MoMoWo Symposium 2018

Ewing, S. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Abstract and paper accepted- full paper submitted 31 January 2018

Making (Hi)stories of women in Scottish Architecture

Abstract: Motivated by a lack of experiential (hi)stories of architectural practice, and with ambition to steward disciplinary stories, the Voices of Experience project constructs a series of conversations between a highly experienced architect and a professional at the outset of their career. The project is starting to build an audio archive with Glasgow Women’s Library, UK of experiences of working in the design of the built environment in late twentieth century Scotland. The Dictionary of Scottish Architects (1840-1980) is currently the main dedicated historical source. Under 5% of entries are on women, often fleeting, inconclusive and anecdotal. Through oral documentation, the VoE project aims to deepen and extend methodological exploration of the archive of architecture, through the listening, editing and presenting of site-based conversations as audio-archive, transcript and public conversation, offering a hybrid mode for researching and communicating the practice-based and relational knowledge of architecture. The paper reflects on the project’s documentation methodologies in the context of existing sources and oral history traditions and conventions. It outlines some consequent limits and potentials of interpretation and access which informs the design of this research.
Period13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018
Event typeConference
LocationTurin, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Oral history
  • conversation
  • Scottish Architects
  • audio-archive
  • research methodology