Lecture on the feminist architecture cooperative Matrix
The on-site event is fully booked. However, you can follow the live broadcast here.
When Matrix was founded by a group of women architects in London in 1981, they were among the first in the world to bring issues of gender centre-stage of the design of the built environment. Matrix worked with participatory design and offered architectural services to marginalised groups. In addition, they developed educational resources. Together, they wrote the pioneering work Making Space. Women and the Man Made Environment (1984), in which they criticised dominance of men in the designing of cities and spaces. Recently this book was republished.
In this lecture, Boys will talk about the history and legacy of this women-led, collaborative platform. She will explore some of the threads from Matrix and beyond, as a way of opening up for discussion ways of working towards more inclusive design practices.
The lecture is part of the public program for the exhibition Coming into Community, the National Museum’s contribution to this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale.
The lecture is in English and will be streamed from the CNS-room on the first floor of the Architecture Museum. It is free to join, but tickets must be booked in advance.
About Jos Boys
Dr. Jos Boys is co-founder and co-director, with Zoe Partington, of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project which brings disabled artists into built environment education and practice to critically and creatively re-think access and inclusion. Originally trained in architecture, she was co-founder of Matrix feminist architecture and research collective in the 1980s and one of the authors of Making Space: Women and the Man-made Environment Pluto 1894 (republished by Verso, 2022). Since then she has been a journalist, researcher, consultant, educator and photographer; and has published several books. Currently she is Director of the Learning Environments Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (LEEDIC) at The Bartlett UCL.