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LECTURE: Lori Brown


Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals

Lori Brown

7:00 PM

Room 111 Higgins Hall
Pratt Institute School of Architecture
61 St James Place,
Brooklyn, NY 11205


At the intersections of Architecture, Art, Geography, and Women’s Studies, Lori Brown’s 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. She has recently been working on 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. Two current projects include the book Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals investigating how legislation affects politicized and securitized spaces published in June 2013 by Ashgate and a competition design for Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, MS that will be taking place in 2014. In addition, she curated, organized and participated in Feminist Practices, an international group of women designers and architects whose work engages feminist methodologies which was published as an edited book, Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture by Ashgate in December 2011.

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. In 2012, she co-launched with Nina Freedman, ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group in New York City. This group seeks to raise the awareness of women in architecture, create support and mentoring networks and take design actions broadening the exposure of architecture out in the world. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she spent her final year studying at the Ecole d’Architecture in Paris. Following, she received a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. Prior to teaching, Brown was working as an architect in New York City for several award-winning firms. She is a registered architect in the state of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of University.