Ann Kalla Visiting Professor
Advocacy, Activism, & American Architecture since 1968
M 02 April | 5:00pm | TBA
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture
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.
Keynote Address to the AIA National Convention, Whitney Young, 1968
What we can learn from Chicago’s CARYATIDS, the feminist curatorial collective that fought sexism in architecture?, Chicago Architecture Biennial blog, 27 June 2017
Pursuing Alternative Paths in The Name of Design. Architect, February 7, 2017
On Architecture and the Women’s March, Lumpen Radio Chicago, 105.5 FM, Buildings on Air, 05 August 2017
Private Choices, Public Spaces: Field notes from Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic, Lori Brown, ARPA Journal