The Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Va., will host an exhibition organized by Virginia Tech and the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) that explores the work of women who broke through gender barriers to pursue careers in architecture and design.

Opening March 4, 2010, Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the International Archive of Women in Architecture features the work of many pioneering women, among them Lilia Skala, who fled the Nazis in 1939; Nobuko Nakahara, one of the first women licensed as an architect in Japan; Lois Gottlieb, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentices; Beverly Willis, whose firm developed some of the first software for architecture and planning; Mary Brown Channel, the first woman registered architect in Virginia; and Han Schroeder, who taught interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University. The exhibition showcases artifacts from the IAWA collection and a special exhibit developed by students in Virginia Tech's "Researching Women in Architecture" seminar.

Glass Ceilings will remain on exhibit through June 6, 2010. For information on the Virginia Center for Architecture, visit