USC Women In Architecture

USC Women In Architecture

March 25, 2015

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall


Although female students now outnumber male students at the USC School of Architecture, this was not always the case. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Women in USC Architecture with a look back and a panel discussion with some of our outstanding alumnae.


Schedule Participants:


Trudi Sandmeier

Director, Heritage Conservation Programs

USC School of Architecture


Ruth Wallach (MHC 2013)

Director of Arts and Humanities Libraries



Ena Dubnoff (B. Arch 1960)

Ena Dubnoff received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from USC, graduating cum laude and earning the AIA Medal for Excellence in Architecture. At Columbia University, she earned a Masters Degree in Urban Design and was awarded a Willliam Kinne Fellows traveling fellowship which allowed her to travel widely and to spend a year in India. She established her own practice in 1984 and her focus has been designing multi-family housing for low-income households and projects for providers of social services for local communities. She is a founding partner of ONE Company, a partnership of four women started to develop affordable housing with a multitude of projects in Los Angeles and Oregon. Dubnoff has lectured extensively and been a faculty member at the University of Southern California, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Pennsylvania State University.


Therese M. Gain (B.S. Arch 1974)

Therese Gain is the Director of Facilities for the Fremont Unified School District. Ms. Gain oversees all of the facility planning and construction activities of the District.  The District maintains 42 school sites for 33,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, plus some pre-school and adult school programs.  Ms. Gain is currently overseeing the District’s implementation of a $650 million dollar bond program to construct health and safety, technology and general modernization improvements throughout the District.  The District’s construction program also includes the addition of new classroom buildings and the conversion of five junior high school campuses to middle schools. The construction of a developer-built elementary school is also currently in the planning stage.


Jenna Knudsen, AIA LEED AP BD+C (B. Arch 1997)

Jenna Knudsen, an associate principal with CO Architects in Los Angeles, has been immersed in the design and management of large-scale healthcare and academic projects in which she has embraced BIM-enabled integrated project delivery. Her recent work on major projects such as Palomar Medical Center and the Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix placed her at the leading edge of this pioneering practice model, and for which she was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a 2011 AIA Young Architect Award recipient. Through regional and national speaking engagements, Jenna has advocated BIM as both a design and team integration tool. In addition to a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California, Jenna holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, where she was awarded an Honor Award for Excellence in Design and a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship.


Christine M. Lampert, AIA, NCARB (B.S. Arch 1974)

Christine Lampert is a principal with her firm Lampert Dias Architects, Inc. is located in San Clemente, California. Her professional practice includes commercial, retail, school and government projects, banks, libraries, custom residential, senior housing, community centers, adult day care facilities, historic rehabilitations, and master planning projects. She is also the Senior Associate Director of Architecture for UDP International LLC in Hong Kong, an international master planning firm with an architecture division in Hong Kong. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for several institutions, including USC.


Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA (B. Arch 1983)

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. (est. 1988) has been recognized by the AIA, California Preservation Foundation (CPF), Los Angeles Conservancy, and California Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. The project architect for the nationally recognized Gamble House conservation project and for the restoration of the Japanese House located at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, the firm recently completed the Hafley House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1953. Kelly lectures for the USC School of Architecture’s Heritage Conservation Summer Course, and at conferences around the Country. Kelly is a member of the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Architecture; a member of the Urban Land Institute; the USC Architectural Guild; CPF Board of Trustees; Board of Directors for the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTi) and serves as co-chair for APTi’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage.