S02E03 Jen Bee

Today I have for you my first full hour with a female designer, Jen Bee.

This interview was recorded prior to the passing of Gary Carlough, co-founder of Edge Studio where my guest today developed her love for restaurant design. He also taught at my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. He was a force in the Pittsburgh design community and he will be missed.

Lindsay Grauvogel works for ThoughtForm Design, and has her own website. If you all else fails you should just show up at a PKN event, she’s probably presenting.

Her video and blog series will show up right here once it is the future and those things are real.

Speaking of PKN, vol 18 is happening probably right now! If you already missed it, there will be more. Try the facebook page for more details.

Jen and I talked a bit about sexism and feminism in architecture. I’ve assembled a sampling of related readings from around the internet, such as The Onion, Design Observer, and Architecture Record. There’s also another podcast, KCRW’s DnA, that had a good segment, and I also wrote a satirical post for my own blog. That should get you started.

Jen’s first dream job: working for James Cutler at Cutler-Anderson Architects. There are interviews with and books about him to be read, for the curious.

Jen used to drive an ice cream bike like this one:

… except hers had the cooler on the back.

Now she designs things that sell food, but out of buildings, not out of coolers. They’re called restaurants, like Spoon in Penn Circle:

Spoon, selected as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the U.S. in a 2011 publication

… and Blue Line Grille in Uptown:

Blue Line Grille, voted best new bar in Pittsburgh

If you’re like Jen and me and you want to sketch more, use the hashtag #5minutesketch on Twitter and Instagram.

Whoever you are, the AIA needs people like you to help make it work. If you’re an architect or concerned citizen interested in getting involved check out the Young Architect’s Forum or any of the other committees. And of course, you can always email: info@aiapgh.org

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