"This fine monograph on Marion Manley (1893-1984) is long overdue...beautifully designed and is highly recommended for libraries of all types with an interest in Miami and Florida, and academic libraries collecting architectural history, art history and women's studies."
—Art Libraries Society of North America
"Marion Manley resonates with our modern times. She was passionate about environmental conditions, the adaptive reuse of materials and a respect for local vernacular precedents along with engineering innovations. Her design for the University of Miami was praised around the world as the first modern university. Lynn and Penabad document the full extent of Manley's pioneering presence and the respect she rightly won."
"An overdue tribute to a woman who accomplished so much so far ahead of her time."
"Catherine Lynn and Carie Penabad's deeply researched and carefully constructed life-and-works study of Miami's first woman architect, Marion I. Manley (1893-1984), is thus doubly welcome for recording the travails of a regional practitioner and for celebrating the fact that this architect designed buildings—and supervised their construction to her famously exacting standards—when her peers were all men."
—Ellen Weiss, The Journal of Southern History
Best known as one of the designers of the innovative University of Miami campus built just after the Second World War, Manley worked on other public buildings that are less well known, including an addition to the John Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Her residential work is interesting as well: modest and rational, with careful consideration of regional characteristics and construction appropriate to the south Florida landscape. As noted architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk remarks in her foreword, “Understanding the reduced circumstances of the provenance of these buildings and their low-technology characteristics, such as rooms with cross ventilation, large areas of shaded glass, and the almost tactile relationship to the adjacent landscape, we must admire the legacy of Marion Manley.”
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