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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.


picture of Milka Bliznakov
Milka Bliznakov 1927-2010
Founder, IAWA


Once a year the IAWA Center invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design fields. We are currently accepting proposals for the 2014 MILKA BLIZNAKOV RESEARCH PRIZE. Proposals are due May 1st, 2014. See the official call for proposals below for requirements and time line.

2014 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Call for Proposals

Milka Bliznakov Prize Records

History of the Bliznakov Awards (pdf)


IAWA News and Events

  • Join us Friday March 21, 2014 for 2013 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize winner Robert Holton's talk "Natalie De Blois: The role and contribution in the design of three pivotal SOM projects completed in New York City between 1950-1960: Lever House, Pepsi-Cola, Union Carbide." The presentation will be held in 300 Cowgill Hall at 1pm.
  • It's a new academic semester complete with new student assistants! A hearty welcome to our newest addition to the IAWA team, Katie Scalia.
  • Special Collections, which houses the IAWA, has launched a new blog, In Special Collections @ Virginia Tech." Pop in to get the latest information regarding collections, new acquisitions, events, as well as collection curiosities and mysteries.

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Milka Bliznakov Awards

2013 Award Recipient: Robert Holton

Archivist's Annual Reports

Read about the IAWA in Special Collections

"In the News"

Articles about the IAWA in various publications

Send questions or comments to:
IAWA Archivist, University Libraries
Virginia Tech, P.O. Box 90001,
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

IAWA Digital Library & Archives Special Collections University Libraries CAUS Virginia Tech

URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/iawa/index.html
Last modified on: Thursday, 20-Mar-2014 09:23:26 EDT