30x30 Expanding the Legacy

On Display
September 18, 2017 to February 5, 2018
Kibel Gallery

Finding pioneering women in architecture is critical to the future’s understanding of the past.   


The multimedia exhibit  30X30: Expanding the Legacy  celebrates the first 30 years of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)  by showcasing the work of thirty  women from the archives. Supporting the goal  to increase the awareness and record the formative history of women in architecture, the exhibit maps the range of the archive, offers a preview of the treasures within, and reminds  us of the urgency of saving collections otherwise too easily lost to time.  


30X30  was created so viewers would be touched by the  stature of this work and the women who produced it  bringing the IAWA mission to light. This digital performance piece originated with thirty archives from the IAWA collection, linked in a dialog of  time, space, and architecture. As this project  grows, it models  a future goal  to ultimately draw upon the entire IAWA collection. This  goal seems unreachable because the ground to be recovered is immense.  


30X30  first debuted as a performance at the Virginia Tech Moss Center for the Performing Arts during the 18th Congress of the International Union of Women Architects held in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the International Archive of Women in Architecture,  July 2015.  Similarly, we have been mounted the show at the Kibel Gallery in conjunction with the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held in Washington DC, September 2017. 


Look into 30X30 to discover how efforts by the International Archive of Women in Architecture are uncovering and preserving evidence to advance historical knowledge. 


The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA)  


Founded in 1985, the mission of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) is to document the history of women’s involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving, storing and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, urban planners as well as the records of women’s architectural organizations, from around the world. The IAWA collects this information to fill serious gaps in the availability of primary research materials for architectural, women’s and social history research. These materials are held in Special Collections of the University Libraries. The Board of Advisors of the IAWA Center are a group of elected representatives from around the world, who oversee the research, publication, and publicity of the IAWA as well as identify potential donors (funds and work) for the archive.   


The IAWA is dedicated to:  

  1. Find and preserve the records of the pioneer generation of women architects, interior and industrial designers, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners, whose papers may be lost or dispersed if not collected immediately;   

  1. Appeal to retired women from these professions who have played a part in the history of the professions to donate their papers to the IAWA;   

  1. Appeal to active women architects, designers, and planners to save their papers and to consider donating them to the IAWA at a later date;  

  1. Serve as a clearinghouse of information on all women architects, designers, and planners, past and present, and to encourage research on the history of women in these professions through seminars, exhibits, and publications;   

  1. Foster cooperation between all libraries or archives containing data on, or collecting material on, women in architecture, design, and planning.   



The growing archive consists of sketches, manuscripts, books, individual projects, and the works of an entire career. Primary research materials (unique or original works) preserved in the Archive include architectural drawings, photographs and slides, manuscripts, models, and job files. To meet the need of serving as a clearinghouse of information about all women in architecture, past and present, the IAWA also collects secondary materials such as biographical information in addition to books and other publications and exhibitions. Through many significant and diverse donations, the Archive is growing into a tremendous historical resource. The Archive now houses more than 400 collections and continues to grow in significance through donations from around the world. The IAWA seeks these compelling materials to expand the legacy and illuminate architecture.  

Created By

Paola Zellner

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture + Design; Secretary, International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA); Faculty Fellow, Institute for Creativity, Arts, andTechnology (ICAT) Virginia Tech

Paola Zellner graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires and practiced architecture in Argentina and Uruguay. She obtained a Masters Degree from SCI-Arc, practiced in Los Angeles with Norman R. Millar Architects, and together with Jim Bassett startedZellner + Bassett, receiving in 2010 the AIA Blue Ridge Award of Excellence. She taught at Woodbury University, the University of Michigan, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and member of the Executive Committee of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). Her collaborative works include installations: “The Book of Lies,” for artist Eugenia Butler at 18th Street Arts Center, CA (2007), “Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth,” Moss Art Center, Blacksburg (2013), “Reclaiming Space,” University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2014); “Luminescent Forest,” Horton Gallery (2015); “30 x 30,” at the 18th UIFA Congress (2015), also shown at the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires (2015), among others. Her scholarship has been published in Museum making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), ACSA, and the journal Bitácora Arquitectura #33 (2017).

Donna Dunay, FAIA

Chair, International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA); ACSA Distinguished Professor; G.Truman Ward Professor of Architecture School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech

Donna Dunay is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor. She has contributed a significant body of work constructing linkages to education, history, architecture, and planning emphasizing the dimensions of professional and civic responsibility. As chair of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, Donna Dunay, has situated the IAWA to build worldwide knowledge of women in architecture. Venues showcasing exhibitionscreated from the collection include: Glass Ceilings- the Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, VA; For the Future- the International Union of Architects Congress, Tokyo, Japan; the International Congress of Women Architects (UIFA) in Tokyo, Japan; Toulouse, France;Bucharest, Romania; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 2015, she led the IAWA to create and host the 18th UIFA Congress – themed, Contributing to the Constellation– in Washington, D.C. and Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech, home of the IAWA’s growing archive of over 400 collections of archival materials.

On Display
September 18, 2017 to February 5, 2018
Kibel Gallery

Closing Reception FEBRUARY 5TH

6:30 - 8 pm 

Screening of ALL 30 featured women followed by a cafe style discussion!

Lecture and Reception:

30x30 / The International Archive of Women in Architecture: A New Vision.

October 30th, 2017 -  5pm

Lunch time talk sponsored by Diversity & Inclusion Committee

October 30th, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Exhibition opens:

September 18th, 2017

Lecture by Paola Zellner and Donna Dunay, FAIA 

Reception to follow 

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Posted on 08/25/2017 by Site Admin