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Anna P. Sokolina Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-2002-051

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of publications written by Anna Sokolina featured in books, magazines and newspapers in Germany, Russia, and the United States. The collection also contains her professional documentation, conferences in which Sokolina participated, and some conference papers that Sokolina was invited to present. The collection also includes catalogs from exhibitions that she curated while working at various museums starting in 1997, materials related to her involvement as honorary advisor to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), syllabi, teaching materials, dissertation, thesis, research, and artwork.


  • 1924 - 2019


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

Anna Sokolina was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad). In 1980 she received her Masters in Architecture degree from the Moscow Architectural Institute and in 1992 her Ph.D. from the Russian Academic Research Institute for the Theory of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2001, Sokolina completed the Certificate Program in Arts Administration at New York University SCPS Department of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. She interned at the Art Commission of the City of New York; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York.

Since 1986, Sokolina has worked on various architectural exhibitions. The first, entitled "Concepts of Soviet Architecture 1917-1987" held in West Berlin, was developed by the Central Academic Research Institute for the Theory of Architecture and Urban Design in partnership with the Shchusev Museum of Architecture in Moscow and the Janus Foundation in Berlin. Following the fall of the USSR, Sokolina worked on international exhibitions for the Moscow Young Architects Association. In 1992-93, she curated traveling exhibitions "New Architectural Concepts from Moscow" at Green Berlin Hall, Germany, and at the Ecole d'Architecture de Strasbourg, France; and in 1994, "Art Russia" at the Gallery Buergerhaus (City Hall) Groebenzell, Germany. Sokolina was also the curator/director of the Tabakman Museum in Hudson, NY. Her responsibilities included: the inauguration of the museum's eight galleries totaling 9,000 square feet, several permanent exhibitions and an art shop. From 1996-99 as an independent curator, Sokolina organized art exhibitions at the Steiner Foundation in Harlemville, NY, the New York Open Center in Soho, and at the American Education Center in Rego Park, NY. From 2000-2002 Sokolina was co-curator to a touring exhibition "Journeys of the Imagination: From the former Soviet Union to the United States" at Exhibits USA, Mid-America Arts Alliance. She volunteers for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Education Department.

Sokolina has also edited a monographic anthology, Architecture and Anthroposophy, in which twenty-seven distinguished subject specialists wrote chapters on philosophically and spiritually inspired trends in organic architecture and art of the 20th century. In 2002 Sokolina started working on a collaborative non-profit project, Russian Art 1860-1940 in Western Collections, Information Database on the Internet funded by a number of donors including the S.R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Judith Rothschild Foundation, and Galerie Gmurzynska in Cologne. The project aims to develop a web-based bilingual database of information on Russian art to serve as a resource for educational and scholarly research, and for national and international exchange of knowledge. As of 2007, Sokolina is an assistant professor at the Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University in Ohio.


5.2 Cubic Feet (6 boxes; 2 oversize folders)


Anna P. Sokolina is an architectural historian. The majority of the collection consists of her publications, professional documentation, conferences participation, exhibit catalogs, teaching materials, and materials related to her involvement in the International Archive of Women in Architecture.


The collection is arranged five series, each of which is arranged in chronological order.

Source of Acquisition

The Anna P. Sokolina Architectural Collection was donated to the IAWA at Special Collections in June 2002 by its creator. Additions were made to the collection in October 2003, November 2005, and October 2007.

Separated Material

The following items - a poetry book, doctoral dissertation three books by Sokolina and two containing chapters by Sokolina - were cataloged in the on-line library catalog Addison and transferred to the Rare Book Collection:

Arkhitektura Zapada. [Ocherki] Red. Kollegi'i'a: S.O. Khan-Magomedov (otv. red.) [i dr.]. [Moscow]: Stroǐizdat, 1972-1987. (Sokolina has chapter, "Charles Moore: Theory and Practice") Call number: NA680 .A76

Problemy istorii arkhitektury: tezisy dokladov : vseso'i'uzna'i'a nauchna'i'a konferen't'si'i'a, Suzdal'. Moscow: VNIITAG Goskomarkhitektury, 1990. (Sokolina has 3-page portion, "The Concept of Tradition in East German Architecture, 1945-1990") Call number: NA190 .P76 1990

Sokolina, Anna. Osvoenie tradi't'siǐ v arkhitekture GDR: teori'i'a i istor i'ia arkhitektury restavra't'si'ia pam'iatnikov arkhitektury. 1991. (doctoral dissertation) Call number: NA1089 .S65 1991

Sokolina, Anna. Stikhi (Poems), New York: TELEX, 1998. Call number: PG3549.S63 S75 1998

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Anna P. Sokolina Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Anna P. Sokolina Architectural Collection was performed in 2002. Additional materials were integrated into the collection in December 2007 and in October 2016.

A Guide to the Anna P. Sokolina Architectural Collection, 1924-2019
Jennifer Vipperman, Courtney Dowse
2008 (CC0 1.0)
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-08: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
  • 2021-02-19: Added to IAWA materials, revised dates. jss

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