Donna Dunay was awarded the William C. Noland Medal on Nov. 5 by AIA Virginia, the state professional society affiliated with the American Institute of Architects. The Noland medal recognizes significant and sustained work in education, advocacy, service to the profession, and leadership. Dunay was nominated for her work as an educator, which is marked by roles as teacher, mentor, and collaborator to thousands of Virginia Tech students.

Dunay is chair of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, established in 1985 as a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. The archive documents the history of women’s contributions to the built environment and collects, preserves, and provides access to the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners.


Dunay’s service to the profession includes roles on the National Architecture Accreditation Board, the AIA National Strategic Council, and participation in design juries, panels, colloquia, and committees. Among numerous awards, the most recent is DesignIntelligence’s Most Admired Educator Award (Architecture) in 2020.