Kathleen Lugosch, graduate program director in architecture + design and a key figure in the creation of the master of architecture program, received the Women in Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects on Nov. 20 as part of the ArchitectureBoston Expo.
The Women in Design Award is “presented in recognition of a person who has designed her own life in design, whose work exemplifies the best of process and practice, and who uses a position of achievement to give back to the world of design and to the community at large.”
Lugosch, who joined the faculty in 1990, was a leader in expanding a small interior design program into the only professional, accredited architecture program at a public university in New England. From a faculty of three, the program has expanded to 16 and is on the cusp of becoming part of a larger School of the Built Environment, according to colleague Max Page.
“We are exceptionally proud that Kathleen Lugosch is receiving this important award, and joins a club which includes Adela Santos, Andrea Leers, and Ann Beha,” said Stephen Schreiber, director of the architecture + design program. “They are some of the most significant leaders in the field of architecture in Massachusetts and Kathleen deserves to take her place among them.”
This award has also brought attention to the make-up of the architecture program. It has the distinction of being the architecture program with the highest proportion of female professors of any university in New England and perhaps the country. In a field still dominated by men, the program faculty is more than half women (56 percent). By comparison, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design faculty is one-quarter female; MIT’s School of Architecture is 29 percent female. A 2009 study suggested that nationwide approximately one-third of architecture school faculty were women.