Paying Homage to Julia Morgan – Female Architect

Paying Homage to Julia Morgan – Female Architect

Hearst Castle designed by Julia Morgan

“My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.” —Julia Morgan

As the architect of over 700 buildings in California, and the first woman to receive a Civil Engineering degree from the University of California at Berkley, Julia Morgan was a force to be reckoned with. She surmounted gender barriers in the United States and abroad, and inspired generations of young women to follow their dreams.

Julia was born in January of 1872 in San Francisco. After graduating from the the University of California at Berkley, one of her instructors encouraged her to apply to the famous “École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts”, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. However, she was met with a few hurdles. The administration had previously never conceived of admitting women, so Morgan was rejected. For the next two years, Julia Morgan participated in prestigious competitions in Paris, winning most of them.

In 1898, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts) in Paris finally admitted her, and Julia became the first woman to be admitted, and graduate with a degree in architecture from this prestigious institution.

Upon returning to the States, Julia Morgan became the first female architect in California. She worked for John Galen Howard in Berkeley, drawing elevations and designing details for the Hearst Memorial Mining Building and helping with the design of the Hearst Greek Theater.

Over the span of her career, Julia was the architect of over 700 buildings in California. These included such projects as several private residential projects and the Oakland’s Mills College Bell Tower (1904), as you can see below.


And the Winner is….

And the Winner is….

Congrats to “Miss Ann”, our $250 Gift Card Award Winner. If you’d like to win as well, simply send us your photos with Paradigm Gallery products and a review, and we’ll pick the winner with the best design skills. Living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, have fun with it.

Below are images from Miss Ann’s gorgeous living room. In the photo, you’ll find our Pavillion Chair and Knoll Sofa.


“I had a wonderful experience with Paradigm Gallery.  Their customer service is outstanding.  I placed a custom order and Paradigm Gallery’s staff kept me apprised of my order status on a regular basis. The furniture quality is excellent.  I’ve seen (and sat on) many reproduction Knoll pieces – most of them don’t even come close to the originals in quality.  Paradigm Gallery’s furniture is outstanding – from the high-grade leather to the steel and chrome.  These pieces are reproduced so close to the originals that only the owner will know they aren’t the “real McCoy.”  It’s rare to find companies these days that strive to provide exemplary customer service and a phenomenal product.  Kudos to the team at Paradigm Gallery!”

Miss Ann
Northern New Jersey

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