As many industry experts and casual observers know, men have largely dominated the CAD industry for many years. This was largely because societal norms denied women access to the education and training necessary for positions in the industry. Thankfully, today’s more modern society has become far more inclusive and as a result, women have more opportunities in the CAD industry than ever before.

The industry has also begun to see a significant surge in female-designed architecture, and today we are going to examine three different buildings designed partly or completely by women. These buildings are great examples of what it means to have women pursuing higher education and employment within the CAD & architectural drafting field.

Introducing the Aqua Tower in Chicago, Illinois

drafting and designThe Chicago skyline has always been one of the most impressive as it features the Sears tower and more, but Jeanne Gang took it to an entirely new level. Her design of the Aqua Tower brought new life to the Chicago skyline, and it incepted what is currently the third tallest building in the world with a woman-lead architect at 859 feet tall. The building is used as a residential and office structure which might sound typical, but a look at the exterior will tell you it is anything but typical. True to the name given to it by the creator, the Aqua tower takes on the appearance of waves that surround the building and gives it a more fluid aesthetic.

The Liebe House – A Product of the 70’s

This building was not solely designed by a woman, but it was designed by a husband and wife team: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The house was completed in 1969 and is often referred to as an extraordinary place. It is a very small piece of architecture, but it uses the environment around it and unusual architecture to ensure that it is not only visible but highly memorable.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There are a lot of memorials for the Vietnam war around the United States, but when someone mentions the words ‘Vietnam Veterans Memorial,’ one structure typically comes to mind. This structure is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected in Washington DC. Maya Lin originally created the memorial in 1982 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama. While this is the highest award a civilian can receive, it is easily outshined by the significance and sheer beauty of the monument itself. Maya Lin also built the Riggio-Lynch Chapel in Tennessee, and it is certain that she will continue to create amazing structures for many years to come.

A Future for Women in CAD

From all of this, casual observers and industry experts alike can ascertain that women have a strong future in the CAD industry and that women will continue to accomplish amazing feats within the industry for the foreseeable future. If you are a woman, and if you would like to see yourself in one of these positions, you need only apply yourself and get the education you need to start moving forward.

Obtain the Right Education

favPursuing a career in the CAD industry means making sure that you get the right education and training to be successful in the industry both personally and professionally. The process of seeking out this education and training does not need to be overly complicated either. In a relatively short time, you could be the next person on this list, and you may design the next huge skyscraper in one of the most famous cities in the world.

If you are ready for more information and if you are ready to advance your career in the drafting industry, then it is time for you to give us a call, sign up for courses, and get your future underway. The industry needs more women right now, and it could be waiting for you to enroll in CAD school.

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