Mapping the Territory of Latin American Women in Modern Architecture

Thursday, July 12
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Please join the Women in Architecture this Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm for our July event “Mapping the territory of Latin American women in Modern Architecture,” presented by Sandra Vivanco of A+D, Architecture+Design.

The dart, the fold and the seam
Mapping the territory of Latin American women in Modern Architecture

“When asked to establish a theoretical context for an upcoming exhibit titled “Spaces through Gender: Latin American Women in Modern Architecture,” my interest in the role of women in architecture was re‐ignited as I started to see a parallel between Latin America and fashion, and how they both have been historically feminized in 20th century architectural criticism.

The concerns for co‐habitation, sensory experience and representation also carry through from urban to fashion design. In fashion as in architecture, the dart, the fold and the seam articulate the boundary between exterior and interior space. It is within the basic relationships between material, memory, natural surroundings and communal inhabitation that I would like to frame certain questions about women architects working today in the American southern hemisphere. Being careful not to essentialize women or Latin America for that matter, I will aim to characterize their contribution with the main purpose of bringing much needed recognition to their work.”

About the presenter: In addition to leading the San Francisco based firm, A+D, Architecture+Design, Sandra Vivanco is Associate Professor of Architecture and Cultural Diversity at the California College of the Arts.

Based on the premise that inclusiveness and excellence in design can and should co-exist, the work of A+D has been recognized globally. Several of her residential projects are featured in two recent books: San Francisco Modern Homes and Casas en la Ciudad, Architectural Houses. Vivanco was selected as one of 10 Architects to Watch featured in California Home & Design magazine in 2010.

The product of a Peruvian-Colombian fusion, Vivanco moved to San Francisco in the early 1980’s to complete her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. She later graduated with honors from Columbia University’s GSAPP. Vivanco has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Italy and Brazil and has taught at Barnard and Columbia in New York, UC Berkeley and CCa in the Bay Area, Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima.

Sandra Vivanco has authored several articles on Latin American 20th century architecture -specifically the post war condition in Brazil – including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America and Baroque New Worlds.

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