The 2017 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize is calling for submissions. Why not get involved and help fill the glaring gap in knowledge about women’s professional achievements in architecture.


The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) would like to announce the opening call for the 2017 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize, a US$3000 prize awarded for a research project conducted in the IAWA Special Collections in the Newman Library at Virginia Tech.

The IAWA Center invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honour IAWA founder Professor Milka Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design fields. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA, will help fill the current void in historical knowledge about women’s professional achievements. The archive encourages such research in addition to the goal of preserving archival materials related to the work of women who shaped the designed environment, thus preserving for posterity a record of their achievements.

The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) presents this Annual Prize of US$3000 (with up to US$1000 of that total reimbursable for travel and residency expenses) following a two-stage process. For Stage One, applicants submit their proposal, which outlines the work they plan
to complete at the archive. A 500-word proposal with curriculum vitae must be received or postmarked by 30 May 2017. For more information on the competition requirements, see the International Archive of Women in Architecture.

The winner will be announced by 30 June 2017, with the final project completion deadline of 28 February 2018. The final project will become a part of the archive to contribute to the historical record.