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A new blueprint for architectural excellence
A new blueprint for architectural excellence

Do you know the Monuments Men? I don't mean the George Clooney movie with the middling box-office numbers. I mean the male geniuses, according to architecture's creaky conventional wisdom, who push the profession forward with one pricey and daring building after another. The Monuments Men have ruled architecture for a good 500 years, since at least the days Andrea Palladio was designing impressively scaled villas for his clients in Northern Italy. Their prominence peaked about a decade ago, with the well-chronicled rise of the globe-trotting celebrity architect and his small army of publicists. The women who have broken into this club — and there have been a few, like...

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