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

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2011-075

Scope and Content

The items used in the exhibit have been returned to their original collections except for the matted reproductions made of items deemed too fragile or valuable to be on display. This collection consists of those reproductions although a complete list of items used in the exhibit has also been compiled in an effort to document the event.

The biographical notes for each entry are recorded from the exhibit labels that accompanied the materials.

Dates

  • 2010

Creator

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from "Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archives of Women in Architecture Center" exhibit must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Historical Note

"Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture" was developed in partnership with Virginia Tech’s International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Center and the Virginia Center for Architecture (VCA),in recognition of Minds Wide Open, the statewide initiative celebrating women in the arts. The exhibition was 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.

The exhibition, featured the work of pioneering women in architecture and design from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) collection at Virginia Tech, including Lilia Skala, who fled the Nazis in 1939 carrying her student architectural portfolio and who later became a well-known actress in the U.S., Nobuko Nakahara, one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in Japan, Lois Gottlieb, a California architect who was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentices in the 1940’s, Beverly Willis, who, in the 1970’s, developed CARLA, among the first software used for architecture and planning, Mary Brown Channel, the first woman to be registered as an architect in the state of Virginia, and Han Schroeder, who grew up in the famed Rietveld-Schroeder House, was educated in Switzerland, practiced as an architect and interior designer in the Netherlands, and later moved to the U.S. and taught interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The exhibit also featured a series of 100 postcards (100 POSTCARDS: A Glimpse into the IAWA Center) highlighting the range of materials in the IAWA collection, developed by students in Virginia Tech’s Researching Women in Architecture seminar. Student contributors are Marissa Brown, Antonia Ciaverella, Candice Davis, Alexandra Phelan, Heather Riley, and Rehanna Rojiani.

Extent

4.3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

"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.

Location

Note: A portion of this collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Acquisition Information

The materials used in the "Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center" exhibit were returned to Special Collections, July 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the "Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archives of Women in Architecture Center" was completed in September 2011.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the "Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center," selected exhibit panels, 2010
Subtitle
A Collection in Special Collections
Status
Completed
Author
Sherrie A. Bowser
Date
© 2011 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308