SARAH RAFSON
Ann Kalla Visiting Professor

Advocacy, Activism, & American Architecture since 1968
M 02 April | 5:00pm | TBA
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture

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ADVOCACY, ACTIVISM, & AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE In 1968, a year marked by unrest, civil rights leader Whitney Young famously addressed the AIA in Portland, Oregon, condemning architects for their “thunderous silence” and “complete irrelevance” in responding to the country’s social and political issues. The issues have evolved, how has the profession? 

SARAH RAFSON is a writer, editor, researcher, and curator. She received her BA from the University of Toronto and Masters in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices from Columbia University, where she won the Buell Center Oral History Prize for her thesis on Chicago’s feminist architecture curatorial collective, CARYATIDS. While working on exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou and Museum of Modern Art, Rafson founded sub_teXXt, an online journal for women in architecture. In 2016, she launched Point Line Projects, an editorial and curatorial agency with a focus on architecture and design.    

RESOURCES A selection of readings related to the lecture, see links below.