A Guide to the Despina Stratigakos Architectural Collection, 1998-2013 Stratigakos, Despina, Architectural Collection Ms2001-062

A Guide to the Despina Stratigakos Architectural Collection, 1998-2013

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2001-062


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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Despina Stratigakos Architectural Collection, 1998-2013
Physical Characteristics
0.5 cubic feet
Despina Stratigakos
English German

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Despina Stratigakos Architectural Collection, Ms2001-062, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Processing Information

Processing was completed in 2009. An addition was added in 2012.

Biographical Information

Despina Stratigakos completed her doctoral thesis in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College.She specializes in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century European art and architecture, women architects and designers in Europe and the United States, and the theories of gender and design. Stratigakos' dissertation entitled, "Skirts and Scaffolding: women architects, gender and design in Wilhelmine Germany" explores the advancement of women into architecture from approximately 1900-1920.

Stratigakos is currently (2009) an assistant Professor at University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning. Previously she has held positions at Illinois State University, Grinnell College, the University of Iowa and at the Visual Arts Center in Montreal.

Stratigakos also successfully lobbied the Mattel toy company for the inclusion of an architect to the 'Barbie I Can Be...' series. Architect became the 127th career for Barbie in 2011.

Scope and Content

The Despina Stratigakos collection is comprised of her vita and published works including her dissertation and articles exploring the public image of women architects in Wilhelm, Germany (early 20th century), the contributions of women in re-building of Berlin, Germany, and exiled Jewish women architects in America. The collection also contains a 2011 Architect Barbie from Mattel and press releases concerning her creation.

Separated Material

Stratigakos' thesis Skirts and scaffolding : women architects, gender, and design in Wilhelmine Germany NA1997 .S82 1999 is located in the Rare Books Stacks.

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Curriculum vitae, 2001
Box-folder 1:2
Article: regarding Emilie Winkelmann [material is in German], 1998
Box-folder 1:3
Essay: Architecture in Skirts: The Public Image of Women Architects in Wilhelmine Germany, (2000, 2001)
Box-folder 1:4
Book Chapter: ed. Amy L. Bingaham, Lise Shapiro Sanders, and Rebecca Zorach.(2001). "A Women's Berlin: How Female Patrons and Architects in Imperial Germany Re-Gendered the City" in Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis.
Box-folder 1:5
Article: "Reconstructing a Lost History: Exiled Jewish Women Architects in America" in Aufbau (The Transatlantic Jewish Paper) Vol. LXVIII, No. 22. p. 14 October 31, 2002,
Box-folder 1:7
Article: "Despina Stratigakos on Women in Architecture,"in Abitare Vol. 532, March 6, 2013,
Box-folder 1:8
Article: "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia," published online via The Design Observer Group, June 3, 2013,
Box-folder 1:6
Architect Barbie, information, 2011
Box 2
Architect Barbie, doll, 2011