The Woman in the Room Book Reading and Signing

Wednesday, April 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Author Jane Hastings will read excerpts from her memoir, The Woman in the Room, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies. Books will be available for purchase at the museum’s gift shop.

JANE HASTINGS was just nine years old when she declared she would become an architect. A child of Depression-era Seattle, Jane worked her way through college in the aftermath of World War II and was among the first women licensed to practice architecture in the state of Washington. Throughout her award-winning career, she designed more than 500 projects and achieved many “firsts” as a leader in the American Institute of Architects.

In her new memoir, Jane describes her journey to the top of her profession—a story of persistence, resilience, and creativity. Along the way, she embraced a life of adventure while building friendships that span nine decades and circle the globe.


“Jane Hastings writes with warmth and charm of her long career as a professional woman in a man’s world, breaking barriers by simply never accepting no for an answer. Clever, creative, and curious, Hastings was one of Seattle’s foremost twentieth-century architects, and her memoir is delightful. She is one of Seattle’s own.”

Lorraine McConaghy, historian and author, Museum of History & Industry

“With astonishing candor, The Woman in the Room sparkles with a felicity that turns on how its author lives with the door always open, delighting in the realization of a young girl’s dream to be an architect—a blueprint offered, no ceiling ever in sight.”

Donna Dunay, FAIA, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Chair, International Archive of Women in Architecture, Virginia Tech