Modern Melbourne Series - Phyllis Murphy

Interviews with some of Melbourne's most important architects and designers. In this interview, we speak with Phyllis Murphy.

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Modern Melbourne Series

Interviews with some of Melbourne's most important architects and designers.


Duration
37 minutes

Modern Melbourne is a series of filmed interviews and rich archival material that documents the extraordinary lives and careers of some of our most important architects and designers including Peter McIntyre, Mary Featherston, Daryl Jackson, Graeme Gunn, Phyllis Murphy and Allan Powell.

Phyllis Murphy was one of two female graduates of architecture in 1949 at the University of Melbourne.

She launched a practice with her husband John Murphy and the firm quickly became known for its interpretation of modernist design.

In 1952, the couple joined forces with Kevin Borland, Peter McIntyre, and engineer Bill Irwin to design the Melbourne Olympic Swimming Stadium.

The Murphy practice was also instrumental in setting up the National Trust in Victoria, and Phyllis is now recognised for her collection of and expertise in Victorian-era wallpaper.

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