de Blois, Natalie

Natalie de Blois

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Dates of Birth and Death

April 2, 1921-July 22, 2013


Paterson, New Jersey


  • Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio (1939–40)
  • Columbia University School of Architecture (1940–44)

Years of practice

1944–1980 (estimated)


  • Ketchum, Gina & Sharpe (1944, New York City)
  • Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (1944–61, New York City; 1961–74, Chicago)
  • Neuhaus & Taylor/3-D International (1975/76–80, Houston)
  • School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin (1980–93)
  • Graeber, Simmons & Cowan (1980–94, Austin)

Professional organizations

  • American Institute of Architects, member
  • Chicago Women in Architecture, founding member
  • AIA Taskforce on Women in Architecture, member
  • Austin Downtown Revitalization Task Force, member
  • Austin Heritage Neighborhood Association, member and president
  • Licensed architect in New York, Illinois, Texas

Major projects

  • Terrace Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1948
  • Lever House, New York City, 1952
  • Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, 1955
  • Connecticut General Head Quarters, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1957
  • Pepsi-Cola Building, New York City, 1960
  • Union Carbide Headquarters, New York City, 1960
  • Emhart Corporation Headquarters, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1963
  • Equitable Building, Chicago, 1968
  • Fifth Avenue Plaza Building, Seattle, 1980

Awards, honors and press

  • Fulbright Scholarship to France, 1951–52
  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1974
  • Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA, Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions, Texas Society of Architects, 1998

Location of architect’s archive

Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection, Special Collections [part of IAWA], Virginia Tech; includes correspondence, notes, clippings; project photographs, published materials, sketches and water colors, and project records related to some of de Blois’ architectural projects. Natalie de Blois Oral History, Art Institute of Chicago Archival Collections; transcript available online. Natalie de Blois Working Drawings and Students’ Studio Work (1965, 1979–1990), Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas at Austin. NB: archival and project materials relating to de Blois’ work at Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill remains with the firm


New York, New York City
View Natalie de Blois‘s profile on the Pioneering Women website.