Kate Beath

Katherine Christian (Kate) Beath (married name McDougall, 20 December 1882 – 29 June 1979) was probably the first female architect in New Zealand.


Beath was born in Christchurch in 1882, the daughter of Marie Malcolm and George Low Beath, founder of the Christchurch department store Beath and Co. She was the niece of the feminist Kate Sheppard[1] and great aunt of architect Peter Beaven.

After completing her studies in 1904 at the Canterbury College School of Art in Christchurch, she trained as an architect under Samuel Hurst Seager from 1904 to 1908.[2][3] She married Colin Barclay McDougall in 1915.


  1. ^ Judith Devaliant, Kate Sheppard, a biography: the fight for women's votes in New Zealand—the life of the woman who led the struggle, Penguin Books, 1992, p. 193. ISBN 9780140176148.
  2. ^ Ann Calhoun, Simplicity and Splendour: The Canterbury Arts and Crafts Movement from 1882, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2004, p. 50. ISBN 9781877375040.
  3. ^ Ann Calhoun, The Arts & Crafts movement in New Zealand, 1870-1940: women make their mark, Auckland University Press, 2000, p. 64. ISBN 9781869402297.