Wednesday / October 07, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Social Practice of Architecture, Jennifer Park, AIA & 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award Recipient
Jennifer Park, AIA, NCARB, is a Principal at Brininstool + Lynch in Chicago and recipient of the 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award, presented by the AIA Chicago Foundation. The award was established in 1983 to recognize excellence in ability and exceptional contributions by Chicago area architects between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-nine, or one who has been licensed less than 10 years.
Design leadership, design perspective and design services distinguish and identify Jennifer as an architect. At Brininstool + Lynch, she plays a critical role in establishing the future of the design-focused firm. Previously, Park was principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, a design firm known for its exploration of the relevance of patterns and ornamentation to create an architecture of effect and meaning. Jennifer's practice is reinforced by a decade of teaching. In her current position of Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Second Year at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), she teaches the fundamentals of form and tectonics, but believes the most fundamental lesson is to enjoy what they are doing. Jennifer also advocates for diversity in both the academic and professional setting through her work as the Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at IIT and for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable of AIA Chicago. In this role, she champions the statement "what is good for business is creativity and what is fuels creativity is diversity."
Jennifer will speak about her definition of the Social Practice of Architecture. The practice of architecture requires architects to work in service of people and communities creating environments that enable and animate their lives. To do so, we need to understand the social circumstances in which they live work and play. However, a "social practice" is also looking at how we practice: with fellow architects, for future architects, and beyond current environments and context. The social practice of architecture involves looking at how we enable a more equitable and social profession, how to train future architects, and how we might reengage social significance through design.