Interview Ruth Morrow

In this short interview, Ruth Morrow gives her testimonial about the feminist pedagogy at SSoA, the approach at the time she was teaching there, her memories, and the legacy it had in her career. Particularly, she tells us about Building Clouds Drifting Walls, the experimental design studio that she led at SSoA and its influence on the feminist agenda. Towards the end of the interview, she also talks about how a feminist school would look like and the main impacts of the feminist pedagogy in students’ future practice.

Ruth Morrow is known for her contribution to architectural education and research, across the UK, Ireland and internationally, through her teaching, writing and projects. Her research covers engaged spatial practices, street-level pedagogies and innovative material practice; is largely practice-based and design-led; and always in collaboration with a range of disciplines. She has led innovative Design Studios in community contexts and Award-winning Material Practices that have commercialised patented technologies. Morrow’s work is defined by a drive towards social and ecological justice, and a willingness to critically engage with the default systems that envelop us. She taught at Sheffield School of Architecture between January 2000 and July 2003. She is currently Professor of Biological Architecture at Newcastle University.