The IAWA invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers
to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through research on women in
architecture and related design fields. This research, in concert with the
preservation efforts of the IAWA, will help fill the current void in historical
knowledge about women’s professional achievements. The archive encourages
such research in addition to the goal of preserving archival materials related to
the work of women who shaped the designed environment, thus preserving for
posterity a record of their achievements.
The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture
Center (IAWA) presents this Annual Prize of $2500 (with an additional $500
available for travel) following a two-stage process:
STAGE ONE: PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
In Stage One, applicants submit their proposal, which outlines the work they plan
to complete at the Archive, and should include the following elements:
- Outline of research to be completed
- Proposed schedule for residency to include a talk open to the university
community and the general public
- Intended product of research, a copy of which is to be donated to the archive
upon completion. Examples of the product of research may include, but is not
limited to, the following:
- Research paper
- Self-published book documenting the activities and work of the
- Notebook or sketchbook produced during the residency
- Visual or physical original work that references or utilizes research
from the Archive
A 500-word proposal with curriculum vitae must be received or postmarked by
May 31st, 2012. The proposal should be submitted both electronically as a PDF,
and as a hardcopy by mail.
Proposals may include an original project, research, or scholarly work that
contributes to and advances the recognition of women’s contributions in design.
The proposal shall draw upon and expand the IAWA collections to reflect upon
the broader context of women’s contributions in the field of design. The product
of the work should be specified in the proposal.
The IAWA Jury awards the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize for the research proposal that best demonstrates an important advancement to the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture and the related design fields while encouraging the use and growth of the International Archive of Women in Architecture. The winner will be announced by June 15th. The final project must be completed by Dec. 15th, 2012. The final project will become a part of the Archive to contribute to the historical record.
The prize money will be awarded in two installments: the first $1250 will be made available to the recipient upon arrival at the IAWA for the residency period, and the second $1250 will be paid upon receipt of the final product. Up to $500 will be available to support travel and residency expenses. If further information is required, please contact Helene Renard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All materials received will become a part of the Archive to contribute to the historical record of women in architecture and related design fields.
Proposals should be sent to:
IAWA Center Executive Committee
ATTN: Helene Renard, RA
Chair, Milka Bliznakov Prize
School of Architecture + Design
201 Cowgill Hall (0205)
College of Architecture + Urban Studies
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Call for Proposals.pdf