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Skala, Lilia Sofer, 1896-1994


Biographical Note

Lilia Sofer Skala was born in Vienna, Austria in 1896. She earned a degree in architecture from the University of Dresden and became the first female member of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects, practicing architecture.

Skala became a successful stage and film actress in Europe before fleeing the Nazis with her husband and two sons. Among the personal belongings with which she escaped was her portfolio of student work from the University of Dresden.

Skala immigrated to the United States in 1939 and eventually found success as an actress on Broadway and in television and film. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963 for her role as Mother Maria in Lilies of the Field .

Skala passed away in 1994.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

"Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center," selected exhibit panels

Identifier: Ms-2011-075

"Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center" was an exhibition held at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia, as part of their Dominion Exhibition Series and was on display from March 4-June 6, 2010. It featured the work of pioneering women in architecture and design from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) collection at Virginia Tech.

Dates: 2010

Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio

Identifier: Ms-2003-015

This collection includes a student portfolio of Lilia Sofer Skala, who studied architecture at the University of Dresden from 1915 to 1920. It consists of her work as a student, including architectural drawings, sketches, photographs, and watercolor paintings, copies of her academic records, and other printed material.

Dates: 1915-1928, 2003, n.d.; Majority of material found within 1915 - 1928