Call for Abstracts: International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA)

Posted on: March 10th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing Women's History Month coverage, we're sharing the request below, which came to us via the Society of Architectural Historians email list.

Due Date: March 15, 2009

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) organization was founded in 1985 as a joint commitment of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. The mission of the IAWA organization was and continues to be to document the history of women’s involvement in architecture, interior and industrial design, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, architectural history and criticism, and the records of women’s professional organizations through the collection of material evidence. These collected works of women are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries. The IAWA scope is international, and therefore, is administered by an international board of advisors.

Goals of the IAWA:

  • Find and preserve the records of the pioneer generation of women;
  • Serve as a center for research about these occupations;
  • Appeal to retired and active women in these professions to save their papers and to consider donating them;
  • Act as a clearing house of information on the history and activities of all women in architecture…and further public education through research on the history of women in these professions through seminars, exhibits, and publications;
  • Foster cooperation between all libraries or archives containing data on, or collecting material on, women in architecture, design, and planning.

The IAWA Center 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.

In celebration of the 25th year anniversary of the Archives, an International Conference of the IAWA Center will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where the archives are held.

Scholars are asked to submit a 500 word abstract in English describing their research on women in architecture and the related fields as defined by the IAWA Center. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and a current CV.

Preference will be given to papers that address women whose materials are contained within the collection of the IAWA Center. Selected authors will be asked to develop their research into a paper (2500-5000 words) for publication in the IAWA Center 25th Anniversary Monograph to accompany the conference.

All submissions should be sent to Dr. Lisa Tucker, IAWA Advisor Executive Committee, School of Architecture + Design, 201 Cowgill Hall (0205), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA.

Information about the archives can be found at

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