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WA Women in Landscape Architecture
Location: Fremantle, WA
Collaborators: Art in Process
The short film ‘WA Women in Landscape Architecture’ was formed from a series of informal interviews with 25 WA women working in the profession of Landscape Architecture, hosted by Greg Grabasch (FAILA and Principal Director of UDLA).
The idea to create a film arose from a discussion in mid-2011 at an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Council meeting in Canberra around the merits of a potential AILA Women in Landscape Architecture Award. These interviews, and the resulting film, were realised as part of an initial casual and fun investigation into the topic. They were informal and allowed for a time of sharing and fellowship.
Since the premiere screening in WA, this film has been shown at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards in Brisbane in 2014, and as a part of discussion on Women in Design at Adelaide’s Festival of Design (FAD) in 2015, as well as being the recipient of both state and national awards.
The WA women featured in this film are Marion Blackwell, Lady Jean Brodie-Hall, Helen Whitbread, Fiona Hurse, Barbara Kletnieks, Sara Kjaersgaard, Marion Fredriksson, Peta-Maree Ashford, Emily Parsons, Anna Chauvel, Tinka Sack, Zoe Williamson, Alexandra Farrington, Ailsa Grieve, Eve Mclachlan, Rhian Thomas, Jessica Ledger, Susan Stevens and Karen Lancaster, as well as UDLA Landscape Architects Rosie Halsmith, Bindi House, Vanessa Margetts, Anna Lupton, Sarah May and Christie Stewart.
- A forum to address important issues around gender representation in the profession of Landscape Architecture through discussion;
- The collection and documentation of stories of women in the profession, including women who have played an instrumental role in establishing the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Landscape Architectural education in WA; and
- The collation of these ideas to film, an ideal medium for widespread communication.
- 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) – National President’s Award
- 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects WA (AILA WA) – Merit Award for Research and Communication