LUTAH A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design  

in 2016 Competition

Content is Woman

Documentary | United States | 65 min
  • Kum-Kum Bhavnani
  • Kum-Kum Bhavnani Ryan Pettey
  • Ryan Pettey
  • Gretchen Lieff Leslie Sweem Bhutani

LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy.  Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California.  Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity.  She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time.  Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.