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 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. The IAWA represents about 2000 cubic feet, divided into around 450 collections. This includes roughly 150 significant
manuscript collections (primary source materials that have not been previously published) which document the legacies of individual women architects, practices, organizations, and major exhibitions.
Additional resources include approximately 300 smaller research and reference collections, which comprise biographical materials, previously published sources, and a small amount of unpublished
primary sources for many other women and women's associations. The IAWA features women from nearly 40 countries, with materials written in at least 17 languages.