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.
Her video and blog series will show up right here once it is the future and those things are real.
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 used to drive an ice cream bike like this one:
Now she designs things that sell food, but out of buildings, not out of coolers. They’re called restaurants, like Spoon in Penn Circle:
… and Blue Line Grille in Uptown:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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