Oh, look! More female architects!
Marion Mahony (Griffin) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s right-hand woman and supremely talented drafstman. When Wright disappeared to Europe, galavanting with his mistress, the prominent feminist Mamah Borthwick (Cheney), Mahony stuck with the firm. She was the second woman to graduate from MIT’s architecture program and the first in the world to become a licensed architect. She married another Wright draftsman (Griffin) and continued her work independent of Wright. Her style is, naturally, very similar to his, and she was also highly influenced by Japanese art, which you can see in her prints. But Mahony is fundamentally independent from Wright, and immensely creative and innovative in her own right.
She did a series called Forest Portraits that totally destroyed me when I saw them at AIC today, but I can’t find pictures of them anywhere.
(All images from Northwestern University’s Block Museum)