Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic

Helen Fong, Norma Sklarek + Florence Knoll

CBS Building office by the Knoll Planning Unit (1964), photograph by Robert Damora.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I and my collaborators, producer Brandi Howell and host Cynthia Kracauer, completed the last of the five episodes of the first season of New Angle: Voice, on pioneering women of American architecture.

These episodes wander far afield, from the Googie coffee shops designed by Helen Fong, to the Mall of America executed by Norma Sklarek, to the lush CBS offices masterminded by Florence Knoll. These women had many forces arrayed against them — racism, sexism, unequal promotions and unequal pay — and yet they persisted to create sprawling icons of postwar architecture.

Please listen, subscribe and share so that we can do a second season.