A Guide to the Diane Elliott Gayer Architectural Papers, 1997-2002 Gayer, Diane Elliott Architectural Papers Ms2002-045

A Guide to the Diane Elliott Gayer Architectural Papers, 1997-2002

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2002-045


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

© 2013 By Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.

Processed by: Special Collections Staff Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Diane Elliott Gayer Architectural Papers, 1997-2002
Physical Characteristics
2.0 Linear feet, processed 4 folders, processed Approx. 20 linear feet of materials not-yet-processed.
Gayer, Diane Elliott

Administrative Information


Collection is open to research. Unprocessed materials may be reviewed upon rwequest.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from Diane Elliott Gayer Architectural Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Diane Elliot Gayer Architectural Papers, Ms2002-045, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Initially donated to the Special Collections by Diane Elliott Gayer, November 2002. Additional donations were made in 2017.

Biographical Note

Diane Elliott Gayer, architect involved in groups including Women in Design (Vermont) and Women in Architecture (Denver, CO), expands the expectations of what architecture can do and builds a more sustainable future based on community empowerment. Gayer, educated at the University of Colorado, is Director of the Vermont Design Institute and principal of Diane Elliott Gayer and Associates.

Scope and Content Information

The Diane Elliott Gayer Collection (1997-2002) is comprised of publications, a community study, a curriculum vitae, and a poster.

Vermont Design Institute publications include "The Vermont Design Quarterly" Vol.1 - Vol. 4 (1998-2001), the Historic Main Street Partnership Study (St. Johnsbury, VT) (2001), and Groundswell: Sustainability Through Design. Also included is a publication detailing The Left Bank Townhomes created by Principal Architect Gayer at Artimis Designs, Inc. in Denver Colorado.

The poster, entitled "Racial Justice & Equity" was designed by Gayer (1997) for the Burlington, Vermont Peace and Justice Center.

Also included in the collection is Gayer's curriculum vitae.

Additional materials received in 2017 include educational materials, portfolios, project documentation, architectural drawings/print sheets, correspondence, and publications documenting Gayer’s practice, teaching career, engagement in professional organizations, and writing.

Index Terms


  • Gayer, Diane Elliott
  • Corporate Names:

  • Artemis Designs, Inc.
  • Vermont Design Institute.
  • Subjects:

  • Architects and community
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Scope and Contents note

September 18, 2002 letter to Milka Bliznakov discussing Gayer's work philosophies and interests as well as contents of the donation.

Box-folder 1:1
Curriculum Vitae,undated
Oversize Map Case 33/Drawer 12/Folder 4
Racial Justice and Equity Project Poster featuring Gayer's 'Mandela/Mandala,' (4 copies), 1997
Scope and Content

According to Gayer the poster was created as a result of visiting South Africa for a UIFA conference.

Artemis Designs
  • Box-folder 1:1
    The Left Bank Townhomes, undated
    Scope and Contents note

    Brochure detailing Artimis Design, Inc. town home plan in Denver, Colorado.

Vermont Design Institute, 1998-2001
Scope and Content

Gayer is the Director of the Vermont Design Institute (1998 to present [2002]), a non-profit design center that does hands-on community design design work. Included in the collection are publications and reports from the Institute.

  • Box-folder 1:2
    Historic Main Street Partnership Study, August 2001
    Scope and Contents note

    Assessment of Historic Buildings, Site and Parking, & Wayfinding along Main Street in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

  • Box-folder 1:2
    Vermont Design Quarterly,1998-2001
    Scope and Contents note

    1998 - Vol. 1, No.1; 1999 Vol. 2, No. 1-3; 2000 Vol.3, No.1-3; 2001 Vol.4, No.1-3

  • Box-folder 1:3
    Groundswell: Sustainability Through Design,undated