Prof. Sarah McGann on PIVOT.
An architect, a lawyer and an accountant walk into a bar. The bartender looks at the three women and says, so, who’s in charge here?
Reflecting on my pivoting career—as architect/educator/researcher/leader—I return to the opening lines of my recent book chapter in Visual Spatial Enquiry, (Creagh and McGann 2019). An important pivot-point for me has been to question who is ‘in charge’ of our built environment and where the role of responsible stewardship and strategic decision-making sits. I am convinced that building design, good and bad, has a causal effect on the social patterns of the people that live, work and occupy, or are excluded from, our built environments. Looking back, and projecting forward, the pivot upon which I rest and turn is the strategic agility and critical thinking first fostered in my architectural education and now employed in research and leadership.
Prof. Sarah McGann is Dean, School of Arts & Sciences at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.
Her musings on the word Pivot appeared in issue 00 of The Fulcrum Agency’s journal.