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Name:  Kathryn H. Anthony  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- Kathryn H. Anthony on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Anthony is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Titles At Your Library

Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio
ISBN: 0442002351

Van Nostrand Reinhold. 1991

Competitions, juries, and studio projects refereed by design peers have long been considered 'sacred turf' that cannot be questioned as well as potentially frightening experiences for those involved in submissions. This book explores the rationales of the jurors, how students can improve skills, how judges can be more effective, and whether the jury process should be changed. Guidelines are based on existing literature as well as extensive surveys, interviews, observations, and diaries of over 900 participants. This book should be of interest to students and professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interior, industrial and graphic design.

Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession
ISBN: 0252026411

University of Illinois Press. 2001

Providing hard data for trends that many perceive only vaguely and some deny altogether, Designing for Diversity reveals a profession rife with gender and racial discrimination and examines the aspects of architectural practice that hinder or support the full participation of women and persons of color.

Drawing on interviews and surveys of hundreds of architects, Kathryn H. Anthony outlines some of the forms of discrimination that recur most frequently in architecture: being offered added responsibility without a commensurate rise in position, salary, or credit not being allowed to engage in client contact, field experience, or construction supervision and being confined to certain kinds of positions, typically interior design for women, government work for African Americans, and computer-aided design for Asian American architects.

Anthony discusses the profession's attitude toward flexible schedules, part-time contracts, and the demands of family and identifies strategies that have helped underrepresented individuals advance in the profession, especially establishing a strong relationship with a mentor. She also observes a strong tendency for underrepresented architects to leave mainstream practice, either establishing their own firms, going into government or corporate work, or abandoning the field altogether.

Given the traditional mismatch between diverse consumers and predominantly white male producers of the built environment, plus the shifting population balance toward communities of color, Anthony contends that the architectural profession staves off true diversity at its own peril. Designing for Diversity argues convincingly that improving the climate for nontraditional architects will do much to strengthen architecture as a profession. Practicing architects, managers of firms, and educators will learn how to create conditions more welcoming to a diversity of users as well as designers of the built environment.

Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places
ISBN: 1633882837

Prometheus Books. 2017

This wide-ranging overview of design in everyday life demonstrates how design shapes our lives in ways most of us would never imagine. The author, a leading expert in social and psychological issues in design, uncovers the gender, age, and body biases inherent in the designs of common products and living spaces that we all routinely use. From the schools our children attend and the buildings we work in to ill-fitting clothes and one-size-fits-all seating in public transportation, restaurants, and movie theaters, we are surrounded by an artificial environment that can affect our comfort, our self-image, and even our health.

Anthony points out the flaws and disadvantages of certain fashions, children's toys, high-tech gadgets, packaging, public transportation, public restrooms, neighborhood layouts, classrooms, workplaces, hospitals, and more. In an increasingly diverse populace where many body types, age groups, and cultures interact, she argues that it's time our environments caught up.

This fascinating book--full of aha moments--will teach readers to recognize the hidden biases in certain products and places and to work for more intelligent and healthy design in all areas of life.



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