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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 who are 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.


IAWA Collections
Learn more about the IAWA collections, find materials, and plan a research trip.

IAWA Biographical Database
Browse the IAWA Biographical Database to learn more about women in architecture around the world.

Three Decades of the IAWA
Visit the IAWA timeline to learn more about the history of the IAWA collections.


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Milka Bliznakov 1927- 2010
Founder, IAWA

Each 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 no longer accepting proposals for the 2014 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize. Proposals were 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

  • The International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) accepted a proposal from the IAWA Center to host the 2015 UIFA Congress in celebration of 30 Years of the IAWA. Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 Congress, to be held in Washington, D.C. and Blacksburg, VA.

  • The IAWA held an Open House on Saturday, September 6 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.

  • Special Collections welcomed Samantha Winn as the new Collections Archivist, with responsibilities for IAWA collections.

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Bliznakov Prize
(2014 Recipient)
Meredith Sattler

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

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