Courtesy Chicago Tribune

As 2016 comes to a close, the city of Chicago reflects on the additions made by female architects in a male-dominated industry. Jeanne Gang, FAIA, founding principal of local firm Studio Gang, completed three projects this year including the Writers Theatre and began construction on Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, the Vista Tower. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, design principal of Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects, completed the addition to the city’s Riverwalk, an urban bike and pedestrian walkway. Other Chicago women that contributed to the field and continue to hold top positions in firms include Zoe Ryan, the Art Institute of Chicago’s chief curator of architecture and design, and Lynn Osmond, president of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Although this shows progress, "barriers remain," according to the Chicago Tribune and these women will strive to improve the field for their successors.

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