Keynote speaker Lori Brown

Lori works at the intersections of architecture, art, geography, and women’s studies, and is involved in architectural practice, research and teaching. 

All her work emerges from the belief that architecture can participate in and impact people’s everyday lives. Her design, speculative work, and teaching all engage with the larger idea of broadening the discourse and involvement of architecture in our world. Focusing particularly on the relationships between architecture and social justice issues, she has currently placed emphasis on gender and its impact upon spatial relationships. 

Recent projects include working with the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation designing a Library of Feminism; the Upstate University Hospital renovation design for their chapel that was awarded an AIA Unbuilt Design Award; a retro-fitted bus providing medical care and educational outreach for rural areas in upstate New York and a recently completed renovation for the Vera House, a local women’s shelter in Syracuse, NY.

She is currently working on the book Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals, which investigates how legislation affects politicized and securitized spaces. This will be published this year by Ashgate. A collaborative project with a Turkish colleague focuses on women’s shelters in Turkey, from the perspective of government policies influencing their locations to the spatial issues that women and children have as shelter inhabitants.

Lori curated, organized and participated in feminist practices, an international group of women designers and architects whose work engages feminist methodologies which was recently published as an edited book, Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture (London: Ashgate, 2011).

She has been awarded artist residencies at Macdowell, Jentel and Caldera and her work has been exhibited widely and has been published in 306090, gender forum, Journal of International Women’s Studies and ACME, the journal of critical geography. Her teaching builds upon her interdisciplinary interests and goals of challenging the gendered academic landscape with alternative pedagogical methods.

 In 2008 she was awarded the American Institute of Architects Diversity Best Practice Honorable Mention and a commendation for the Milka Bliznakov Prize for the feminist practices exhibition 2008. She is a registered architect in the state of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Lori’s website lab practices has more detail on her many projects and activities.