Architect as Advocate: New Frameworks for Practice

Joyce Hwang

Excerpt from Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models Of Practice by Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm and Gabrielle Printz, published by Actar Publishers.

To be an advocate—to defend the cause of another or to support the interests of another—is a form of practice that we tend to associate with the realms of politics, law, and social activism. Debates surrounding human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, disability rights, and even animal rights might be the issues that first come to mind when reflecting upon notions of advocacy, but how might an architect operate as an advocate? How might we consider an architectural project as a form of advocacy?

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