Lori Brown and Sarosh Anklesaria: Feminism in the Living Room

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Living Room Event Series

Lori Brown's creative practice focuses on the relationships between architecture and social justice issues with particular emphasis on gender and its impact upon spatial relationships in hopes to broaden the discourse and involvement of architecture in our world. Her talk will begin with a brief discussion of the theoretical frameworks and methodologies that influence her work followed by a presentation of a few projects that explore these theories through research, design, and activism.

Brown is a professor of architecture at Syracuse University and a registered architect in the state of New York. She is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Association of University Women. She is the cofounder and leads ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group in New York City. She has been awarded artist residencies at Macdowell, Jentel, and Caldera and her work has been exhibited widely.

Brown's work emerges from the belief that architecture can participate in and impact people's everyday lives. At the intersections of architecture, art, geography, and women's studies, her work exists within and outside of the traditional realm of architecture. Her two books include Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture (Routledge, 2011), an edited collection of a group of international women designers and architects employing feminist methodologies in their creative practices; and Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women's Shelters and Hospitals (Routledge, 2013), exploring highly securitized spaces and the impact of legislation and the First Amendment's effect upon such places. She is working with two abortion clinics on design interventions for their public interface. Her two current book projects include Birthing Centers, Borders and Bodies, and coediting the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture with Karen Burns.

Sarosh Anklesaria (M.Arch. '10) is an architect and educator with more than 15 years of teaching and practice in India, Switzerland, and the U.S. He has worked as a senior architect on The Shed at Hudson Yards with Diller Scofidio and Renfro, New York City; on the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art with Herzog and de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland; and with Sangath, the office of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad, India. Anklesaria has taught design studios at The Pratt Institute and at Syracuse University where he developed a thesis research studio around urban informality in Latin America and India. Anklesaria's research interests lie at the intersection of architectural agency, typological inventiveness, and public space. His research considers the role of temporal, hybrid, and networked architectural strategies in generating spaces of empowerment.

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