Washington D.C. architect Melita Rodeck at work,1970.
Presentation drawing of house by Lilia Skala, n.d.
Computer aided landscape survey by Beverly Willis, CARLA program
Annotated elevation drawing by Elsa Leviseur
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 strives to improve the availability of rich primary source materials for architectural, women's, and social history research.
What We Collect
Today, the IAWA documents the legacies of more than 435 individuals, firms, organizations, and exhibits from the 1890s through the present day. The permanent collections include approximately 2000 cubic feet of documents, photographs and negatives, architectural drawings, sketches, scrapbooks, building models, presentation boards, and other materials that capture the creative process. The IAWA also collects books, biographical information, and other published materials as part of its mission to act as a clearinghouse of information about the global history of women in architecture.
Who We Serve
Special Collections works with a global community of scholars, students, researchers, and members of the general public. The IAWA and its resources are available to everyone. It is not necessary to make an appointment, although we invite you to contact us in advance with any questions you might have. For more information about visiting Special Collections and requesting materials, please review Special Collections and University archives: A Basic Introduction.
Structure of this Guide
The guide consists of the following pages: