Women in Architecture

Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee empowers and promotes women within the architecture profession through advocacy, community outreach, professional development and mentorship. As a forum that educates, celebrates and inspires, WIA Committee develops engaging programming to elevate the visibility and support of women in architecture in Cleveland.


AIA Cleveland and Women-in-Architecture Committee Presents | Susan Skarsgard


This lecture will be structured around an unusual career path that has wandered through some of the most interesting and important legacies of design in America. This includes an insider’s view of the General Motors Technical Center campus, designed by Eero Saarinen and considered to be a modern masterpiece of industrial architecture. Then a deeper dive inside this highly-controlled campus at the Global Design headquarters, to see where GM vehicles are imagined today. This story will be told with a profound link to GM’s design history and with a unique perspective on how her corporate career has been informed and influenced by her personal art work and relentless curiosity.

Susan Skarsgard is an artist & designer from Ann Arbor, Michigan known internationally for her fine art works, artist books, design and calligraphy. Her art installation “Imagine/Align” blooms every spring at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum in a one-half mile long line of 20,000 yellow daffodils traversing the environment, mapping thought and inspiring contemplation.

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She has been a featured speaker for many art and design organizations, conferences & events and has conducted workshops and classes traveling extensively throughout North America, Australia, and Europe. Her work is widely collected by individuals and institutions including the Library of Congress Rare Book Room, University of Michigan Special Collections, University of Delaware, San Francisco Public Library and Smith College. The Newberry Library in Chicago has committed to collect her papers and work.

Skarsgard apprenticed in the late 1980s with Gerry Campbell, a masterful lettering and type designer from Detroit. She received her MFA in 2004 from the University of Michigan School of Art + Design.

Skarsgard has worked at General Motors Design since 1994. For 12 years she designed vehicle emblems and lettering for automotive nameplates and corporate & brand identity. Currently, she the manager of the GM Design Archive & Special Collections, which she and her staff founded in 2008.

Interested in the WIA Committee? Please contact:
Pradnya Martz, AIA
AIA Cleveland Women in Architecture Chair
Email: pradnya.martz@gmail.com