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Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect
Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect

Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers. Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left behind when meetings broke up. "Natalie used to tell stories abut how they would break for lunch and then the male partners would take the clients to an all-male club and she couldn't attend. She'd have to go out and have a sandwich," Chicago architect Carol Ross Barney recalled this week. De Blois, who played a leading role in the creation of such modernist icons as the former Pepsi-Cola headquarters on New...

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