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Los Angeles 2020

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The Los Angeles metropolitan area was the focus of the 2020 Built by Women competition.

We received an abundance of submissions during the open call, reviewed by an all-woman jury led by Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA. Jurors selected 64 projects that spans over 100 years, with the purpose to begin a deeper exploration of the important and brilliant ways that women shape the built environment.

The printed map, designed by Yay Brigade, doubles as a poster when unfolded, showcasing the names of the women whose projects are featured.

Be part of the new canon! By purchasing this map, you are supporting our mission and celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment.

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March 31 – COVID-19 Update

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice and state guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is rescheduling the Built By Women Los Angeles 2020 exhibition to a later date this year.

We very much look forward to being in touch as soon as we have a new date, and in the meantime we are continuing our work for the show, and moving forward with the Built By Women Los Angeles 2020 map. We are absolutely committed to this important project and we thank you all for your support and participation in Built By Women.

We hope you and your family are staying well. For further information please contact us.

Feb 2020 – Projects Selection Announced

56 architectural, engineering, and construction projects have been selected to be exhibited at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles opening May 15, 2020. The projects will also be included in a designed map.

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July 2019 – Meet the Jury

Our panel of jurors includes Carrie Byles, Andrea Cochran, Erleen Hatfield, Judith Sheine, Cathy Simon, Deborah J. Weintraub, Claire Weisz, and Kim Yao.

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Other Initiatives

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Built By Women
Manhattan 2018

A curated collection of buildings and spaces in Manhattan designed, engineered, or developed by women.

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Pioneering Women of American Architecture Website

A collection of in-depth profiles of women who have made important contributions to American architecture.


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Built by Women celebrates women’s contributions to the built environment.

In addition to recognizing and supporting the diverse women working in these professions, Built by Women provides strong role models and mentors for both current professionals and students.

Women are underrepresented in the building professions: architecture (15–18%), engineering (4.5–13.7%), and construction (2.6%). Built by Women’s goal is to change this. Increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics is critical to our country’s ability to compete globally.

Teams that reflect diverse skills, backgrounds, and gender identities achieve greater innovation, leading to increased economic growth.