Ms. Eszter Pecsi


Quick Facts

Born: 03/08/1898, Kecskemet
Died: 05/04/1975, NY.
Spouse: Mr. Joseph Fischer, Structural Design Engineer
Number of children: 2 

 Gyorgy and Janos

In Hungary
Education: Budapest Technical University, One of first four women to graduate in Engineering and Architectural Engineering
Occupation: 1930 to 1948 Structural Design Engineer, from 1949 has her own Structural Design firm.
Active role in the revolution: YES

Ms Pecsi was elected to head the Revolutionary Council in Budapest. As a result, after the revolution lost, she was let go from her job at KGMTI, she escaped to Austria. She performed the structural analysi for the parking structure near the Opera house in Vienna.

In 1958 she emigrated to the United States.

In United States of America
Arrival: 1958, New York

Occupation: Structural Design Engineer
Workplaces: Farkas & Barron Engineering;  worked with Breuer and Marcell;   Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, New York

Awards: Worked on Hotel Americana and the towers at Columbia University. She was named “The Years Best Structural Engineer” for her developing  a special technique for the foundation of the Towers by the Hudson.

Between 1915 and 1919 Ms. Pecsi studied at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin- Charlottenburg. After the Budapest Technical University opened its doors to women, she returned home and completed her studies there. With three other women, she was among the first who obtained their degrees there. On March 8, 1920, she was the first woman to receive a degree in Architecture. Her career earned the highest recognition and accolades.

Eszter passed away in 1975 and was her ashes were interned at the Farkasreti Cemetery in Budapest.

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