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Joyce Oron Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-2005-006

Scope and Content

The collection consists of architectural drawings, photographs and textual description of projects created by Joyce Oron from 1985 to 2004. There are a wide variety of projects in the collection, including residential, commercial and institutional buildings in Israel. Most drawings are 36 inches wide, vary in length from 48 to 96 inches, and include text only in Hebrew. Most projects also have a brief English description along with photographs of the completed building. The project drawings are complemented by a recording of a lecture by Joyce Oron at the 14th Congress of UIFA (Union internationale des femmes architectes) in September 2004 and two issues of the magazine "Architecture in Israel" that feature Oron's work.


  • 1954-2005, n.d.


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in Hebrew and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for 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

Joyce Oron was born in 1954 in New York, and lived in the United States and Uruguay until she was 18 years old. In 1972, political circumstances drove her to Israel, where she completed her schooling and graduated as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture at Technion, Haifa in 1978.

From 1978 to 1985 she worked in the office of Lofenfeld–Gamerman, where she became a partner. In 1985, she set up her own office, Joyce Oron Architecture and Town Planner, which she expanded in 1994. During 1985 to 1987, Oron was the main architect of the town Beit Berl. Joyce Oron's office has worked on such varied projects as public buildings, housing projects, urban planning, community centers, health facilities, schools, sports halls and facilities, office buildings and neighborhoods. Her work has been featured in several magazines, and her office has won many design competitions.

Oron is a consulting architect for the Ministry on Education for the development of schools and is also active in the development of neighborhoods for soldiers and their families for the Ministry of Defense. Since the mid 1990s, she has been giving guest lectures at the Faculty of Architecture at Technion and the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Tel Aviv.


23.3 Cubic Feet (1 flat box, 13 tube boxes, 17 oversize folders)


Joyce Oron's architecture and town planning office is located in Israel. This collection contains drawings, text, and photographs of some of the prestigious projects handled by her office from 1985 to 2004. Most materials are written in Hebrew with English descriptions available.


The collection is described in two series, I: Professional Papers, 1954-2005, n.d., and II: Project Records, 1998-2004, n.d. The drawings in the collection are grouped by project and stored by size. Projects with long drawing sheets are stored rolled in tube boxes. Other project drawings are stored flat in oversized folders. Box 1 contains a spiral–bound set of drawings for one of the projects, a CD with the UIFA lecture and a rolled set of architectural drawing sheets. File folders with photographs and textual information in English about most projects, as well as two magazines, are stored in a small document box (Box 1a) inside Box 1.

Source of Acquisition

The Joyce Oron Architectural Collection was donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Special Collections in October 2004. Additional material was donated in 2009.

Related Archival Material

The International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) Conference Materials, Ms2012-001, contains a poster that Oron presented at the 14th Congress.

For more information about architect Joyce Oron and the work undertaken by her office refer to her official website, (archived on the Wayback Machine).

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Joyce Oron Architectural Collection was completed in March 2005, Additional materials were integrated in September 2010.

Joyce Oron Architectural Collection, 1954-2005, n.d.
Harvey Clark, Student Assistant
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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