Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Professor Kathryn Anthony, our longest-serving female faculty member, has just completed her 33rd year at the Illinois School of Architecture and is the author of a new book, ten years in the making, "Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places" (Prometheus Books, 2017). 

In Defined by Design, she discusses hidden biases in fashion, product and building design that advantage or disadvantage certain groups of people over others. From designs of 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. The book is intended for a general audience and has sparked publicity in The Boston Globe, Toronto Star, and elsewhere.

For more info about Defined by Design:  http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/552120/defined-by-design-by-kathryn-h-anthony/9781633882836/

https://illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/481228

For more info about recent media interviews and other publications see Professor Anthony’s  websites:   

www.arch.illinois.edu/faculty/kathryn-h-anthony-phd

https://kathryn-anthony.com