2014 National Landscape Architecture Award: National President’s Award

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WA Women in Landscape Architecture by Greg Grabasch UDLA.

WA Women in Landscape Architecture by Greg Grabasch UDLA. Image: Art in Process

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Marion Blackwell, one of the women featured in WA Women in Landscape Architecture by Greg Grabasch UDLA.

Marion Blackwell, one of the women featured in WA Women in Landscape Architecture by Greg Grabasch UDLA.

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Vanessa Margetts (far left). Field survey reviewing Yawuru habitats and seasons.

Vanessa Margetts (far left). Field survey reviewing Yawuru habitats and seasons. Image: Dean Matthews

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Day of filming in the office.

Day of filming in the office. Image: Art in Process

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2014 National Landscape Architecture Award: National President's Award

 

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2014 National President's Award
WA Women in Landscape Architecture
Greg Grabasch UDLA

Jury comment

This short film by Greg Grabasch is based on informal interviews with West Australian women working in landscape architecture. The idea arose from a debate at a National Council meeting over whether there should be an Institute award specifically for women. This morphed into the question of whether there are other ways the profession could better support women and address potential gender imbalances, prompting the questioning of women themselves about these topics.

The film is a passionate portrayal of women in the profession and their sense of shared responsibility and empathy for their community of practice. It challenges the profession to develop engagement and practice models that are more inclusive and nurturing of women while providing an historical record of their views in an era of growth and change.

This award recognizes Greg’s generosity of spirit in initiating and funding the film and also his deep commitment to understanding some of the preconceptions and therefore untangling some of the issues facing women in contemporary practice. We commend the film and its insights to the profession as a whole.

Watch the film and interviews here.


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