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For the 18th UIFA Congress, the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) and L’Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) unite in an unprecedented collaboration to exhibit and elucidate the woman’s influence in the field of architecture along with the other design related disciplines centered on four important areas of interest – construction, research, education and practice.

The inaugural UIFA Congress Women in Architecture around the World and The Requirements of the Modern City as Conceived by Women occurred in 1963 in Paris. The tradition of the Congress successfully continues with an international group of women in architecture and design convening every two to three years in host cities around the world. Recent past Congresses have been held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2013), Seoul, Korea (2010) and Bucharest, Romania (2007). It has been almost 30 years since the Congress was first held in the United States. Now decades later, the IAWA is excited to welcome a gathering that carries such weight, importance, and authority to empower, connect, and celebrate women in architecture.

International archive of women in architecture

The IAWA Center is directed by an international board of prominent practitioners and academics through the School of Architecture + Design with the Archive in Special Collections of the University Library at Virginia Tech. The IAWA seeks to document and make known the history of women’s contributions to the built environment by collecting, preserving, storing, and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women’s architectural organizations; and with this mission sponsor international exhibitions, newsletters and symposia. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the IAWA’s inception.

L'union internationale des femmes architectes

UIFA, a membership-driven organization of women architects from 90 different countries, aims to make known and to promote the Woman Architect; to establish relationships and exchanges between professional women in the frame of life; to collect all information concerning the stature and professional life of these women all over the world; and to promote friendly connections and solidarity between all members, without political, racial or religious discrimination.