The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985, is 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, storing, and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women's architectural organizations.
The IAWA began by focusing primarily on collecting the papers of those who practiced at a time when there were few women in the field (i.e., before the 1950's). However, the IAWA's goal, to fill serious gaps in the availability of primary research materials for architectural, women's, and social history research, means that it does not exclude any generation. Women who are retiring and are interested in enhancing the record of architecture and related design professions, should contact the IAWA Archivist about donating their work.
The IAWA also collects books, biographical information, and
published materials as part of its mission to act as a clearinghouse of information about all women in architecture, past and present.