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About the IAWAThe 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. For more information, please visit:
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http://spec.lib.vt.edu/iawa/
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About this sheetThis document represents a fraction of the women documented in the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech. The women included in this list have been profiled at length in previous editions of the IAWA Center Newsletter (1989-2012). Additionally, many of the women have rich collections of archival material here at Virginia Tech. Exceptions are indicated in the "Notes" field. The location tag for each subject indicates where she was born; however, many of the women practiced in a different country (or multiple countries!) IAWA Small Collections do not have individual finding aids. These are resources compiled for the sake of reference and research; they may not have very much information available online.
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How to use these resourcesBiographical information about each woman can be found in their newsletter profile and the biographical note located in the finding aid. Additionally, linking to these sources from Wikipedia will help spread awareness of the IAWA and the primary source materials we can offer researchers. Additional resources might include web articles and books from the Art+Architecture Library, Newman Library (general circulating collection), and Special Collections rare books.
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Who should I write about?Good question! 11 women listed here already have Wikipedia pages that can be expanded: Alberta Pfeiffer, Alison Smithson, Beverly Willis, Brinda Somaya, Gae Aulenti, Han Schröder, Lilia Skala, Mary Rockwell Hook, Milka Bliznakov, Natalie de Blois, and Zelma Wilson. The IAWA maintains the primary architectural collections for Bliznakov, de Blois, Pfeiffer, Schröder, Skala, Willis, and Wilson. We have small research collections or excerpts for the rest.
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For a challenge:Alternatively, you could choose to start a new Wikipedia page for a significant woman architect who is not yet on Wikipedia. With respect to our archival collections, a few major names are missing: Wendy Bertrand, E. Maria Roth, Melita Rodeck, Marie-Louise Laleyan, and Hilde Weström. You may discover that pages already exist on other Wikipedia language portals (as in the case of Hilde Weström).
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More about the project:WikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design [The global grant project]
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Women in Architecture Global Edit-A-Thon [One-day event, part of WikiD]
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A blogpost about one institution's experiences during 2015's Global Edit-a-Thon event
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Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia [the 2011 article that started it all]
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