One of the core values of Verity Campbell Communications is activism; another is learning. In March 2017 we had the opportunity to combine these, and participated in Parlour’s WikiD editing event series.

Parlour and their international WikiD partners, n-ails (Germany) and Architexx (United States), call on participants to add women to the architectural records pages on Wikipedia. Women play an equal role in Australia’s design history, and WikiD aims to ensure they are equally represented in the online archives of our built environment.

So far, this initiative has seen over 200 women worldwide added to Wikipedia, with entries detailing their projects, contributions to the profession, and achievements.

“When we started there were 10 women on the Wikipedia list of Australian women architects, and there are now 72”, Justine Clark of Parlour tells us.

In the lead up to this great event last year, we noted that only one of the 11 people listed in the Australian landscape architect’s category was female so we decided to focus our WikiD entries on expanding the representation of women landscape architects. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) helped us rally suggestions from the land-arch community, and we made our first crowd-sourced addition to Wikipedia: Lady Jean Brodie-Hall, AM FAILA.

Jean was a founding member of AILA and served on the Institute’s federal council for 10 years, during which time she was also the Australian delegate to the International? Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). For the last two years of her term, she was President of AILA. Go Jean!

We now have two Australian female landscape architects listed on Wikipedia, but we’d like to keep the momentum going.

Given our director’s background (did you know Verity is a graduate landscape architect herself?) we’re focusing within the landscape field. Our aim is to progress our additions over time to span broader built environment categories.

Our goal is to add a female landscape architect to Wikipedia each quarter, and we’re working with landscape practices to research, write, and add the entries. In doing this we hope to encourage others to add their own entries and to give recognition to the women who have shaped our built environment.

We’ll be sharing our next wiki addition in the new year; can you guess who it might be? Join us on Instagram and LinkedIn to find out, and stay up to date with #VCC.

Watch Lady Jean Brodie-Hall and 19 others discuss the changing role of women in landscape architecture, in a film by Greg Grabasch and Bello Benischauer.