A Guide to the Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers, 1966-1991 Lee-Smith, Diana Architectural Papers Ms1990-005

A Guide to the Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers, 1966-1991

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Collection Number Ms1990-005


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Collection Number
Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers, 1966-1991
Physical Characteristics
0.4 cu. ft. 1 box
Lee-Smith, Diana
British architect and planner living in Nairobi, Kenya. Projects focus on housing and shelter concerns in Africa. This collection consists of a number of papers, publications, books and magazines that were written or edited by Diana Lee-Smith.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers Ms1991-005, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech by the creator in July 1991.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers was completed in October 2013.

Biographical Note

Diana Lee-Smith is British architect and planner living in Nairobi, Kenya. Born in Reading, England (1940), she received her diploma of the Architectural Association, London, UK in 1964. She has had numerous academic appointments around the world including Kenya, the United States, and Canada. She holds a doctorate in Architecture and Development Studies and has written extensively on urban poverty, gender, development, and environmental issues.

Lee-Smith was one of the founders of the Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO, an institution that carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya (1985). She has served as a consultant on a number of projects focusing on African housing and shelter concerns.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of Mazingira Institute publications edited by Lee-Smith including: public health magazines for children, SINA (Settlements Information Network Africa) Newsletters, a curriculum vitae, and articles and speeches by and about Lee-Smith. 

Index Terms


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

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Curriculum Vitae and Writings,1966-1990
Box-folder 1:2
Box-folder 1:3
Mazingira Institute Publications, Edited by Lee-Smith,1980-1987
- Uses of Trees and Shrubs Identified by Rural Children in Kenya, 1980
- Training Human Settlements Workers in Eastern and Southern Africa, 1981
- Community Participation in Human Settlements, 1983
- Zimbabwe National Workshop on Construction and Housing Cooperatives, 1987
Box-folder 1:4
Rainbow Magazine for Children, a Mazingira Institute publication,1981-1984
Box-folder 1:5
SINA (Settlements Information Network Africa) Newsletter, Edited by Lee-Smith,1982-1991
Box-folder 1:6
The Mazingira Institute Magazine for Children,1986-1989
Box-folder 1:7
NGOs and Shelter, Published by SINA,1987
Box-folder 1:8
Institution Development for Delivery of Low-Income Housing: An evaluation of Dandora Community Development Project in Nairobi,1988
Box-folder 1:9
HIC Women and Shelter Network Newsletter, 1989-1990
Box-folder 1:10
Book: Environment and Urbanization, vol. 3, no.2 [has a profile on HIC Women in Shelter Network],1991