Donna Dunay, FAIA was elected during the A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas to serve as the Region of The Virginias representative to the AIA Strategic Council. The term is for three years and will begin in 2020 and end in 2022. The Council serves as AIA’s “think tank”. Strategic Councilors focus entirely on big-picture, futurist-type thinking about the future of architects and architecture and the AIA’s opportunities to prepare for that future proactively.
Donna Dunay, FAIA
Distinguished Professor Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
G. Truman Ward Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech
Chair, International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA)
Donna Dunay, FAIA has contributed a significant body of work constructing linkages to education, history, architecture, and planning, emphasizing the dimensions of professional and civic responsibility. As chair of the International Archive of Women (IAWA) in Architecture, Donna has situated the IAWA to build worldwide knowledge of women in architecture. In building this international network, she has orchestrated insightful strategic planning for a less recognized demographic, while making accessible records of scholarship, serving the entire architecture and design communities.
Advancing the study of human settlements, her book Town Architecture has become a planning tool and reference for those seeking a more precise understanding of scale in the built environment. Her examination of town architecture led to the creation of a national competition “A Center for Civic Activity in the Town of Blacksburg” garnering several hundred entries while bringing national attention to the integral act of civic construction.
Dunay’s work has been recognized with the Distinguished Planning Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association; three Awards of Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, Virginia Society; and the Inform Award for product design. She has contributed to National AIA initiatives and served and chaired multiple National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) Teams and was nominated as a member of the Braun Prize Forum, an international industrial design competition. Most recently, she served as Canberra Accord Review Team Member for the assessment of the National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA) of China.