Edelman, Judith H.

Early Life and Education

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1923, Judith Edelman received her B. Arch in 1946 from Columbia University School of Architecture. Edelman died of a heart attack on October 4, 2014 at the age of 91.


Firm: The Edelman Partnership/Architects AIA membership years:>Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1991. Achievement: in Design and Service to the Profession Judith Edelman has made significant contributions to design in the fields of housing and historic preservation. Her work is characterized by a conviction that design makes a difference in people’s lives. Her designs are characterized by attention to the social uses of the building. She worked under strict public agency guidelines to create meaningful environments for the poor, the elderly, and the urban middle class. Her inventive approach to complex low/moderate income housing problems is evident in the Two Bridges Urgan Renewal Area, Claremont Gardens, and the 9-G Cooperative Housing. Her sense of responsibility to her community was also illustrated by her firm’s early involvement in historic preservation, particularly in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Their design for the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery Graveyard converted this important religious monument into a public amenity without sacrificing the dignity of the original place. She was one of the first women to raise the banner proclaiming women’s rights in the profession of architecture. In 1973, as a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Chapter, she was responsible for the resolution which led to the establishment of the first Task Force on Women in Architecture. She then chaired this Task Force, and her statistical research led to 2 major documents: “Status of Women in the Architectural Profession” and “Affirmative Action Plan for the Integration of Women in the Architectural Profession.” She was also a founding member of the Alliance of Women in Architecture. Her position as one of New York’s and the US’s foremost women architects redefined the leadership role of women in the profession.

Designs of Judith Edelman Architects

  • Headquarters Building, Spearin, Preston New York, NY
  • 9-G Cooperative Apartments, New York, NY
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 1973
  • Claremont Gardens Modular Systems Housing, Ossining, NY, 1973
  • Reclamation of Graveyards, St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, New York, NY 1975
  • Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area Housing, New York, NY
  • Hester-Allen River House, 1974
  • Restoration of Landmarks Buildings of Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY 1977
  • Daughters of Miriam Housing for the Elderly, Clifton, NJ 1979
  • Hall Senior Citizens’ Housing, Brooklyn, NY 1980
  • Restoration of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, New York, NY 1980

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