Sarah Rafson


Sarah Rafson is an architectural writer, editor, curator and researcher. She teaches at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, where she was the 2017–18 Ann Kalla Professor and founding editor of EX-CHANGE, the school’s annual publication. In 2016 she founded Point Line Projects, an editorial and curatorial agency for architecture and design. She is co-curator and project manager for the travelling exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968. Her research on a radical grassroots Chicago feminist architecture curatorial collective, CARYATIDS, was awarded the Buell Center Oral History Prize from Columbia University. She serves on the board of ArchiteXX and edits sub_teXXt, the organisation’s online journal. She was a curatorial assistant for Bernard Tschumi’s 2014 retrospective and editor of the recent books, Parc de La Villette (Artifice, 2014) and Builders, Housewives, and the Construction of Modern Athens (Artifice, 2017).

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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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