A Guide to the "That Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988," Exhibition ; 1988
A Guide to the "That Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988," Exhibition
A Collection in Special Collections
Collection Number Ms91-041
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
That Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988," Exhibition,
100 cu. ft.
Traveling exhibit created by the American Architectural Foundation of the American Institute of Architects about women in
American architecture. The exhibit starts with Louise Bethune, who in 1888 was the first woman to join the AIA. Materials
include exhibit panels, planning documents and research for the creation of the exhibit.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "That Exceptional One: Women in American
Architecture 1888-1988," Exhibition, 1988, Ms91-041 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
The material in the collection was donated in 1991 and March 2000 by the Library and Archives of The American Institute of
Architects to the International Archive of Women in Architecture housed in the Special Collections at the University Libraries
of Virginia Tech.
Processed by Federica Goffi and Gerrianne Schaad, May 2000
"That Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture 1888-1988" commemorated the 100th anniversary of the election of the
first woman, Louise Blanchard Bethune of Buffalo, New York, to membership in The American Institute of Architects. The idea
for this exhibition on a century of achievements by women came from the AIA Women in Architecture Committee.
The exhibit consisted of the following three sections: "Becoming an Architect" covered the establishment of schools of architecture
in the United States during the late 19th century; the influence of the Beaux-Arts and Bauhaus movements; the political and
social activism of the 1960s and 1970s; and the enrollment gains of women in architecture and other professional school. "Practicing
Architecture" profiled women in professional practice-from the early all-female firm of MIT graduates Lois Lilley Howe, Eleanor
Manning, and Mary Almy, to current and precedent-setting practitioners, Natalie De Blois and Laurinda Spear. It reflected
a wide range of building types, practice types, specialties, and locales. " Gaining Recognition" used an illustrated timeline
to document the evolution of women in architecture as their achievements and numbers grew and as attitudes both among and
about female architects changed over a century.
The collection "That Exceptional One" consists of documents, articles, correspondence, photographs, slides, and other related
material documenting the phases of preparation, organization and display of the exhibition. Researcher notes reflect their
efforts to identify collections and sources of material on women architects. The slides are examples of the architects work.
Also included in the collection is the physical exhibit.