International Archive of Women in Architecture
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 program is to document the history of women's involvement in architecture 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, from around the world.
Each September, Special Collections mounts an exhibit featuring new acquisitions in the IAWA. The 1999 exhibit was designed by C. Scott Patterson and Jaime Lawson, who are fifth-year students in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. A variety of works in a wide range of media were displayed, including pencil and ink drawings, watercolors, colored pencil renderings, competition layouts, a model, and published literature. Works by M. Rosaria Piomelli, Susana Torre, Lois Davidson Gottlieb, Judith Edelman, Jean Linden Young, Virginia Curry, Elisaveta (Elka) Rachova Ribarova, and Zelma Wilson were featured. The items were selected from our collection because they demonstrate the quality, clarity, and interest inherent in the designs of these experienced women. The purpose of an annual exhibit of IAWA material is to increase awareness of the Archive among the Virginia Tech campus community, and also to educate the 25,000-member student body about the variety and depth of the professional contributions of female architects around the world throughout the 20th Century. Please follow the link below to continue to the virtual Exhibit.
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/exhibits/IAWA/window1/ Updated June 4, 2001 (GMc)