Tess is a graduate of architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne, and is currently working on the University of Melbourne New Student Precinct at Lyons Architects.
In 2017 she received the ‘Peter Corrigan Memorial Medal’ for her major project titled “Beat the Clock: Tales of an Urban Centrelink”, a prize awarded to the project that is most critical and politically and culturally engaged. It is given to a student with a strong independent vision in honour of Professor Peter Corrigan who taught successive generations of architects in the RMIT Architecture programs for over 40 years.
Prior to completing her studies in architecture, Tess graduated from Monash University with a B.A in Politics, and thus she continues to interrogate the intersection of research, policy and narrative within the context of the modern city.
Throughout 2018, Tess assumed the role of co-curator of PROCESS, a monthly independent talk series on architecture and design aimed at creatives, students, architects, emerging and established professionals.
As a design tutor at RMIT University, Tess continues to explore design that is a direct response to the political, social and ideological context of today’s policies.
P.s. It’s pronounced O’Mara