A Guide to the Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection, 1985-1995 Diamond, Katherine, Architectural Collection Ms1996-001

Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection, 1985-1995

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1996-001


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1996-001
Title
Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection, 1985-1995
Physical Characteristics
1.0 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
Diamond, Katherine
Language
English
Abstract
Katherine Diamond is the Partner in Charge of Design at Siegel Diamond Architects of Los Angeles, California, and the first woman to serve as President of the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter. She was also President of the Association for Women in Architecture from 1989 to 1991. The collection contains correspondence, a curriculum vitae, and material related to the exhibits "That Exceptional One" (AIA) and "Women in American Architecture, 1888-1989: A Historic, Contemporary, and Southern California Perspective" (AIA-AWA), as well as articles and books featuring women in architecture.

Admininstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection, Ms1996-001, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Katherine Diamond Architectural Collection was donated to the Special Collections in February 1996 by its creator. An addition to the collection was given in May 1996.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Diamond Collection was completed in May 1996.


Biographical/Historical Information

Katherine Diamond is currently Partner in Charge of Design for Siegel Diamond Architects in Los Angeles, California, a fifteen person, 100% woman-owned architectural partnership with a design portfolio of institutional, commercial, and residential projects. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in 1978, and is a registered architect of California and Israel.

Diamond served as 1993-1994 President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), becoming that chapter's first woman president in its then 99-year history. She was President of the Los Angeles-based Association for Women in Architecture (AWA) for two consecutive terms from 1989 to 1991. She chaired the joint AIA/LA + AWA Committee which organized the Los Angeles installation of the National AIA exhibit "That Exceptional One" and chaired the Exhibit Task Force that created "Women in American Architecture, 1888-1989: a Historic, Contemporary, and Southern California Perspective" that accompanied the "That Exceptional One" exhibit when it traveled to museum sites in California. She serves as the Vice President/President Elect of CWED, California Women in Environmental Design.

Diamond served as design consultant to the architects of the Los Angeles Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and Base Office Building, and as designer of four Elevated Light Rail Stations for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Metro Blue Line, which won the Los Angeles Beautification Award in 1994.

Scope and Content

The Diamond Collection consists of correspondence and material about the AIA exhibit "That Exceptional One" and the AIA-AWA exhibit "Women in American Architecture, 1888-1989: A Historic, Contemporary, and Southern California Perspective. " It also contains Diamond's and other women architects' curriculum vitae and professional writing.

Arrangement

The Diamond Papers are arranged by subject and filed chronologically.


Index Terms

    Local Subjects:

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Script for AIA's Exhibit, "That Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988, "1985
Box-folder 1-2
Clippings, Photographs, Articles, and Biographies Relating to the "Women in American Architecture, 1888-1989: a Historic, Contemporary and Southern California Perspective "Exhibit, 1987-1989
Box-folder 1-3
Correspondence with Clare Lorenz of London about Women Architects, 1989-1991
Box-folder 1-4
Article by Diamond, "A Herstory for Women in Architecture " in L.A. Architect, October 1991
Box-folder 1-5
Working draft of book, Women Architects: USA by Jan Gero, 1992
Box-folder 1-6
Article with Photograph, "Building a New Model: Long Shut Out of the Association's Power Structure, Women Architects are Drafting a Kinder, Gentler AIA, " featuring Diamond in California Real Estate Journal, April 1993
Box-folder 1-7
Curriculum vitae, 1995