Wendy Evans Joseph

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Wendy Evans Joseph
Born1955 (age 67–68)[1]
🏳️ NationalityUnited States
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, Harvard University
💼 Occupation
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
👩 Spouse(s)Jeffrey V. Ravetch (2001—present)
🏅 AwardsRome Prize in Architecture, 1984[2]

Wendy Evans Joseph (born 1955)[1] is an American architect.[8][9][10] She is the president of the National Academy of Design[11], and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).[12][13]

Early life and education[edit]

Joseph was born in 1955 to Melvin I. Evans and Fran R. Evans.[14][15] She studied at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with Bachelor of Arts in 1977. Shen then worked for an architectural firm for a year[13] before getting into Harvard University Graduate School of Design; she later graduated with a Master in Architecture in 1981.[15]


Fresh out of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she got hired by architect Henry N. Cobb to work for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, where she eventually stayed for twelve years—seven of which as a senior associate.[13] While working for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, she was the senior designer for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum project.[16]

She was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 1984[17], and the president of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects until 2000.[18][19]

In 1998, she launched her architectural practice, Joseph Studio, in New York.[3][15]

In 2000, Joseph was hired by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.[20] Later in October that year, and as part of renovations for the former Dallas' Coliseum in the Fair Park Joseph designed The Women's Museum.[21][22][23][16][24]

Joseph redesigned the interiors of Inn at the Price Tower hotel.[6][25][26][27]

Joseph was a member of both the boards of American Ballet Theater and the New York Hall of Science.[15] She was the chairwoman of the board of overseers at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania[15]

Joseph was the president of the Architectural League of New York,[28] and as of 2022 she still sits on its board of directors.[29]

In 2009, an architectural monograph she co-wrote with Paul Goldberger was published by Melcher Media.[9][30][31]


  • Pop Up Architecture (Melcher Media, 2009), co-written with Paul Goldberger ISBN 978-1595910608 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.


  • Rome Prize in architecture (1984)[2]

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Personal life[edit]

She first married Peter Joseph, a banker. The couple later divorced.[32] In 2001, she married Jeffrey V. Ravetch, a professor of molecular genetics and immunology at Rockefeller University.[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Wendy Evans Joseph – National Academicians – eMuseum". National Academy of Design. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Wendy Evans Joseph - Price Tower Arts Center". Retrieved 17 August 2022. In 1984, she won the Rome Prize in Architecture and was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gamolina, Julia (27 June 2019). "Knees Bent: Wendy Evans Joseph on Making Architecture and Giving Back".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Architecture". Price Tower Arts Center.
  5. "Oklahoma NHL Price Tower". Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Schmertz, Mildred (31 May 2003). "AD Hotels: Inn at Price Tower". www.architecturaldigest.com. Architectural Digest. Retrieved 25 August 2022. Architect Joseph, by designing almost all the hotel's furnishings, as well as murals, throw pillows and rugs, understood that this effort would honor Wright's own tradition of total design.
  7. Kahn, Eve M. (19 December 2002). "CURRENTS: ARCHITECTURE; Frank Lloyd Wright's Quirky Oklahoma Tower Turns Into a Quirky Hotel". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  8. Louie, Elaine (August 17, 2011). "Ken Smith's Pod Planters Land on a Midtown Terrace" – via NYTimes.com.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Louie, Elaine (7 October 2009). "Rising Right Before Your Eyes". Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  10. Brown, Brenda J. (June 2004). "The Poetry of Passages". Landscape Architecture Magazine. 94 (6): 102–113. JSTOR 44675126. Retrieved 15 August 2022. Both these elements are part of a passage system by architect Wendy Evans Joseph that connects with the campus's tunnel system to the northeast and to the north-west points to the main campus allées. Unknown parameter |quote-pages= ignored (help)
  11. "NAD". nationalacademy.org.
  12. "Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA". www.themodern.org.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Wendy Evans Joseph". Newsmakers. Gale (publisher). 1 March 2006.
  14. "Paid Notice: Deaths EVANS, MELVIN I." The New York Times. December 16, 1998.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 "WEDDING; Wendy Joseph, Jeffrey Ravetch". The New York Times. October 28, 2001. The bride, 45, has an architectural practice in New York bearing her name. She was until last year the president of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dillon, David (November 2001). "Women's Museum Fair Park, Dallas, Texas: Wendy Evans Joseph's New Museum Inside a 1909 State Fair Pavilion Respects the Past But Points to the Future as the Place to Be". Architectural Record. BNP Media. 189 (11): 158–160. ISSN 0003-858X.
  17. "Board of Trustees American Academy in Rome". American Academy in Rome. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  18. "Wendy Evans Joseph". Price Tower Arts Center Price Tower Arts Center.
  19. Spangler, Todd (23 November 2001). "Wright classic endangered". Marysville Appeal Democrat. Retrieved 23 November 2001.
  20. "Jazz Museum Hires Wendy Evans Joseph". New York Construction News. McGraw Hill Publications Company. 49 (4): 9. 20 November 2000. ISSN 0028-7164.
  21. Gregory, Mike (2009). Expo Legacies: Names, Numbers, Facts & Figures. p. 241. ISBN 9781438980737. In less than four years $30 million was raised, and with the help of architect Wendy Evans Joseph, the old Coliseum was renovated and redesigned as the Women's Museum, opening on September 29, 2000. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  22. Threadgill, Kay MacCasland (16 November 2009). Exploring Dallas with Children: A Guide for Family Activities. Taylor Trade Publications. p. 48. ISBN 9781589794337. Designed by New York architect Wendy Evans Joseph, the three-level museum celebrates the history and contributions of women in America. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  23. "The Historic Heart of Fair Park - Old Coliseum_Former Women's Museum". www.watermelon-kid.com. The Watermelon Kid. Retrieved 10 August 2022. In October 2000, the old Coliseum became the Women's Museum after F. & S. Partners renovated both the exterior and the cavernous interior at a cost of about $25 million. Wendy Evans Joseph of New York was the project's design architect.
  24. "Leaders kick off construction of national women's museum". The Port Arthur News. Dallas. 9 March 1999. p. 5.
  25. Dillon, David (July 2003). "Wendy Evans Joseph turns an iconic work by Frank Lloyd Wright into THE INN AT PRICE TOWER with no edginess lost". Architectural Record. 191 (7): 118. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  26. Kaufman, David (2003). "Design at a price: Wright's historic Oklahoma tower dons a new interior". Hospitality Design. 25 (3): 4. ISSN 1062-9254. But for New York-based Wendy Evans Joseph, recently commissioned to install a new hotel and restaurant in Wright's legendary 1956 Price Tower Arts Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with just one previous hotel to her credit, the experience proved inspiring, not intimidating.
  27. Kurt, Kelly (16 February 2003). "Wright's Price Tower". Sandusky Sunday Register. Bartlesville, Oklahoma. p. 37.
  28. "Wendy Evans Joseph". Retrieved 25 August 2022. She was the President of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Chairman of the AIA National Committee on Design, and past-president of the Architectural League of New York.
  29. "Board of Directors 2022–2023". The Architectural League of New York. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  30. McManus, David (February 5, 2010). "Pop Up Architecture Book: New York City Buildings". e-architect.
  31. Shapiro, Gary (January 2010). "Buildings That Jump Off the Page". ARTnews. Vol. 109 no. 1. ISSN 0004-3273. Looking at the installation, he notes that Wendy Evans Joseph has found inventive ways to showcase intricate fragile works on paper by such artists as Kara Walker, Jane South, and Olafur Eliasson. Now, Joseph has applied that talent to making an elaborate paper artwork of her own: a pop-up book of her building projects, Wendy Evans Joseph: Pop-Up Architecture.
  32. Brennan, Carol (2007). Newsmakers 2006 Cumulation. Gale. pp. 201–202. ISBN 978-1-4144-1886-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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