Newsletter | Jul/Aug 2002

International Archive of Women in Architecture
by Inge S. Horton

In the past year, I have heard from several OWA members who are in career transitions. They are either opening their own office after many years of gaining experience in other firms or closing their established firm to seek secure employment or transition into the blissful season of retirement. Whatever the case may be, they are confronted with assessing their past work and looking at options of preserving it for the future. One of these options is to donate the work to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Past examples are the late Olive Chadeayne, Rebecca Wood Watkins, Kathleen Cruise (an alumni of Virginia Tech), Sally Bould Stan, Vera Jansone, Lois Gottlieb and Sigrid Lorenzen Rupp. Other OWA members are considering the same but have not yet found the time to carry it out. As a Member of the IAWA Board of Advisors I am contacting and encouraging OWA members to consider donating their work to the Archive. If you are interested please call me at (415) 681-7594 and I will be glad to assist you.

"The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985, is a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The archive documents the history of women's involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, urban planners, critics and the records of women's architectural organizations from around the world. Our collections fill serious gaps in the availability of primary research materials for architectural, women's, and social history research." Please visit