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The Life and Work of Architect Judith Chafee

Princeton Architectural Press

By Christopher Domin, By Kathryn McGuire, Introduction by William J.R. Curtis


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Powerhouse is the first book on the singular life and career of American architect Judith Chafee (1932-1998). Chafee was an unrepentant modernist on the forefront of sustainable design. Her architecture shows great sensitivity to place, especially the desert landscapes of Arizona. Chafee was also a social justice advocate and a highly respected woman in a male-dominated profession. After graduating from the Yale University Architecture School, where her advisor was Paul Rudolph, she went on to work in the offices of legends including Rudolph, Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. In addition to her architectural legacy, her decades of teaching helped shape a generation of architects. Chafee’s drawings and archival images of her work are complemented by stunning photography by Ezra Stoller and Bill Timmerman.

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Size: 10 x 8 1/2 in;
Pages: 272 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2019
ISBN: 9781616897178

Christopher Domin is an architect and professor at the University of Arizona. He is co-author of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses and a contributor to Victor Lundy: Artist Architect.


Kathryn McGuire is an architect in Tucson, Arizona. She knew Judith Chafee for over twenty years as student, employee, and friend.


William J.R. Curtis is a historian, critic, artist, and photographer. He is author of Modern Architecture Since 1900 and Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, among many others.