DONNA DUNAY PRESENTATION IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE TO INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE
As Chair of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, Donna Dunay, AIA, G. T. Ward Professor of Architecture, opened the paper sessions at the 15th Congress International Union of Women in Architecture Bucharest, Romania in October. Professor Dunay’s paper, Three Decades of Collecting and Preserving — the Work of Women in Architecture details the highlights and efforts of the Center, now in its fourth decade of existence. The presentation demonstrated how the IAWA Center fills historical gaps by preserving records and disseminating information; it brings an important dimension to the discipline of architecture and invigorates the search for quality in the built environment.
As the United States Representative to Congress International Union of Women in Architecture, Professor Dunay engaged the Congress in a discussion about internationally commemorating the 25th year celebration of the IAWA Center in tandem with UIFA. This meeting will be held in Washington D. C. next year.
The IAWA Center is an international organization founded in 1985 with over 300 collections and 2000 friends world-wide. The IAWA Center is active in finding and preserving the records of the pioneer generation of women in architecture, whose papers may be lost or dispersed if not collected immediately. The Archive serves as a center for research while also acting as a clearinghouse of information on the history and activities of all women architects, designers, and planners, past and present. The IAWA is active in public education and promoting research on the history of women in these professions through seminars, exhibits, and publications.