National Museum of Women in the Arts

By Cara Versace, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Associate Principal

Happy Women’s History Month


The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the first museum in the world that is solely dedicated to championing women through the arts and MCA is proud to be the Architect of Record for the major renovation at NMWA, collaborating with Lead Design Architect, Sandra Vicchio & Associates.  During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the talented women that form the leadership of the Design and Construction Teams on this important project that will support NMWA’s mission by transforming their facility with flexible galleries, breathtaking event and retail spaces, and state-of-the-art education areas, while preserving the building’s historic character.


According to a recent AIA article, “only 17% of registered architects are women.”  Likewise, only about 13% of engineers and less than 10% of construction professionals are women.  For these reasons, we commend our remarkable team of accomplished women that are bringing this complex and noteworthy project to fruition and changing the face of our professions!



Front row: Susan Fisher Sterling, The Alice West Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Second Row:  Casey Cloonan (Grunley), Veronica Plischke (MCA), Rebecca Fischer (Mueller Associates), Jenn Tantum (JM Zell) Sandra Vicchio (Sandra Vicchio & Associates)

Third Row:       Kaitlyn Poland (Grunley), Cara Versace (MCA), Wendy Jessup (Wendy Jessup and Associates)

Fourth Row:     Janine Hildebrand (CVM), Jessi Slakman (Grunley), Eileen Ritter (Eileen Ritter and Associates), Karen Schulte (Mueller Associates)


Photo Credit: Kevin Allen