JANUARY 2021 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Julia McMorrough
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English (some German and some French)
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: White
Favorite Food: Chocolate cake
What are other identities that you would like to share? Mom
Favorite book and why: My favorite type of book is the compendium – almanacs, etiquette books, miscellany, illustrated histories, how-to’s, anthologies, compilations – and the joy of getting caught up in the curated chaos of new information.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Designing things nobody asked for and binge-watching tv shows with my husband and sons.
I love the optimism of design! In teaching, I work to bring to the forefront thinking about accessibility and barrier-free design that is sensitive to the range of human abilities, and the opportunities for accessible architecture to lead the way in becoming more, and not less, inventive. ‘Accessible’ means many things, including being ‘friendly and easy to talk to,’ and I believe that the manner in which we communicate design ideas is integral to increasing the inclusivity of those ideas.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Regardless of who we are or where we are, humanity’s shared responsibility is to each other. Growing up in a multi-ethnic family (with sisters and brothers adopted from all over the world) made me sensitive to my own evolving understanding of diversity, underscored by the idea that inclusion is not about asking others to ‘fit in’ to established conventions, but about embracing the power of difference in creating shared environments.