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Gae Aulenti Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2000-014

Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical materials and documentation of Aulenti's work converting a 1917 former public library building in San Francisco, California into the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Biographical materials include: a 1989 curriculum vitae and some articles about her work. The documentation of the Asian Art museum of San Francisco include: articles about the construction of the museum, materials relating to the museum's 2003 opening, and forty print-outs of design drawings (some in color) showing proposed before-and-after views of the building's exterior and floor plans.


  • 1987 - 2003


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Gae Aulenti was born in Italy in 1929. She graduated from Facola di Architecttua-Politencico in Milan in 1954. Her career, spanning 1955 to 2012, includes work on architecture, furniture, and interior design projects. She is known for her transformation of historic public buildings into museum spaces including Musee d' Orsay (Paris, France), Musee d'Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Palazzo Grassi (Venice, Italy), Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, USA). Aulenti was given first prize at the 1964 Milan Triennial with her piece 'Arrivo al Mare' in the Italian Pavilion. She served on the Executive Board for the Milan Triennial (1977-1980) and received its career prize in mid-October a few weeks before her death on October 31, 2012.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Italian architect Gae Aulenti's ability to transform historic public buildings into museum spaces is documented by newspaper and magazine articles, biographical information, and her conceptual computer-drawn designs for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California.


The Aulenti collection is arranged by content and by format.

Source of Acquisition

The Gae Aulenti Architectural Collection materials were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at the Special Collections by architects Milka Bliznakov and Lois Gottlieb, and by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Separated Material

This book was cataloged and is now stored in the Rare Book Room:

Zardini, Mirko, Jean Jenger, Michel Laclotte, and Gae Aulenti. Gae Aulenti e il Museo d'Orsay. Milan: Electa, 1987.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Gae Aulenti Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The collection was arranged in 2000, and was processed and encoded in 2003. In 2006, the collection was reprocessed and the finding aid was updated to accommodate the addition of new items.

A Guide to the Gae Aulenti Architectural Collection, 1987-2003
Clayton McGahee
2006 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-30: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US