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DADo Session #4: Unsung Heroes

The latest session of the DADo Film Society is a short series entitled, 'Unsung Heroes'


Guest speaker: Justine Clark, editor, writer, researcher, advocate and critic

#1 Archiculture, 2013, 25.34mins, Dir. David Krantz and Ian Harris

‘Archiculture’ takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialogue around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create.

#2 Arab Women In Architecture: Introduction, Studying Architecture and Teaching Architecture, 2013, 11.35 mins, Omrania | CSBE Student Award

#3 Arab Women in Architecture: Final Thoughts, 2013, 6:08 mins, Omrania | CSBE Student Award

These two stand alone segments of a 56 minute documentary film feature interviews with Arab architects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia. It explores the subject of the practice of architecture by Arab women architects and features stories on their experiences, challenges, and achievements.

#4 ‘A Girl is a Fellow Here’: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, 2012, 19mins, produced by The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, written and directed by Beverly Willis, FAIA

Over 100 women architects, designers and artisans worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, often described as America’s greatest architect. Many of them went on to have remarkable careers of their own. Through their work and their own words, the film reveals what they gleaned from Wright and where they departed from his model. Under Wright’s guidance, from Oak Park in Wisconsin to Taliesin in Arizona, they learned their craft and honed their ideas, split wood and laid shingles, dreamed, drew and designed. After they left Wright’s studio, they created thousands of projects across the country.

Although Frank Lloyd Wright’s virtually unknown legacy, their practice provides a legacy for all women working in architecture today. Film features architects Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Jane Duncombe, Lois Davidson Gottlieb, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber.

The film is presented courtesy of The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF).

About Justine Clark 

She is an award winning independent architectural editor, writer, researcher, advocate and critic. Clarke edited ‘Architecture Australia’, the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects from 2003 to early 2011.  Justine is currently involved in the ARC-funded research project ‘Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work, and Leadership’, led by Dr Naomi Stead.

She regularly speaks on architectural matters, serves on juries for prizes and competitions both nationally and internationally, has designed and curated architectural exhibitions and published various books and book chapters.

This session is sponsored by the Melbourne School of Design (MSD) at The University of Melbourne.
DADo season 2014 is sponsored by Thames & Hudson and supported by Avenue Bookstore.

All images courtesy of DADo Film Society.


July 23, 2014


DADo Film Society
Melbourne, VIC Australia


DADo Film Society

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