PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
wikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design

wikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design

We are delighted to announce that we have received seed funding from the Wikimedia Foundation for a joint project between Parlour, Architexx (New York) and n-ails (Berlin) to increase the representation of women architects on Wikipedia.
Help support Parlour

Help support Parlour

To continue our work, Parlour needs your support. We need assistance from sponsors, donors and supporters – like-minded organisations, business and individuals who value our work and its results.
The next step ...

The next step …

Parlour's crowd-funding campaign is now live. Please support us and help spread the word!
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Sign up to Parlour to be kept informed on upcoming initiatives and to participate in the discussion.
Congratulations Kirsteen Mackay!

Congratulations Kirsteen Mackay!

Congratulations Kirsteen Mackay – South Australia’s next Government Architect.
Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism

Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism

Parlour is thrilled to have been awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards.
Women and Design in the Tropics

Women and Design in the Tropics

The next Designed in Cairns seminar is on Women and Design in the Tropics and the organisers are looking for one more speaker.
Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media

Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media

We are delighted to be awarded the 2015 National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media for the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice. The citation reads as follows: The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice is a comprehensive resource providing guidance for the architecture profession in issues regarding equality. Parlour...
Send us your Portrait of Practice!

Send us your Portrait of Practice!

Be part of Parlour's first exhibition – send us your Portrait of Practice.
Feminism & architecture: women, architecture & academia

Feminism & architecture: women, architecture & academia

A one-day symposium aims to develop and share strategies for empowering women academics and students.
Parlour plans

Parlour plans

There is much work to be done and Parlour has big plans. Work and projects to come include: Marion’s List We need never again hear the excuse ”we asked one woman, but she couldn’t come“. Marion’s List, a public register of the women of Australian architecture, will be launched mid-2015....
Portraits of Practice

Portraits of Practice

Parlour is delighted to announce ‘Portraits of Practice: At work in architecture’, an exhibition at the Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney.
Parlour : Inc launch in pictures

Parlour : Inc launch in pictures

The Parlour Inc launch was a fantastic, positive event full of ambition for a more equitable and robust profession.
Parlour + the NCGE

Parlour + the NCGE

“I’ve lost my cynicism!” Speaking at the launch of Parlour Inc, Emma Williamson described her work with the National Committee for Gender Equity, and announced that the Institute of Architects has become Parlour’s inaugural Major Sponsor.
National Committee for Gender Equity

National Committee for Gender Equity

The National Committee for Gender Equity is responsible for ensuring that the Australian Institute of Architects policy has an effect.
Women in Architecture

Women in Architecture

Parlour is delighted to be participating in the Women in Architecture seminar in Valencia.
Part-time, flexible job opportunity

Part-time, flexible job opportunity

Project 12 Architecture is looking for a part-time employee to work with them to document a new residential project.
Champions of Change – the charter

Champions of Change – the charter

The first Champions of Change in architecture have now signed the charter. Congratulations to the Gender Equity Taskforce on establishing the program, and to the first signatories on stepping up to the challenge.
Wikipedia and women in architecture

Wikipedia and women in architecture

The Women. Wikipedia. Design was a great success, with twenty new entries from Australia. An overview of work to date and plans for the future.
How to be 'notable'

How to be ‘notable’

Writing Wikipedia entries lead Tania Davidge to consider the concept 'notability', how it is constructed and what it means for women in architecture.
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.
get: GOING – Male Champions of Change

get: GOING – Male Champions of Change

Its time to fix the men – Andrew Nimmo reports on the launch of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Male Champions of Change program.
The challenge of changing culture

The challenge of changing culture

Monica Edwards and Natalie Lane-Rose speak with Arup CEO Peter Bailey about his role as a Champion of Change – a visible advocate for diversity in practice.
A look behind the drapes – auditing Redshift’s equity practice

A look behind the drapes – auditing Redshift’s equity practice

Michael Lewarne reports on Redshift Architecture's equity audit – and challenges other offices to conduct similar workplace equity audits and publish the results.
Black feminism & the archi-sphere

Black feminism & the archi-sphere

Linda Kennedy has generously allowed us to republish her reflections on gender, architecture and Aboriginality, first posted on her blog Future Black.
The business case for gender equity

The business case for gender equity

Michael Smith outlines the advantages of gender equity for the business of architecture.
Women. Wikipedia. Design – Australia

Women. Wikipedia. Design – Australia

Get involved with the Women. Wikipedia. Design initiative and help increase in the numbers of women in the Australian built environment represented on Wikipedia.
Gender equity in architecture: What can we do?

Gender equity in architecture: What can we do?

So, now that we have the research, what do we do? Naomi Stead and Justine Clark outline the programs and tools for a more equitable profession.
How do we compare to other professions?

How do we compare to other professions?

Dr Amanda Roan and Professor Gillian Whitehouse reveal a clear disparity between women's participation in architecture as compared with other professions.
Does motherhood + architecture = no career?

Does motherhood + architecture = no career?

Sandra Kaji O’Grady examines the ‘proverbial elephant in the room’: the impact of children on women’s architecture careers.
On being an architect and a dad

On being an architect and a dad

Warwick Mihaly reflects on architecture and fatherhood.
The state of gender equity in Australian Architecture

The state of gender equity in Australian Architecture

The research is in. Naomi Stead reports on the outcomes of the three-year Equity and Diversity research project for the AA Dossier.
Who counts?

Who counts?

Numbers provide one important indicator of the  current shape of the profession. Gill Matthewson explains where we are at in a piece originally published in the AA Dossier on Gender Equity. It is not easy to quantify exactly who works in architecture, or how they work. Figure 1 (above) represents the...
Not just a “women’s problem”

Not just a “women’s problem”

With long hours, low pay and rigid schedules, is architecture's workplace culture sustainable for anyone? Julie Willis analyses some of the discursive responses to the Parlour surveys.
Where do all the women go?

Where do all the women go?

Justine Clark provides a short overview of the results of Parlour surveys Where Do All the Women Go? and "And What About the Men?", first published in the AA Dossier on Gender Equity.
Why do women leave?

Why do women leave?

In the second of three pieces on the Parlour surveys, published in the AA Dossier, Karen Burns examines the responses to understand why women leave the profession. The Parlour surveys asked people who considered they had left the architecture profession why they had departed. Women’s open-ended responses to this question uncovered...
The advantages of being a woman architect?

The advantages of being a woman architect?

Let's make an architectural counterpart to the Guerrilla Girls' great poster.
Munro Diversity Award

Munro Diversity Award

We are delighted to announce that Justine Clark and Gill Matthewson have been awarded the inaugural Munro Diversity Award for their work on Parlour.
Six myths about women and architecture

Six myths about women and architecture

Debunking the myths - Justine Clark's presentation to Making, the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference.
An interview with Angela Dapper

An interview with Angela Dapper

Expat Australian architect Angela Dapper, project architect for the Stonehenge Visitors Centre, was recently nominated for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year. Esther Sughito interviews Angela about her career and life so far. Angela Dapper, an Australian expat from Adelaide, now lives in London with her husband and...
Disciplining Identities: Part 1

Disciplining Identities: Part 1

How can we challenge the ways that architecture represents and perpetuate certain gendered identities? In Part 1 of her essay Lori Brown explores architecture own disciplining methods within the broader social and political contexts.
Disciplining Identities: Part 2 – Models for change

Disciplining Identities: Part 2 – Models for change

What actions can we take to reshape our discipline? Part two of Lori Brown's essay outlines four case studies from other disciplines.
Feminism and architecture part 1: Feminist contributions

Feminism and architecture part 1: Feminist contributions

Feminism has had a powerful, longstanding influence on the development of architecture and urban design, although this is rarely acknowledged. Part 1 of Susana Torre’s lecture, Feminism and Architecture, explores the legacy.
Feminism and architecture part 2: Tokenism

Feminism and architecture part 2: Tokenism

Why do some successful women decline to be associated with feminism Part 2 of Susana Torre’s lecture, Feminism and Architecture, explores how tokenism works in architecture and elsewhere.
Feminism and architecture part 3: Where to next?

Feminism and architecture part 3: Where to next?

What are the new agendas for feminism and architecture? In part 3 of her lecture Susana Torre outlines what we might do next.
The Elephant in our Parlour: everyday sexism in architecture

The Elephant in our Parlour: everyday sexism in architecture

It is time to start talking about everyday sexism in architecture – the elephant in the Parlour. Karen Burns leads the way.
Meet Emma Williamson

Meet Emma Williamson

Emma Williamson, chair of the new Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Committee introduces herself and outlines the committee's plans.
The equity interviews: Ross Clark

The equity interviews: Ross Clark

Michael Smith interviews Ross Clark in his final Leading Towards Gender Equity interview.
The equity interviews: Shelley Penn

The equity interviews: Shelley Penn

Michael Smith is a member of the newly formed Australian Institute of Architects National Committee on Gender Equity. In preparing for this new role he has interviewed four key figures within the Institute about gender equity. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent...
The equity interviews:  Paul Berkemeier

The equity interviews: Paul Berkemeier

Michael Smith interviews Paul Berkemeier in the second of his Leading Towards Gender Equity series. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent blog, The Red and Black Architect. Interview 2: Paul Berkemeier and the Red & Black Architect With the completion of the ARC-funded research...
Why working for free is not OK.

Why working for free is not OK.

What are the costs of unpaid staff? Warwick Mihaly considers the complicated issue of unpaid internships and argues that the profession simply cannot afford it.
Gender, genius and the Pritzker Prize

Gender, genius and the Pritzker Prize

Hilde Heynen's essay "Genius, Gender and Architecture: The Star System as Exemplified in the Pritzker Prize" is now out from behind the paywall.
Updating the numbers, part 2: at work

Updating the numbers, part 2: at work

An update on the statistics – measuring women's involvement in practice and the profession.
The graduate gender pay gap part 1 – what do the numbers mean?

The graduate gender pay gap part 1 – what do the numbers mean?

What does the 17% graduate gender pay gap in architecture and building mean? Justine Clark teases out the numbers and the issues.
Against work-life balance

Against work-life balance

Amanda Kolson Hurley argues that it is time to talk bluntly about women and money.
Who wants to be a Woman Architect?

Who wants to be a Woman Architect?

We all want to be valued for the quality of our work, not framed by the fact of our gender. Karen Burns reflects on the complex interactions between culture and individual agency.
A Parlour soirée

A Parlour soirée

Parlour, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Architects invite you to help launch Parlour's next phase.
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