Lutah Maria Riggs

The Lutah Maria Riggs Society was founded in 2013 to celebrate the courage and creative brilliance of the architect for whom the Society is named. Her remarkable work should command an important position in the history of American architecture and yet, until now it has gone largely unrecognized.

With the expertise of Lutah archivist and historian Melinda Gandara, the Society has engaged hundreds of community members to share stories, memories, and places that go into an exciting film about Lutah. LUTAH — A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design premiered at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to rave reviews.

Our Society is entirely volunteer and has been enthusiastically supported by many local organizations (Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Casa del Herrero, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Pearl Chase Society, and now the Santa Barbara Foundation). We all share an interest in bringing the story of Lutah Maria Riggs to life.

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Lutah Maria Riggs: An Invisible Fingerprint, An Indelible Mark

by Melinda Gándara

The story of Lutah Maria Riggs is highlighted in a lovely well-illustrated 62-page booklet. The remarkable story of how this improbable paragon of perseverance rose to the pinnacle of her profession has been told in a handsomely illustrated booklet drawn from Lutah's own diaries, letters, photographs and sketches. It is an inspirational story; it is an extraordinary story.



Lutah Founding Principals

  • Keith Berry
  • Gretchen Lieff
  • Brent Harris & Lisa Meulbroek
  • Anne & Michael Towbes
  • John Woodward

Lutah Lovers

  • Jerry & Helene Beaver
  • Bea Hype
  • Mark Dishop & Michelle Humphries
  • Kitchell Corporation
  • Channing Soladar
  • Robert E. Truskowski, Inc.
  • The Wise Foundation

Lutah Family

  • Laura Bridley
  • Susie Cronin
  • Nancy Gifford
  • Leesa Goldsmuntz
  • Martha Gray
  • Joan Kreiss
  • John Saladino
  • Cynthia Stebbins
  • The Warner Group Architects, Inc.