Shaping Public Design Discourse

A licensed architect, critic and historian, Lawrence is an Assistant Professor of Design at the School of Architecture at Northeastern. At Northeastern she teaches the graduate research studio, the undergraduate theory course, as well as 20th Century and World Architecture.

Lawrence is a founding co-editor of the award-winning journal, PRAXIS, the only non-commercial architectural publication of contemporary American architecture. An active member of the Boston architectural community, she is currently on the Board of the Boston Society of Architects and Vice-President of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. In the Fall of 2009 she organized the conference “Infrastructure and the Future: Assessing the Architects Role,” attended by nearly 20 leading engineers, planners, and architects.


Lawrence’s research focuses on a close reading of architectural form—both contemporary and historical—with a particular interest in theorizing the role of influence and architectural typology.

Her current research focuses on the British architect James Stirling (1924-92), and she is developing a manuscript for Yale University Press, “The Revisionary Modernism of James Stirling,” to be published in the Fall of 2012. Her research has been funded by the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art and the Graduate Society at Harvard University.

As coeditor of PRAXIS she frequently speaks on contemporary architectural practice and on the role of architectural media in framing current discourse, including at the recent “Architecture in Public” event organized by the Buell Center for American Architecture at Columbia University. In conjunction with the upcoming issue of PRAXIS, “11 Architects/12 Conversations,” (Summer 2010) Lawrence will cohost a symposium at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA in New York.