T-Square and a Dress

Artist: 
Haron Robson & IA Design: Jenny Oxley (Australia) / Josh Webb (Australia) /  Raquel Chiusoli (Australia) / Greg Reardon (Australia)

Collaborators:

Automated Controls (Australia) / Epson (Australia) / Australian Scaffolding (Australia) / BE Productions (Australia) / BG&E Engineers (Australia)                                                                          

T-Square and a dress is intended to create familiarity and awareness of the female influence on our built environment. The installation covers a little history in an ingenious and playful way; first drawing on various architectural structures dating from the nineteenth century when Australian women’s contributions to architecture was mostly through background influence or by commissioning buildings.

It then introduces us to some of Australia’s first qualified female architects: Florence Taylor (1879–1969), Ruth Alsop (1879–1976) and the astounding Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961) who, with her husband Walter Burley Griffin, created the vision for Australia’s new capital, Canberra.

From there the display moves through to the mid-twentieth century, when there were many females in practice, often as part of husband-and-wife teams. It concludes with examples of Australian women architects who currently excel in the field.

The fascinating narrative of this work also highlights the continuing struggle experienced by women in the field and the need to tackle long-ingrained attitudes and stigmas associated with women in construction industries.

Country represented by installation: Australia