Maria Virginia Andreescu Haret (June 21, 1894 - May 6, 1962) was the first woman-architect in the world.
Virginia Haret, born Andreescu, was the niece of the great painter Ion Andreescu. She was motherless at 9 yo, and she had to take care of his three brothers and keep the house. She did the school in private, obtaining the baccalaureate at "Michael the Brave" high school. At 18, she was the first in the competition for admission in the Superior School of Architecture. At the same time she followed the Fine Arts Academy. His numerous watercolors become part of the print collection of the Romanian Academy Library.
From 1923 he worked in technical service of Ministry of Education, where he retired in 1947. It was the first woman to reach the rank of inspector general architect. Between the two world wars, she represented Romania at the international congresses of architecture in Rome, Paris, Moscow, Brussels. She was awarded numerous prizes which have crowned his career. The list of projects and architectural achievements of the Virgin Andreescu Haret is long and impressive.