Oasis Magazine - Cairns & Tropical North Queensland Issue 19 - Aug|Sep 2017 | Page 60

Designing WOMEN Words | Shaneen Fantin Images | Stella Adams Photography Have you ever admired the space and the view at Bluewater, relaxed in the outdoor spaces at Wharf 1 or Munro Martin Parklands, moved seamlessly through the Cairns Base Hospital, or appreciated the design of the new classroom or library at your child’s school? Have you ever thought about these places and considered the light, the colour, the space and materials, and how the view is captured? If you have noticed these spaces and their qualities, then you should thank one of the many female architects in Cairns who are smashing glass ceilings in their field. Australia’s reputation for quality architecture and design, like gourmet food, is growing rapidly around the world. Australia is currently dominating the World Architecture Awards with 30 entries being shortlisted from a total of 43, and public interest in architecture is rising. There is also a new television series Australia by Design which started in July and presents viewers with real projects of different types WOMEN DIRECTORS OF CAIRNS ARCHITECTURE FIRMS: 1 Nicole Ewing | NEArchitecture PROJECTS: Assisted Total Project Group on the School of Arts, Upolu House (Clifton Beach), and Leonard House (Kewarra Beach). ENJOYS: AFL and making furniture. 1 3 2 Alanna Coburn | Coburn Architecture PROJECTS: The Bluewater (Bar and Function Centre), Cairns Private Hospital Redevelopment, and St Monica’s College Redevelopment. ENJOYS: mountain biking, playing piano and writing. 3 Belinda Allwood | POD (People Oriented Design) PROJECTS: Synapse Supported Accommodation project (Manunda), The Big Small House (Palm Cove) and Toomelah Multipurpose Facility (NSW). ENJOYS: Belinda is studying a Master of Landscape Architecture, enjoys walking her dog and making fine furniture. 4 Nancy Lau | Nancy Lau Architect PROJECTS: Nancy has worked extensively with Indigenous people on projects in Queensland and the Northern Territory, including applying her design skills and reinterpreting them to indigenous welfare reform service delivery programs. ENJOYS: Photography & Tennis (In 2006, Nancy unintentionally debuted with an official Australian tennis ranking of 468.) 5 Julianne Field | Julianne McAlloon Architects PROJECTS: The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, Trinity Beach State School, Senior Learning Centre and a range of award winning residences including the O’Shea House, and The Peak House. ENJOYS: art, trekking, mentoring, reading and cooking. 60 | w w w. o a s i s m a g a z i n e . c o m . a u 4 2