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Kristine K. Fallon Papers

Identifier: Ms-2000-035

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises biographical and historic information on Fallon and her companies, documentation of Fallon's contributions to the application of technology in design, proceedings of preparatory materials and correspondence for major publications between 1983-2016, materials for courses taught by Fallon, and documentation for major projects conducted throughout her career. Materials include correspondence, research notes, published and draft reports, drafts and copies of publications authored by Fallon on technology in design, conference proceedings and participant materials, taped interviews and meeting records, and selected project records.


  • 1966 - 2018


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Permission to publish material from the Kristine K. Fallon Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech. In some cases, additional permissions must be sought from content creators.

Biographical Note

Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA, (1949 - ) is a licensed architect in Illinois and an internationally recognized authority in the use of technology for design. Fallon graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1977 with a Master of Architecture. Following graduation, Fallon joined Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1977 where she helped implement the use of computer-aided design. Key projects from her SOM tenure include the Makkah Campus of King Abdulaziz University and King Abdulaziz International Airport Facility. She served as an independent consulting architect for the exterior renovation of the Historic Pullman Center in Chicago, . In 1984, Fallon began working for A. Epstein Companies as a leader in computer graphics technology. In 1986, Fallon opened Computer Technology Management, a consulting subsidiary of A. Epstein cmopanies. In this capacity, she provided expertise to architects and engineers on the effective use of computers in facility design. Fallon established her own technology consulting firm, Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc., in April 1993. Major projects conducted by KFA Inc included a landmark "CAD for Principals" study commissioned by Revit Technology, a web-based project management system (ProjectNet) designed for the Chicago Transit Authority, and a 2004 research project with the Art Institute of Chicago to develop fundamentals for the preservation of born-digital design data.

Fallon was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1995 for her contributions to computing and technology in design. She was invited by the government of Singapore to give the keynote presentation at the 1997 meeting of BAUCON Asia on "Information Technology and the Re-engineering of the Construction Sector." In 1997, Fallon published "The AEC Technology Survival Guide: Managing Today’s Information Practice" with John Wiley and Sons. Additional publications include her 2002 book with Arleen Boyd, "Leading the Digital Practice: The A/E/C Firm Manager's Guide to Information Technology" and many articles for leading journals in architecture, engineering, and construction. She taught courses on technology applications in design for the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, Triton College, and the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering’s Master of Project Management Program. Fallon served on AIA's Technology in Architecture Practice Advisory Group from 2002-2007 and on the National Institute of Building Sciences' Board of Directors. She also held various leadership positions in Chicago Women in Architecture and the AIA Women in Architecture Network.



3.6 Cubic Feet (Two document boxes, one telescoping tube, three small A/V boxes, one 1/2 newspaper box)


The Kristine K. Fallon Papers document Fallon's contributions to the built environment, the application of computer technology in design, and the advancement of women in architecture from 1979 through 2016.


The Kristine K. Fallon Papers are arranged according to the original order established by the creator, with guidance from Shepherd and Lowell's "Standard Series and Subseries for Architecture and Landscape Design." The papers comprise the following series and subseries:

Series I: Personal

Series II: Professional Papers

Series III: Teaching

Series IV: Office Records

Series V: Major Projects

This series is further sub-divided according to the managing company (e.g., Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; independent consulting by Kristine Fallon; and Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc.)

Source of Acquisition

The Kristine K. Fallon papers were donated to Special Collections in 2005z, with additions in 2006 and 2017.

Separated Materials

Two publications were separated from the materials, cataloged, and added to Special Collection's rare books.

Architecture et archives numériques: l'architecture à l'ère numérique, un enjeu de mémoire [Architecture and digital archives: architecture in the digital age, a question of memory]. Colloque architecture et archives numériques natives (2007 : Paris). Institut national d'histoire de l'art.

Fallon, Kristine K. The AEC technology survival guide: managing today's information practice. New York: John Wiley, 1997.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Kristine K. Fallon Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

Processing of the Kristine K. Fallon Papers was completed in March 2018.

A Guide the the Kristine K. Fallon Papers, 1979-2016
In Progress
Samantha Winn
2018 (CC0 1.0)
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-01: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
  • 2021-06-25: New materials added; series and sub-series updated. jss3838

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