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Adjunct Lecturer and Senior Program Coordinator at Tulane City Center, Emilie Taylor, '06 TSA, named one of "9 Women Who Are Rocking Public Interest Design."

August 20, 2014

The traditional courtship between architects and projects of public interest relied on the mediation of benefactors with bank rolls who chaperoned the impassioned relationship between the architect and his work to ensure all appearances were in order. As the presence of public interest design has grown in recent years, this relationship has shifted. Often, the "client" includes the end users, who are not responsible for financing the project but participate in the conception and construction in collaboration with the architect. In public interest design, the architect trades in the three-piece suit of Daniel Burnham for jeans and work boots. Women are an inspiring presence in this sector of design and, in another trend that contrasts tradition, they are being recognized for it. There are many women (and men!) who put in the sweat and lack of sleep to establish the field, but here we will highlight nine of the next young guns... Full article