Judith Edelman, FAIA graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1946. She was a pioneer in the field both as a woman and as a designer of affordable housing. Judy was a founding member of the Alliance of Women in Architecture, chaired The American Institute of Architects’ first task force on women in architecture, and in 1989 was recognized as a ‘Woman of Vision’ by the National Organization of Women. Locally she was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the AIA New York Chapter and taught for several years at the City College School of Architecture. Judy and her late husband, Harold, were jointly awarded the AIA New York Chapter’s prestigious ‘Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing’ award in 1990. Judy grew up in Brooklyn and benefitted from an education at small progressive schools, where her study of art and modern dance opened the doors to architecture. She was a long-time Greenwich Village resident and a member of the community of artists and architects who began to encourage social change in the 60’s. She inspired many young designers through her appearance on Sesame Street in 1975, including a future employee!  Judy continued to design and inspire through the age of 91, when she passed away at her home in Manhattan.  Her international family includes grandchildren in three countries and one great-granddaughter in New York.