time fan of the organization.
Photo via Hickok Cole Architects/Adrian Wilson

Hine Junior High School

The lead planner and design architect of the renovation of Capitol Hill's Hine Junior High School is none other than Principal of Weinstein Studio Amy Weinstein. Weinstein has won over 30 design awards and been published in architectural journals around the world. The plan for the Hine Junior High School project is to create a LEED-designed, mixed-use development with 158 residential units, boutiques, and restaurants. There will also be underground parking and a spot for a flea market. The project is expected to deliver mid-2017.
Rendering via Board of Zoning Adjustment documents

Bailey Park

Suzane Reatig is an architect already known for transforming Shaw through design. This award-winning project, though, is one of her most notable developments, called Bailey Park. It offers oversize rental flats and duplexes with open floor plans, high ceilings, and private balconies and terraces. There are a total of 16 residential units in the LEED-certified, pet-friendly project.
Photo via Alan Karchmer Photography/Suzane Reatig

John and Jill Ker Conway Residence

This 14-story, residential project is an example of how permanent supportive housing doesn't have to look gloomy. The architecturally stunning property was designed by Suman Sorg, founder of Sorg Architects. It opened in January 2017 with 124 units, 64 of which will be for homeless veterans and 60 of which will be for those who make no more than 60 percent of the area median income.
Rendering via Sorg Architects

National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is the nation's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, and construction. With its 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns and 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze, the museum first opened in the Pension Building in 1980. The museum wouldn't have been possible, though, if it wasn't for architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith. It was because of her report in 1967 that Congress decided the Pension Building was the right place for the project. Smith is also known as one of the first women to become well known in American architecture and one of the most influential builders of D.C. after World War I.
Photo via Phil Roeder

Dupont Underground

While not solely owned by a woman or women, it's because of Hunt Laudi Studio that the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground was established. This non-profit seeks to reopen the subterranean trolley station underneath Dupont Circle, known as Dupont Underground, as an arts and retail space. The founders of the architectural firm include female architects Lucrecia Laudi and Monling Lee as well as male architect Julian Hunt.
Photo of "Raise/Raze" exhibit via Dupont Underground

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

In her lifetime, Beatrix Farrand designed over 100 gardens, including The White House's East Colonial Garden and the West Garden. One of her most notable projects was designing a series of terraced gardens and more at Dumbarton Oaks, a historic Georgetown estate founded in 1940. For almost 30 years, Farrand maintained the garden landscape, that included a middle zone of pools, tennis court, and orchards.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid