Karen Burns


Dr Karen Burns is an architectural historian and theorist based at the University of Melbourne. She researches issues of women, gender and architecture in contemporary and historical contexts. She is the co-editor of The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, 1960–2015 (forthcoming, 2021).

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Challenging the Canon – Rewriting history

How and why do we recover the histories of women’s active participation in shaping the built environment? How does such knowledge reshape our understanding of the past and the present? What are the barriers, assumptions and disciplinary norms challenged by rewriting built environment histories? Jude Barber, Sarah Rafson, Madhavi Desai and Karen Burns discuss recent projects in a panel discussion chaired by Julie Willis.

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