Lois Davidson Gottlieb

A Woman Fellow

Authored by: Katherine Kaford Papineau , Rylee Soquella Woodcock

The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367232344
eBook ISBN: 9780429278891
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429278891-17

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Abstract

Lois Davidson Gottlieb (1926–2018) was a pioneer in the field of architecture, blazing trails from her studies in the arts, engineering, and architecture at Stanford and Harvard Universities to her apprenticeship at Taliesin West with Frank Lloyd Wright. This chapter situates Gottlieb within the trajectory of mid-twentieth-century modernism, despite her prairie-style training. Her designs balance the organicism and nuanced detail of her Taliesin fellowship with novel materials such as steel and glass. Gottlieb’s collection of modernist houses in Riverside, California, sets the tone for the contemporary architectural scene in a city known for its Mission Revival– and Victorian-style architecture, where Gottlieb contributed as the sole modern female architect in the city.

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