Current Operations Notice:
- During summer/early fall of 2022, Special Collections and University Archives is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm, with the exception of four summer holidays. We will be closed on May 30, June 20, July 4, and September 5.
- Appointments will not be required, but strongly encouraged (**see below)
- Appointments can be made by visiting the SCUA Seat Reservation page (instructions are included on the page)
- Virtual reference help remains available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-231-6308
- Newman Library hours of operation and those of other University Library branches are also available online
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International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
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 interim 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 published 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.
- Guide to the IAWA Collections
Learn more about the IAWA collections, find materials, and plan a research trip.
- The IAWA Digital Library
Browse digitized materials from our collections.
- 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.
- Blog Posts About the IAWA
Read about selected collections in the IAWA on the Virginia Tech Special Collections blog.
- Bliznakov Research Prize
Learn more about Dr. Milka Bliznakov, founder of the IAWA, and the annual research prize awarded in her honor.