Our History

Our History

2002

Founded

February 21st with support from Beverly Willis.

2005

Grant program begins

Projects funded from 2005 to 2013 include USA: Modern Architectures in History,A Girl Is A Fellow Here, and Charles & Ray Eames.

2006

National Building Museum and BWAF begin collaboration

The Women of Architecture program began at the nation’s premium institution for building excellence, in observance of Women’s History Month (March).

2007

Concept for Dynamic National Archive begins

Trustee Diane Favro creates the first version of the wiki-style collection of women of 20th century American architecture that eventually becomes the DNA.

2009

BWAF redefines mission

Accepting a broader understanding of design that embraces all aspects of the built environment, BWAF re-structures its programs to reflect the expanded mission.

2010

Industry Leaders Roundtable program begins

The first Industry Leaders Roundtable is held in October in Tarrytown, NY. This program has happened in October every year since.

Internship Program Begins

The BWAF begins offering summer internships to expose rising professionals to the world of arts management.

2012

Received grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The $35,000 matching grant allowed for the beginning of the Pioneering Women of American Architecture project, which highlights 50 revolutionaries within the DNA.

2014

Launched Built By Women (BxW)

Our flagship educational and social initiative to raise awareness of women’s contributions to the built environment, support current professionals and students, and inspire young women to pursue STE(A)M careers, launches in New York City.

2015

BWAF Leadership Awards Begin

The BWAF recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed to growing equity in the building professions in February at the Prince George Ballroom, with over 200 professionals in attendance.

Built By Women Continues

Washington D.C. became the second region to host a Built By Women competition.