PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
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.
What next for Parlour?

What next for Parlour?

The research funding that led to Parlour is now finished, but there is still much work to do. We'd appreciate your input as we consider how to fund ongoing work and advocacy so we can make the most of the significant momentum we have built so far. 
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour is delighted to launch the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice. The Guides have been developed to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.
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The equity interviews: Ross Clark

The equity interviews: Ross Clark

Michael Smith interviews Ross Clark in his final Leading Towards Gender Equity interview.
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.
Part-time architect/urban planner wanted, Melbourne

Part-time architect/urban planner wanted, Melbourne

Scape Architecture and Urban Design is looking for an experienced part-time architect/urban planner to work in a flexible, friendly practice. A position is available for a new member to join Scape’s close-knit team in South Yarra. The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking design review of residential development applications...
Part-time, flexible job in Melbourne

Part-time, flexible job in Melbourne

Co-Lab is looking for a part-time employee to work with them to design and document small multi-unit residential projects. The employee needs to be able to produce this documentation using Archicad 15 within a team but be able to operate with little assistance/supervision. The hours are flexible and the position could...
Ailsa Trundle

Ailsa Trundle

Janice Chandler remembers the career of Ailsa Trundle, one of Australia’s remarkable early women architects and one of the first to become a full partner in an architectural practice. Ailsa Merle Trundle was born on August 9, 1916 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. In 1933 her banker father, Joseph Trundle (1886...
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...
The equity interviews: David Parken

The equity interviews: David Parken

Michael Smith interviews David Parken in the fourth 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 4: David Parken and the Red & Black Architect Leading Towards Gender Equity is a four-part...
The equity interviews: David Karotkin

The equity interviews: David Karotkin

Michael Smith interviews David Karotkin in the third 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 3: David Karotkin and the Red & Black Architect Leading Towards Gender Equity is a four-part...
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.
Where to next?

Where to next?

What is an architectural career anyway? Sara Stace describes the twists and turns she has taken so far.
Updating the numbers, part 3: Institute membership

Updating the numbers, part 3: Institute membership

Gill Matthewson does the numbers on membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Updating the numbers, part 1: at school

Updating the numbers, part 1: at school

Gill Matthewson updates our statistical knowledge of women's participation in Australian architecture, starting with the state of play in architecture schools.
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.
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.
Disciplining Identities

Disciplining Identities

How can we challenge the ways that architecture represents and perpetuate certain gendered identities? How might we broaden the discipline and the profession? Lori Brown draws on initiatives in other fields to suggest approaches for architecture.
Unsung heroes

Unsung heroes

The next offering from the DADo Film Society is Unsung Heroes, a set of four short films, three of which look at women in architecture and one at studio education. Introduced by Parlour editor Justine Clark, the event includes the Australian premier of ‘A Girl is a Fellow Here’. Unsung...
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