Edith Hughes (Architect) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Edith Hughes (architect)

Edith Mary Wardlaw Burnet Hughes HonFRIAS was a Scottish architect, and is considered Britain’s first practising woman architect, having established her own architecture firm in 1920.

Born: Edith Mary Burnet, 07, 1888, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 28, 1971
Nationality: Scottish
Other names: Edith Mary Wardlaw Burnet Hughes
Alma mater: Gray’s School of Art
Occupation: Architect
Spouse(s): Thomas Harold Hughes
Children: 3
Parent(s): George Wardlaw Burnet, May Crudelius
Awards: the first woman nominated for membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), elected an Honorary Fellow of the RIAS in 1968

About Edith Hughes

Considered by some to be Britain’s first practicing female architect. Established her Glasgow practice in 1920. Works included the Coatbridge War Memorial, the Glasgow Mercat Cross, and commissions for certain elements of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and Music School in Edinburgh.

Before Fame

She toured Europe as a young lady, being exposed to a vast array of old-world architecture and hearing a variety of lectures at the Sorbonne. She graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 1914 with a diploma in architecture, although her first discipline was garden design.


She was the first woman nominated for membership in the Royal Institute of British Architects, although her nomination was denied because of her gender.

Family Life

Her father was advocate George Wardlaw Burnet and her uncle was architect Sir John Burnet. She married fellow architect and former tutor Thomas Hughes and had three children.


She was born in the same country as actor Sean Connery.

Information related to Edith Hughes (architect)

  • Women in architecture – Women in architecture have been documented for many centuries, as professional practitioners, educators and clients. Since architecture became organized as a profession in 1857, the number of women in architecture has been low.
  • Architects from Aberdeen
  • Fellows of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
  • Alumni of Gray’s School of Art
  • 20th-century Scottish architects
  • Academics of Robert Gordon University
  • Architects from Edinburgh
  • British women architects

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Latest information about Edith Hughes updated on August 27, 2020.

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