Harriet Mae Steinmesch
Harriet Mae Steinmesch graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1916. In 1934, she founded the Association for Women in Architecture (AWA), the first professional organization for female architects.
Steinmesch worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Illinois during World War II and later for the Navy in St. Louis. Later in her career, she served as the associate building director for the western division of USO building services and a planner for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.