Founded in 2002 by its namesake, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) recently received money from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to help fund the longtime organizational goal of archiving the work and lives of female architects. The BWAF will use the grant for a specific project called “Making a Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture.” According to the grant proposal, the project essentially involves identifying and selecting 50 “historically significant women architects and designers active prior to 1970 who helped make and shape the built environment of the United States.”

The resulting collection will become a special section in the foundation’s digital library, which already contains details on thousands of female practitioners organized in a timeline format. BWAF director Wanda Bubriski spoke to residential architect about the grant and the current plans for this new project. “We’re thrilled to get the NEA’s support and are already beginning to implement the phases of a process that we expect to complete by next year,” Bubriski says. By early fall, she adds, the BWAF plans to release a call for submissions asking architects, designers, and other industry pros to suggest names for inclusion on this prestigious list. “We also should have selected our jury who will make the final decisions.”