Guest: Jos Boys (University College London UCL, London)
In the 1980s, the London-based feminist architects’ practice Matrix was one of the first worldwide to bring issues of gender center-stage to the design of the built environment. It was radical, not only by being a women-led platform, but also by integrating new interdisciplinary and intersectional ways of working across theory and practice. This included research about gender and space; creating feminist design guidance and support; enabling more women from under-represented groups into construction and architecture; designing building projects for and with women, and co-exploring new building types ignored by a male-dominated profession, such as women’s centers and nurseries. By revisiting that work through the current development of an online archive as well as an associated exhibition, Jos Boys will discuss how we can capture such collective processes through their diverse artefacts and voices.
www.matrixfeministarchitecturearchive.co.uk (prototype in progress)