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Gottlieb, Lois Davidson


Biographical Note

Lois Davidson Gottlieb is a residential designer currently (2010) based in San Francisco, California. She was born on November 13,1926 in San Francisco and attended Stanford University from 1944 to 1947, where she studied art and engineering and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She served as an apprentice to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright from 1948 to 1949 as part of the Taliesin Fellowship in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona. And she did her graduate work at Harvard University's School of Design from 1949 to 1950.

Gottlieb began her career working as a designer for Warren Callister in San Francisco. Her first solo project was the design of the Val Goeschen house, a one-room unit with 576 square feet, in Inverness, CA. She went on to design other residences in Marin County as part of the design team Duncombe-Davidson based in Sausalito, CA. This partnership spanned the years 1951 to 1956. From 1956 to 2002, Gottlieb worked as a freelance residential designer on over 100 projects in the Bay Area and in Riverside, CA, as well as in Washington, Idaho, and Virginia.

Gottlieb served as a lecturer at the College of the Holy Names in Oakland, CA from 1960 to 1964, at Alameda State College in Hayward, CA from 1962 to 1964, and at the University of California Extension in Riverside, CA from 1966 to 1972. She also gave guest lectures at various universities around the world, including one at Virginia Tech in 1996.

Gottlieb's work has been written about in many newspapers and periodicals, including House Beautiful and the Marin County Independent Journal. She has also published several works of her own, including Environment and Design in Housing (a book which was based on her lectures for a course of the same name and was published in 1966) and A Way of Life: An Apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright (which was based on the traveling exhibit of her photographs of Taliesin). Gottlieb's work has also been exhibited in institutions across the country, including a one-woman architectural exhibit at Virginia Tech in 1998 and the exhibit of photographs of Taliesin in 2000-2001.

From 1995 to 1996, Gottlieb designed and supervised the construction of an 11,000 sq. ft. home and office complex for her son, Mark Gottlieb, and his family in Fairfax Station, Virginia. She also produced a video, "Building a Dream: A Family Affair," which documents her work on the project.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Architectural Drawing of the Main Floor Plan for the Gottlieb Home

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1997-003_GottliebLois_F10_GottliebResidence_Sheet2

Architectural Drawings for Elevations of the Gottlieb Home

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1997-003_GottliebLois_F10_GottliebResidence_Sheet4

Pearl M. Brickman Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2013-081

Pearl Brickman (1928- ). Collection includes three design projects she developed during her years (1977-1979) at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI Arc), and fifteen projects from her professional career (1982-2002), including project descriptions, drawings,and progress photographs.

Dates: 1977 - 2002

Drawing of Living Room Wall of the Gottlieb Home

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1997-003_GottliebLois_F10_GottliebResidence_Sheet10B

"Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center," selected exhibit panels

Identifier: Ms-2011-075

"Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center" was an exhibition held at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia, as part of their Dominion Exhibition Series and was on display from March 4-June 6, 2010. It featured the work of pioneering women in architecture and design from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) collection at Virginia Tech.

Dates: 2010

Lois Davidson Gottlieb Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-1997-003

This collection includes the papers of Lois Davidson Gottlieb, architectural designer, author, and lecturer. It includes photographs, writings, storyboards, and printed material relating to her various professional activities as an author and lecturer, as well as some drawings from her work as an undergraduate and graduate student. Also includes files and drawings relating to her work on various residential design projects dating from 1951 to 2002.

Dates: 1945 - 2009

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