Lori Brown
Professor; Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

B.S. Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.Arch Princeton University

Lori Brown has been teaching at the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2001. Prior to teaching, Brown was working as an architect in New York City for several award-winning firms. Her work emerges from the belief that architecture can participate in and impact people’s everyday lives. At the intersections of architecture, art, geography, and women’s studies, her work exists within both the more traditional realm of architecture (through competition proposals and individual practice) and outside the traditional realm in our broader environments where architecture may not be immediately legible (social, political and institutional arenas where architects are not typically present).

Published in June 2013, Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals investigates how legislation affects politicized and securitized spaces. She is currently co-organizing a design action for Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, MS that will be taking place in 2014.  In addition, she curated, organized and participated in Feminist Practices, an international group of women designers and architects whose work engages feminist methodologies which was published as an edited book, Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture by Ashgate in December 2011. In 2008 she was awarded the American Institute of Architects Diversity Best Practice Honorable Mention and a commendation for the Milka Bliznakov Prize for the Feminist Practices exhibition 2008.  In 2012, she co-launched with Nina Freedman, ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group in New York City. This group seeks to raise the awareness of women in architecture, create support and mentoring networks and create design actions broadening the exposure of architecture out in the world.

She has been awarded artist residencies at Macdowell, Jentel and Caldera and her work has been exhibited widely. She is a registered architect in the state of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Association of University Women.

Lori Brown is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

Buildings and Projects

  • Renovation for the Vera House Women’s Shelter, Syracuse, NY, completed 2012
  • Housing for single mothers recently released from incarceration; collaboration with local architect; Syracuse, NY 2006
  • Library of Feminism for the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Syracuse, NY, 2005 - present
  • Upstate University Hospital chapel renovation, Syracuse, NY, 2005 - 2006


  • Private Choices Public Spaces, curated and organized by ArchiteXX (Lori Brown and Kimberly Tate), The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at Parson’s The New School for Design, NY, NY Sept 18 – Oct 2, 2014
  • The Missing Library, DUMBO Arts Center (DAC), Brooklyn, NY, June 23 – August 14, 2011, Annie Shaw, organizer
  • “feminist practices” curator, organizer and participant 2007 -2009, exhibition traveled to: U. of MD, VA Tech, U. of Michigan, Temple, RISD, Wentworth Inst., Auburn, LSU, U. of Melbourne

Grants and Awards

  • Grant from the Abortion Conversation Project 2014
  • Mary Lily Travel Grant to Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture Library Archives, 2010
  • Milka Bliznakov Prize Commendation for feminist practices exhibition 2008
  • American Institute of Architects Diversity Best Practice Honorable Mention 2008
  • Syracuse University Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, March 2006 in collaboration with Alison Mountz for our class, ‘boundaries in syracuse: gender architecture geography’
  • AIA Central New York Merit Award, Unbuilt Project for the Upstate University Hospital Chapel renovation, October 2005
  • Residencies at MacDowell Colony, Jentel, and Caldera 2004

Lectures and Papers

  • Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women Shelters and Hospitals book talk, Columbia University GSAPP Studio X New York, NY February 26, 2014
  • Moderator, Feminism and Architecture: Intergenerational Conversations at Parsons The New School, co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York, NYC, March 18, 2014
  • Symposium co-organizer and speaker, “Transections: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Design Between Science and the Humanities,” Syracuse University School of Architecture, April 1, 2014
  • Invited speaker, Building Talent: Women, Patronage, and Mentoring symposium at University at Buffalo’s Gender Institute October 22, 2013
  • Keynote speaker, Transform: Changing Architecture’s Future organized by Parlour, Melbourne, Australia May 30, 2013
  • Invited speaker, “Disciplining Identities,” University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, May 28, 2013
  • Invited Hillier Memorial Lecture, Cornell University Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, May 1, 2013
  • Invited speaker, 40th Anniversary Symposium for Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals, Berkeley, CA April 13, 2013
  • Concluding speaker, 2012 Martell Symposium Beyond Patronage Reconsidering Models of Practice, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Buffalo, NY October 17, 2012
  • Invited lecture,”feminist practices,” Louisiana State University College of Art and Design, Baton Rouge, LA, 2009
  • Invited lecture, “Politicizing the Female Body:  Examining the Space of Abortion Clinics” F. Ross Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Speaker Series, Centre for the Study of the US University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 2009


  • Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals, Ashgate, June 2013
  • Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture; Ashgate, December 2011
  • Lori Brown, “Discipling Identities Part 1 + 2,” Parlour, August 24, 2014
  • “Moving Beyond Patronage,” Beyond Patronage, edited by Joyce Hwang and Martha Bohm, Actar, expected 2014
  • “Spatial manipulations: The role of real space in abortion,” CFP: The History and Politics of Abortion, essay expected 2014
  • “Subverting a Promise: Anti- Abortion Policies and Activism in Canada and the United States,” co-authored with Shoshanna Ehrich and Colleen MacQuarrie, Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler, essay expected 2014

Reviews of Lori Brown’s work


Administration and Service

  • Co-founder and co-leader, ArchiteXX, women in architecture organization, New York, NY, 2012 – present
  • Faculty advisor, Women in Design