Jennifer Park, AIA, NCARB, is a Principal at Brinstool + 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.
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.