Moving beyond PatronageLori Brown
The Beyond Patronage symposium was a thought-provoking day with a series of all-woman panels comprised of an array of design research and creative practices demonstrating what beyond patronage architectural practices look like. And that the day’s events only included women is critically important and must be acknowledged. The theme of the symposium and, by extension, the book is such a timely topic. Publicly discussing what beyond patronage means, in order for the profession to evolve and be more responsive to our contemporary society, is of utmost importance today.
When I began to think about what moving beyond patronage means, I could not help but think about the connection between gender and architecture. In my mind, when patronage and architecture are spoken about together, gender is inextricably a part of this relationship. I do not believe we can speak about moving beyond patronage without acknowledging and addressing issues of gender and architecture too.
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