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Women in Architecture @ USC: Female Graduates in Architecture, 1960-1975

This guide attempts to capture information about female graduates of USC's architecture between 1927 and 1975. It also lists names of early female faculty.


Mary Adelaide Helms

Bachelor of Architecture. Listed in the 1960 Commencement Program as Mary A. Helms and in the 1961 Commencement Program as Mary Adelaide Helms.

Licensed through the California Architecture Board, 1968-1979. Possibly lived/practiced in Upland(?) Designed the St. Clements Episcopal Church in Huntington Park (LAT July 23, 1979). Studied with Clayton Baldwin. In a 1954 LAT article was listed as a junior in the Architecture program (LAT June 6, 1954).


Ena Marie Dubnoff

Bachelor of Architecture, 1960.

In 1966 Dubnoff earned a Masters in Urban Design from Columbia. She taught at the Department of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and in 1981 she was hired as the first tenure-track female faculty in architecture at USC (although Claire Forrest may have been the very first to be hired to teach on tenure track, 1975)

Dubnoff interned and worked for Buff & Hensman, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Pereira and Associates, and A. Quincy Jones.

In 1984 Dubnoff established her own practice, ONE Company Architecture, later renamed Ena Dubnoff Architects (Santa Monica, CA). She is a founding member of a four-women collaborative non-profit, WORKS. It was formed in 1991 for the purpose of designing affordable housing. There is a Wikipedia article,


Dawn Marie Rice

Bachelor of Architecture, 1961. Master of Planning Degree from USC in 1973.

In a 1957 LAT article is listed as a third year student who submitted a plan for a competition to design a dwelling for the Soroptimist house near USC (LAT, Nov 20, 1957). Several other students with select designs were listed, as well, including Ena M. Dubnoff. The other female student in the competition was Ena Dubnoff. (LAT November 20, 1957). Dawn Rice was listed as planning director of the California Office on Aging (LAT, June 5, 1976).


Diana Dial

Bachelor of Architecture, 1965


Milica Mihich, Milica Dedijer-Mihich, Milica Dedijer

Bachelor of Architecture, 1965.

Lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, 1978-79. Registered to practice in California. Worked with Victor Gruen Associates, worked on the restoration of Irving Gill’s Horatio West apartments. Worked with Glen Small on several projects. As of 2015, Milica Dedijer, AIA, practices in Oregon. Interviewed via email in Spring 2013 by Ruth Wallach. Also, LAT April 23, 1973; LAT November 15, 1979


Viorica Dalescu Reed

Bachelor of Architecture, 1965.

Los Angeles-based architect, licensed to practice in California starting in 1969.


Victoria Merrithew Tongish

Bachelor of Architecture, 1966.

Victoria Louise Merrithew married fellow USC architecture student John Vern Tongish in 1965 (Daily Trojan, February 12, 1965 and LAT June 23, 1965). Lived in Pasadena. John Tongish practiced in Pasadena. A Victoria L. Tongish wrote a graduate thesis at Claremont in 1999, titled The Architecture of the Sound Environment: A Taxonomy - same person or a relation?


Eleanor Christine Hill

Bachelor of Architecture, 1966.

Eleanor Hill Edwards is mentioned in an article about the Association of Women in Architecture (LAT, June 11, 1972). Works in Sweden.


Linda Reiko Yanagisawa

Bachelor in Industrial Design, 1963, Bachelor in Architecture,1966.

AIA member from 1974. Practiced in Hawaii, died in 1981. IAWA lists a memorial scholarship in her name, awarded to architect students in Hawaii.


Carrol Ann Close

Bachelor of Architecture, 1967.

Married Stanley Wolf Jr. in 1969.  Carrol Ann Wolf is listed as member of AIA since 1975.


Margaret Gene Erickson

Bachelor of Architecture, 1967


Sharon Lee Blair,

Bachelor of Architecture, 1969 

Married USC Architecture graduate James S. Sterling (Trojan Family, August-September 1977)


Dorothy Jen Shonkwiler

Bachelor of Architecture, 1969. Master of Urban Design (USC), 1970.

Married Cary H. Okumura, who was fellow student in both architecture and urban design (?)


Patricia Hampton Reynolds

Bachelor of Architecture, 1969.


Susan Elizabeth Burgess

Bachelor of Architecture, 1970. Master of Urban Design, USC, 1971.

Designed homes as partner of Hippe-Arlen-Burgess? (LAT April 4, 1987)


Evangelia K. Venianaki

Bachelor of Architecture, 1970. Master of Urban Design, USC, 1971.

Possibly Vaggi Lieberman (nee Venianaki), who came from Crete with her sister in the 1960s. With her sister listed as co-owner of Katina & Associates, Inc., a Torrance development company (LAT, May 26, 1983)


Maria Elena Zas

Bachelor of Architecture, 1970. 

Member of AIA. Owner of Maria E. Zas Architecture, Ellijay, Georgia. Licensed in Florida since 1978, in Georgia since 1996, North Carolina since 2002. Has done commercial and residential architecture.


Sheila O'Connor Chaffin

Bachelor of Architecture, 1971.

AIA 1975-, also listed as Sheila M. Chaffin. Recipient of the Melinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Award of Chi Omega in architecture, 1998. Listed by Chi Omega as architect and space planner for institution of higher learning (accessed 3/2016). Received a graduate degree in regional planning from Cornell. Worked in planning for California State University in San Marcos, City University of New York, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2013 received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner, given by the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association (accessed 3/2016)


Judith Dianne Denenny

Bachelor of Architecture, 1971.

A Judith Denenny enrolled at UC Irvine in 1989 in the program for teacher education.


Anita Lynn Feider

Bachelor of Architecture, 1971.

In 1974 married fellow Architecture student Douglas Warren Padelford. In the wedding announcement, both bride and groom were listed as architects, and both were employed at A. J. Padelford and Son Inc. of Artesia. Groom’s father was a councilman and mayor in Artesia (LAT July 4, 1974), and Artesia has a park named after him. The couple designed and built their home in Artesia (?). Douglas became president of A. J Padelford, a general contracting firm.


Beatrice Bea-Mei Wong

Bachelor of Architecture, 1971.


Silvia Maria Rayces

Bachelor of Architecture, 1972.

Tucson, AZ, permaculture and landscaping.


Janet Marie Stauffer

Bachelor of Architecture, 1972.

Janet Stauffer Suzuki, architect licensed with the California Architects’ Board, 1978-


Loredana N. Cherini

Bachelor of Architecture, 1972



Maureen Janet Glick

Bachelor in Science, Architecture, 1972.

In 1972 married James Bright, a graduate of Loyola Law School. Between 1972 and 1975 Maureen J. Bright worked for Southern California Edison as an architect involved in the design and construction of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Kaiparowits and Mojave Coal Slurry Generating Stations. She got her law degree in 1978 from Loyola University School of Law, and joined Bright and Brown as a partner in 1982. (accessed 3/2016)


Judith Ann Hemingway

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1972.

Judy Hemingway, San Francisco Bay area, worked as senior project manager/architect at Harris & Associates. Principal Architect at Hemingway/Stock Inc., based in Lafayette, CA. Worked in private sector on commercial projects such as restaurants, retail, office, and shopping centers. Worked on downtown revitalization and master planning as staff for several city planning departments. In the 1990s shifted her focus to public agency/civic projects. Worked on California State University buildings and infrastructure projects, and program management for several cities. Certified Construction Specifier. (Information from AIA East Bay accessed 3/2016)


Gloria Cami Kissin

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1972.


Sharon Roberta Lee

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1972.


Shirley Darlene Smith

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1972. Master in Architecture, USC, 1974.


Susan Marie Smith

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1972.


Maria Wong

Bachelor of Science, Architecture 1973.


Therese Mary Gain

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974. Also listed in the commencement program in 1975.

For Master of Arts in Architectural History at Cornell, 1977, wrote a thesis titled Theory and Practice in Architectural Education: The Harvard Curriculum, 1934-1956. Director of Facilities at Fremont Unified School District; previously project manager at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; Senior project manager, Stanford University Medical Center. Has certification from Construction Specifications Institute. Member of AIA 1978-.


Marilyn Thomas Hall

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974


Joanna Karatzas

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974.

Joanna Karatzas (Enquist) is a graphics designer in the Chicago area. Married Philip Enquist, also graduate of USC. Philip Enquist received the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from USC Architecture. [News information from the School of Architecture web site accessed 4/2016].


Marcia Chiono

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974.

In 1977 was listed as an officer in the Pasadena chapter of the AIA (LAT, October 23, 1977). Chiono was licensed to practice in California 1980-2009.


Christina Filander

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974.

Designer in Long Beach, member of the Long Beach chapter of AIA. Owner of CF Design Stuio.


May Yang Lau?

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1974.


Leslie Jeanne Bowman

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1975.


Christine Marie Lampert

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1975.

Masters in Architecture from the New School of Architecture in San Diego. Her masters thesis was titled “Changing the Role of the Architect in Community Based Designs and in Creating Livable Communities.” Lampert is principal architect of Lampert-Dias Architects, Inc., and since 2014 has also been in the position of senior associate director of architecture at UDP International, headquartered in Hong Kong. Lampert is member of the American Institute of Architects, and was Governor’s Appointee to the California Architects Board, 1994-2002, reappointed in 1998. She has lectured and taught at USC, Orange Coast College, and the California State Polytechnic Institute, and has been active on various architectural examination boards (information from CV, 2013)


Marsha L. Glenn

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1975.


Elisabete Minceff

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1975.

Licensed to practice in California as Elisabete Minceff Erlandson. In the directory of AIA/San Fernando membership is listed as working for Walt Disney Imagineering (accessed April 20, 2016)


Alexia Joan Sokol

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1975.

Worked as system analyst for Northrup International, as project administrator for IBM, and has taught at various local colleges.