Maxman, Susan

Susan Maxman

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Dates of Birth and Death

b. December 30, 1938


Columbus, Ohio


  • Smith College, 1956–58
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1959–60; M.Arch., 1972–77

Years of practice

1980–2011 (estimated)


  • Kopple Sheward and Day, 1977–80
  • Maxman/Sutphin Architects, founded with Ann Sutphin, 1980
  • Susan Maxman Architects, 1985–1995
  • Susan Maxman Architects Ltd., 1995–1998
  • Susan Maxman & Partners, Ltd. (SMP), 1998–2003
  • SMP Architects, Ltd., 2003–11

Professional organizations

  • American Institute of Architects: President of Pennsylvania Chapter (1987),* National President (1993)*
  • The Carpenter’s Club of Philadelphia, 1993*
  • Pennsylvania State Society of Architects
  • National Institute of Building Sciences, board of directors
  • Urban Land Institute Environmental Council
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Design Board of Overseers
  • U.S. Department of Energy Blue Ribbon Committee, 1996
  • Architecture Task Force of the Commission on the Future, University of Detroit Mercy, 1995–96
  • * First woman to hold the position

Location of architect’s archive

SMP Architects, Philadelphia, and archives from Maxman’s AIA presidency held at the AIA, archived at the AIA National Headquarters, 1735 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20006

Related websites


Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
View Susan Maxman‘s profile on the Pioneering Women website.