Jean Alice Linden was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February
15, 1922. She was educated at Wayne University (1944-46) and the University
of Illinois (B.S. Arch., 1947). She was an architectural design and illustrating
instructor at the University of Kentucky (1948-49) and a draftsperson and
designer for Brock & Johnson, Architects, in Lexington, Kentucky (1948-49).
In 1948 she married Clayton Young and they moved to Seattle, Washington,
in 1949. Their three children were born in 1953 (Deborah), 1954 (Lance),
and 1957 (Sharon).
Jean Linden Young and her husband established a joint practice,
Clayton & Jean Young and Associates Architects, in Seattle in 1954,
which lasted until 1975. After their divorce in 1976 Jean Young established
her own private practice. Her designs were almost all private residences,
apartment buildings, and small commercial structures, in the Seattle area.
She became a registered architect of Washington state in 1955.
Young was active in many architectural organizations, particularly
those that promoted the place of women in the profession. As a member of
the American Institute of Architects she served on the Task Force on Women
in Architectural Profession (1972- 76) and the Scholarship Committee (member,
1976-80; chair, 1980).
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Most notably, she was Secretary General (1976-79)
of L'Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) and coordinated
the 1979 congress in Seattle. She formed Sisters for a Human Environment
(SHE), a network of Seattle women architects, in the 1970s. Young also
served as chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Awareness and
Sensitivity of the Seattle Chapter of the AIA (1968-72).
Young served as a member of the Board of Architectural
Registration of Washington State (member 1974-79; chair 1978-79), and as
a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the [Washington] State
Senate on Financial Institutions (1974- 75). Young served on the Mayor's
Small business Task Force (1984) and was appointed by the Mayor to two
terms on the Seattle Design Commission (1979-80, 1981-82). She was also
appointed to the panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration
Association (1974). From 1985 to 1989, Young served on the King County
Landmarks Commission. She also did graduate studies at the University of
Jean Linden Young died on May 25, 1997, in Seattle.
Scope and Content:
The Jean Linden Young papers consist of materials created
and collected by Young during her lifetime. They include notes written
as an instructor at the University of Kentucky, newspaper articles about
her and her husband's architectural projects and accomplishments, information
about her tenure as Secretary General of the UIFA, personal and professional
correspondence, certificates of accomplishment, photographs and sketches
of buildings she designed or renovated, exhibit boards, and literature
about architecture in the Seattle area.
The Jean Linden Young papers were donated in December 1998
by Young's daughters, Sharon Hall and Deborah Young. The collection was
processed in January and February 1999 by Gina Ellis, student assistant,
and Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator, Special Collections Department.
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