Marion’s List is a public register for the women and gender-diverse people of Australian architecture and the built environment disciplines. Marion’s List has two core functions:
- A resource for increasing diversity in our public culture
Marion’s List supports those looking for expert commentary or input or wanting to involve a wider range of people in talks, panels, juries, teaching, crits, writing and criticism and much more.
- A space to be seen
Marion’s List broadens the image of what an architect looks like and does, and introduces the myriad women and gender-diverse people active in the Australian built environment.
We need never again accept the excuse, “We asked a woman, but she wasn’t available”.
Marion’s List is named in honour of Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961), the trailblazing Chicago architect who made a substantial contribution to Australian architecture. Marion is celebrated by scholar Alice Friedman as a ‘builder of communities and connections’, a description that also perfectly encapsulates the work of Marion’s List.
Marion and her husband Walter Burley Griffin are best known for winning the 1911 international competition to design Australia’s new federal capital, known to us as Canberra. They embarked for Australia in 1914 and established an architectural practice in Melbourne and later Sydney. In Australia the Griffins pioneered experiments in domesticity, communal living, building production and native landscaping. While Marion has long been highly regarded as an architectural illustrator, twentieth-century historians struggled to describe her contributions to the Griffins’ practice and architectural thought. She was often overlooked or marginalised.
Marion faced many of the problems that continue to render women architects less visible in the public sphere; from misattribution of work, to the dominance of models of heroic, solo authorship, and the failure of many to see women as leaders. Australian historians led the way in recovering Marion’s contribution and seeing the Griffins’ anew as collaborators. Here at Parlour we have made our own contribution too – as part of WikiD Virginia Mannering has been progressively editing many Wikipedia articles to ensure that Marion’s contribution is acknowledged and recognised.
Marion’s List remembers Marion Mahony Griffin and provides a new public space for the women shaping the Australian built environment today!
Marion’s List was built by Peter Johns of Butterpaper, who has put in an enormous amount of work and thinking to make it happen – THANKS. The logo is by Catherine Griffiths of Studio Catherine Griffiths and Karen Burns coined the name. Marion’s List is run by Justine Clark.