Finding Julia Morgan

Born in 1872, American architect and engineer Julia Morgan designed hundreds of buildings over her prolific career, famous for her work on incredible structures like the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

She was also the first woman to be admitted to the architecture program at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first woman architect licensed in California. But it wasn’t until 2014 that she became the the first woman to receive American Institute of Architects’ highest award, the AIA Gold Medal, posthumously.

In the New Angle: Voice podcast, “Hear from historians, family, colleagues, and the women themselves, how it was to be an architect coming up in the early 20th century. Imagine sitting with these pioneering women, who opened up the magic of the built environment professions to all who had the gifts, grit and persistence to endure.”



Special thanks in this episode to Brandi Howell, Alexandra Lange, Julia Donoho, Karen McNeill, Victoria Kastner, Karen Fiene, Justin Hoover, Amy Hart and Jim Parks, the women of the Monday Club of San Luis Obispo, Laura Sorvetti, Mark Wilson, and Aislinn McNamara. Archival audio of Sara Holmes Boutelle is from Sara Holmes Boutelle’s Julia Morgan papers at Special Collections and Archives, Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo. New Angle: Voice is a production of Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. Your host is Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA.

  1. Curt Scribner

    I am so happy to see you referenced this! I heard it on The Kitchen Sisters, my second favorite pod-cast after 99% Invisible. I meant to tell you to get on it. THANK YOU!

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