University of Pennsylvania to stage exhibition on first woman architect in U.S. to practice solo

When naming female architects, several greats immediately come to mind—Denise Scott Brown, Zaha Hadid, Eileen Gray, and Kazuyo Sejima, among others. One oft-forgotten name that should be on the list is Minerva Parker Nichols, the first woman in the United States to practice architecture on her own. Nichols is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, a show that will chronicle the architect’s life, legacy, and buildings.

Minerva Parker Nichols: The Search for a Forgotten Architect is the result of over a decade of research collaboration between architectural historian, preservation planner,

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