IAWA Hosts Congress of the International Union of Women Architects
From July 26th through 31st, 2015, the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) hosted the 18th Congress of the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA – L’Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes).
The congress began with a reception in Washington, DC, and a tour of the great rooms of the nation’s capital. Participants then traveled to Charlottesville to tour the campus of the University of Virginia before continuing to Blacksburg for three days of talks, presentations, exhibitions, and tours at Virginia Tech.
On July 30th, the IAWA presented actress and playwright Libby Skala’s internationally-acclaimed play “LiLiA!” at the Lyric Theatre. In the play, Skala portrays her grandmother, architect and Oscar-nominated actress Lilia Skala, whose architectural drawings are archived in the IAWA’s permanent collection in Special Collections within Virginia Tech’s University Libraries.
The congress’s theme, “Contributing to the Constellation,” honors both organizations’ aims to exhibit and elucidate women’s influences in the field of architecture and the other design disciplines. The idea of a constellation advances the archive’s mission to preserve the works of women pioneers — the first bright stars — in architecture and design. The event was expected to attract guests from more than 90 countries.