Understanding the lived experience of our clients and ourselves is essential to advancing our work as architects. In this interview, I speak with the masterminds behind the book Out in Architecture, a book dedicated to bringing visibility to the voices and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. We discuss identity beyond practice, the intersection of identity and practice and reclaiming space and identity. This is essential listening for anyone who wants to advocate for a model of practice that is inclusive and responsive.
There is a difference between lived and adjacent experience. Don't assume that you understand someone's needs - ask.
When you fail to ask "who's missing?" you miss the opportunity to have a more intentional practice and do more intentional work.
Being a platform builder and a convener is important. When people come together, they can leverage one another's experiences.
Find or make your community. As you reach out, you allow others to be seen and find or serve as role models and mentors.
Be open to the serendipity of those who are put in your path.
Slow down to go fast. Frustration to get something done is itself a form of bias. When you slow down you can be more present and intentional. You receive support and ideas from others by relinquishing control.