HistoryLink.org Essay 9046:
Architects around the world, and particularly women architects in Seattle and Washington, have long looked to L. Jane Hastings as an exemplar and professional leader — and often the first to achieve key professional aspirations. She began her career studies in 1946 as the only female in her University of Washington architecture class of 200; and in 1953 became the eighth woman licensed as an architect in Washington since the state began licensing architects in 1923. Jane Hastings went on to become the principal of Washington’s oldest woman-owned architecture firm in 1959, an influential member of the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) in its formative years, in 1975 the first woman president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle Chapter, and in 1992 the first woman Chancellor of the AIA’s prestigious national honorary society, the College of Fellows.
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