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Remembering: Spring Ruth Friedlander 1943 - 2019 - Bridget Basham and Wendy Bertrand
YOUR HISTORY IS IMPORTANT: IAWA meeting in June 2019 - Inge Horton
EMPOWERING - AIA Central Valley
Remembering: Spring Ruth Friedlander 1943 - 2019by Bridget Basham and Wendy Bertrand | Share #1348
"As of 1/20/18 OWADP Org. of Women Architects and Design Professionals has the tentative goal of doing what we can in our professional roles to contribute to creating a sex positive culture and still protect against predatory behavior," wrote Spring R. at this time.
Spring R. and I (Bridget B.) believed that women needed to provide and acquire tools outside of entrenched societal roles, expectations and behaviors. In this respect, we hoped to transcend the #Me Too movement by providing tools as simple as creating supportive environments for conversation, by encouraging leading from places of confidence and strength, and understanding that women's struggle is bigger than a single "one" and that we women, are allies and each-others' greatest resource for support and turning the tide on prejudice.
Spring R.'s final writings included this exit-plan/ end of life logic: "MY REASONS FOR SCHEDULING ASSISTED SUICIDE WITH DIGNITAS (in Switzerland) are as follows, I have been surprised that ending my life while still somewhat functional has become one of my main personal and political causes over the past 2.5 years. I have been saying for decades that at some point in the aging process, prior to when my body fully closes down, and while I still have my mental faculties, I will choose not to create another phase of my life."
*The authors have respected Spring R.'s expressed preference to use to use R. after Spring, and to use the 3rd person plural pronoun their or they in general, however that we would write a remembrance in the OWA+DP Newsletter was never discussed before her exit.
YOUR HISTORY IS IMPORTANT: IAWA meeting in June 2019by Inge Horton | Share #1346
IAWA archivists are coming to San Francisco
Over the years, I have often talked to OWA Members about the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and urged them to donate their records to honor their professional legacy, fill a gap in architectural history and proudly promote themselves. Although we generally only think of older practitioners as potential donors we would also encourage younger women to consider their legacy and preserve their work. The collections will help researchers in architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history and other social science fields with their research. The IAWA has also created several programs such as the Milka Prize, which entice researchers and students to use the collections.
Among the many national and international collections which you may find in the IAWA is a large collection of our very own OWA member and CWED President Sigrid Lorenzen Rupp,. You can also discover over twenty collections of other women architects and related design professionals and their male office partners of the San Francisco Bay Area. The size of the collections ranges from extremely large such as Sigrid's 219 cu. ft. to small collections such as a resume in the IAWA Small Collections of internationally known women architects such as Raili Pietila from Finland. Some architects so far donated part of their work as a sort of downpayment and the IAWA hopes that they will contribute their remaining documents.
The exciting news is that the two archivists, Samantha Winn and Aaron Purcell, Ph.D. will come to the San Francisco Bay Area in late June of 2019 and be available to consult with women architects and, if applicable, their male office partners, about their donation of records to the IAWA. They will give an introductory presentation for OWADP members and others interested in the Archive at a public meeting on:
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5.30 p.m
in the Stong Conference Room on Floor 1
of the San Francisco Main Library
IAWA: MAKING IT EASY
The archivists will be available for individual consultations either Thursday June 27, or Friday June 28 at locations yet to be determined. They will EVEN accept collections you have selected and packed for mailing and they will ship them from here to the IAWA so that you do not have to deal with it nor pay for it. This event will make it easier for you to make a donation of your work to the IAWA.
If you have any questions, please contact Inge Horton, former IAWA Board Member and longtime OWADP member, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415 681-7594.
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