This conversation with Stéphanie Dadour evolves around her doctoral dissertation that studies architectural theory and practice in the end of 20th-century North America. We explore a particular chapter of this dissertation to continue a series started with Olivia Ahn and Karen Tongson, about the gendered spatial paradigm constituted by the American suburbia. Citing the works of Mary McLeod, Beatriz Colomina, Joel Sanders and other feminist/queer thinkers and architects, we address architectural elements proper to this paradigm, such as the lawn, the curtain, or the window as instances of gendered apparatuses. We conclude the conversation by examining anthropometric studies, as well as problematize a discourse that would only consist in arguing for more inclusiveness in these studies, rather than rethinking their normative violence altogether.
Stéphanie Dadour is Maitre-assistant associé at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais. She holds a Doctorate in Architecture; her thesis dissertation entitled From Decentering concepts to pragmatism: the question of identity in domestic space (North-America, 1988-2008) deals with various themes such as the divide between theory and practice, the representations of identity politics and architecture as a domain of cultural representation. She has been teaching in many universities in between Montreal, Paris and Beirut. She has been awarded fellowships from the FQRSC and the Centre Pompidou, as much as covering a Visiting Scholar position at Columbia University in New York.