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International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) Conference Materials,

Identifier: Ms-2012-001

Scope and Content

The collection contains publications and presentation material from UIFA international events beginning with the Second Workshop of UIFA in 1981 and continuing to present day conferences. Newsletters and pamphlets from individual chapters of representing nations (specifically UIFA Japan) are also present.

A significant portion of these materials have been donated by Milka Bliznakov, International Archives of Women in Architecture (IAWA) founder as well as frequent speaker and attendee at UIFA events. Bliznakov used UIFA Congresses as a catalyst for meeting leading woman in the profession and for encouraging participants to donate collections to the IAWA.


  • 1981 - 2007

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA)Conference Materials must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Historical Note

Founded in 1963, by Solange d'Herbez de la Tour, the International Union of Women Architects/Union International des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) aims to make known and promote the Woman Architect; to establish relationships and exchanges between professional women; to collect all information concerning the stature and professional life of these women world-wide; to favor friendship links and solidarity, between all members, without political, racial, or religious discrimination. UIFA also works closely with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and others for the interest of the built environment.

UIFA members range from over 75 different countries.


4 Cubic Feet (3 boxes, 4 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) was founded in 1963 by Solange d'Herbez de la Tour. The organization aims to promote women in the profession by increasing the public's awareness of contributions made to the field by women and by creating a network of international colleagues. UIFA encourages the exchange of information through its regular conferences hosted by participating chapters from around the globe.

Acquisition Information

The materials are compiled from donations between 2001-2007.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) was completed in January 2012.

A Guide to the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) Conference Materials, 1981-2007
A Collection in Special Collections
Kathryn Shackelford
© 2012 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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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