Lori A. Brown

Lori A. Brown, FAIA, is a Professor and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Architecture Syracuse University and a registered architect in New York State. Prior to teaching, Brown worked as an architect in New York City for several award-winning firms.

She has since developed a creative research practice focusing 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 two books include Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture, an edited collection of a group of international women designers and architects employing feminist methodologies in their creative practices (2011) that began as a traveling exhibition, and Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals, exploring highly securitized spaces and the impact of legislation and the First Amendment’s affect upon such places (2013).

She is the co-founder and leads ArchiteXX, www.architexx.org, a gender equity and architecture organization bridging the academy and practice in New York City and seeks to raise the awareness of women in architecture, create support and mentoring networks, and take design actions broadening the exposure of architecture in the world. ArchiteXX’s current curatorial project is the travelling exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 and has been supported by the Graham Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and the National Endowments for the Arts. Through ArchiteXX she is also currently collaborating with the Australian group Parlour on #wikiD to write more women architects into Wikipedia with support from the Wikimedia Foundation. She is working with two abortion clinics on design interventions for their public interface. Currently her two book projects include Birthing, Borders and Bodies and co-editing the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015 with Dr. Karen Burns. She has been awarded the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Award for her work increasing recognition of gender inequities in the building industry, is a 2021 Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices recipient, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.