The Theodate Pope Riddle Women in Architecture and Design Award is intended to recognize women who have made significant contributions to both design excellence and the advancement of women in the fields of architecture and design.
Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946) designed Hill-Stead as a home for her family in 1901 and transformed it into a museum through her last will and testament. On the occasion of the museum’s 75th anniversary, we celebrate and honor her legacy by creating this award. Theodate was one of the first women to become a licensed architect in both New York and Connecticut. Throughout her lifetime, Theodate demonstrated gifted design instincts, unwavering initiative, and keen sensitivity to not only the art of architecture but also the immense power of place.