The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) was
established in 1985 as a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the
University Libraries at Virginia Tech. The purpose of the Archive is to document the history of women's
contributions to the built environment by collecting, preserving, and providing access to the records of
women's architectural organizations and the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers,
architectural historians and critics, and urban planners.
The IAWA began with a collecting focus on the papers of pioneering women in architecture, individuals who practiced
at a time when there were few women in the field. However, the IAWA welcomes materials documenting all
generations of women in architecture in order to fill serious gaps in the availability of primary source materials for
architectural, women's, and social history research. Women who are interested in enhancing the historic record of architecture
and related design professions should visit our donations page or
contact the IAWA Archivist about donating materials to the IAWA.
The IAWA also collects books, biographical information, and published materials as part of its
mission to act as a clearinghouse of information about the global history of women in architecture.
EXPLORE THE IAWA
Learn more about the IAWA collections, find materials, and plan a research trip.
IAWA Biographical Database
Browse the IAWA Biographical Database to learn more about women in architecture
around the world.
Three Decades of
Visit the IAWA timeline to learn more about the history of the IAWA collections.
IAWA News and Events
- The International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) accepted a proposal from the IAWA Center
to host the 2015 UIFA Congress in celebration of 30 Years of the IAWA. Stay tuned for
more information about the 2015 Congress, to be held in Washington, D.C. and Blacksburg, VA.
- The IAWA held an Open House on Saturday, September 6 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.
- Special Collections welcomed Samantha Winn as the new Collections Archivist, with responsibilities
for IAWA collections.