In 2018, AIA Minnesota’s Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) began the FAIA Legacy Project. This project amplifies the achievements of our female fellows by documenting the stories of the Minnesota women architects recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor.

The project’s primary goals are: 1) to increase the visibility of women architects to break down stereotypes that may be instrumental in the formation of unconscious bias about women in the profession and 2) to increase the visibility of women architects to encourage more women to seek a career in architecture and to stay productive in the profession despite adversity.

Funding from the Minnesota Historical Society supported the first eleven interviews and oral histories; funding from the Minnesota Architectural Foundation (MAF) Women in Architecture Fund has enabled post-production of three interviews into documentaries. The Legacy Project’s work to document these important stories continues as the list of women elevated to Fellow in MN has grown to 20 as of 2023.

The completed documentaries can be viewed in their entirety below. Additional films will be added to this page as they are completed.


Renee Cheng, FAIA

Linda McCracken Hunt, FAIA

Su Blumentals, FAIA

Rebecca Lewis, FAIA

Sarah Nettleton, FAIA