Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee is the first book on the singular life and career of American architect and unrepentant modernist Judith Chafee. Her architecture shows great sensitivity to place, especially the desert landscapes of Arizona. Chafee was also a social justice advocate and a highly respected woman in a male-dominated profession.
After graduating from the Yale University Architecture School, where her advisor was Paul Rudolph, she went on to work in the offices of legends including Rudolph, Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. In addition to her architectural legacy, her decades of teaching helped shape a generation of architects.
Chafee’s drawings and archival images of her work are complemented by stunning photography by Ezra Stoller and Bill Timmerman. Examining her academic and professional work, and featuring 11 projects that span her career, Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee is a fitting tribute to a leading figure in architecture who stood on the forefront of sustainable design.