Early life and education
Born 1929, Riga, Latvia; died 2008, Italy. Moved with family to Germany, then the U.S. after World War II. She began to study architecture at TU Karlsruhe in 1947 and continued from 1951-54 at the University of Washington, where she earned a B.Arch. She received an M.Arch from MIT in 1955.
Career in Architecture
Worked first with Paul Kayden Kirk, then (following MIT) for Minoru Yamasaki in Detroit. Began teaching for the University of Washington in Seattle in 1965. In 1970, she initiated the UW Rome Architecture in Rome program, and later established the UW Hilltowns program in Cività di Bagnoregio, Italy. She received a permanent appointment from UW as Professor of Urban Design and Planning in 1985 and established the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI) in Seattle.
Major Buildings and Projects
Märkisches Viertel neighborhood of 5000, Berlin
Remodeled UW Rome Center facilities in historic Palazzo Pio, Rome
Cività di Bagnoregio restoration projects
Press and Awards
First woman to receive the American Academy’s Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture in 1960. Also received a Fulbright Grant for continued study in Italy. In 1979 she received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.
I tetti di Roma: Le terrazze, le altane, le belvederi (with Balthazar Korab), 1976
University of Washington, Seattle
American Academy in Rome
AIA Seattle, Honorary member (1994)