Salon on Architecture and Activism

Join us Monday, November 20 for an evening of conversation on architecture and activism featuring a stellar list of presenters!


Join us in Pittsburgh’s North Side for an evening of conversation on architecture and activism fueled by short presentations and provocations (and a little BYOB)! 

Our presenters and topics include: 
Karen Kubey on Architecture for Health
Sarah Rafson on Activism and Amnesia
Stefan Gruber on Tactical Urbanism
Plus additional presentations by Nida Rehman and Michele Fanzo 

The Details: 
When: Monday, November 20, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: NaVusHouse, 1515 Boyle St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Who: You + our stellar presenters
What else: Light fare, BYOB

RSVP here, as space is limited! 

A bit about our speakers:
Karen Kubey
Karen Kubey is an urbanist specializing in housing and health. She was the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture and co-founded both New Housing New York and the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter (now Open Architecture/New York). 

Sarah Rafson
Sarah Rafson is a writer, editor, researcher, and curator who focuses on activism in art, architecture, and design. In 2016, she founded Point Line Projects, an editorial and curatorial agency. She is the 2017 Ann Kalla Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. 

Stefan Gruber
Stefan Gruber is the Lucian and Rita Caste Assistant Professor and chair of the Master of Urban Design Program at Carnegie Mellon University. STUDIOGRUBER’s work spans design-built projects, urbanism and research with a particular focus on spatial practices and the political as articulated through the negotiation of top-down planning and bottom-up transformations of cities. 

Michelle Fanzo
Michelle is the Executive Director of AIA Pittsburgh and comes to the position with an accomplished background in public policy, international affairs and journalism. She spent nearly two decades working with the United Nations and non-profits to find ways to improve peoples’ lives. 

NavusHouse is a residence in the Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, built and designed to host guests and gatherings. We are especially interested in providing space for workshops, seminars, parties, short to medium-length residencies, and other creative social experiences for international visitors, newcomers to the Pittsburgh area, and local residents alike.