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.
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Please join a stellar panel of architects – Stephanie Smith, Rachel Neeson, Camilla Block and Imogen Howe – discuss the future of practice. Moderated by Parlour's Justine Clark.
Watch the fabulous Karen Burns speak about Parlour with Jan Henderson of Architel. You can find the interview here.
As part of our Women, Wikipedia Design project we are seeking input from those who have already written Wikipedia entries on women in the built environment.
Margaret Skilbeck argues that Archicentre provides an important avenue for women to establish their own practices and thereby stay within the profession.
Listen to a great interview with Naomi Stead on Blueprints for Design, on Radio National.
Congratulations Kirsteen Mackay – South Australia’s next Government Architect.
Parlour is thrilled to have been awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards.
The next Designed in Cairns seminar is on Women and Design in the Tropics and the organisers are looking for one more speaker.
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...
Be part of Parlour's first exhibition – send us your Portrait of Practice.
A one-day symposium aims to develop and share strategies for empowering women academics and students.
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....
Parlour is delighted to announce ‘Portraits of Practice: At work in architecture’, an exhibition at the Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney.
The Parlour Inc launch was a fantastic, positive event full of ambition for a more equitable and robust profession.
“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.
The National Committee for Gender Equity is responsible for ensuring that the Australian Institute of Architects policy has an effect.
Parlour is delighted to be participating in the Women in Architecture seminar in Valencia.
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.
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.
Writing Wikipedia entries lead Tania Davidge to consider the concept 'notability', how it is constructed and what it means for women in architecture.
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.
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.
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.
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Michael Lewarne reports on Redshift Architecture's equity audit – and challenges other offices to conduct similar workplace equity audits and publish the results.
Michael Smith outlines the advantages of gender equity for the business of architecture.
Get involved with the Women. Wikipedia. Design initiative and help increase in the numbers of women in the Australian built environment represented on Wikipedia.
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.
Dr Amanda Roan and Professor Gillian Whitehouse reveal a clear disparity between women's participation in architecture as compared with other professions.
Sandra Kaji O’Grady examines the ‘proverbial elephant in the room’: the impact of children on women’s architecture careers.
Warwick Mihaly reflects on architecture and fatherhood.
The research is in. Naomi Stead reports on the outcomes of the three-year Equity and Diversity research project for the AA Dossier.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Let's make an architectural counterpart to the Guerrilla Girls' great poster.
We are delighted to announce that Justine Clark and Gill Matthewson have been awarded the inaugural Munro Diversity Award for their work on Parlour.
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...
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.
What actions can we take to reshape our discipline? Part two of Lori Brown's essay outlines four case studies from other disciplines.
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.
What are the new agendas for feminism and architecture? In part 3 of her lecture Susana Torre outlines what we might do next.
It is time to start talking about everyday sexism in architecture – the elephant in the Parlour. Karen Burns leads the way.
Emma Williamson, chair of the new Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Committee introduces herself and outlines the committee's plans.
Michael Smith interviews Ross Clark in his final Leading Towards Gender Equity interview.
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...
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...
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.
Hilde Heynen's essay "Genius, Gender and Architecture: The Star System as Exemplified in the Pritzker Prize" is now out from behind the paywall.
An update on the statistics – measuring women's involvement in practice and the profession.
What does the 17% graduate gender pay gap in architecture and building mean? Justine Clark teases out the numbers and the issues.
Amanda Kolson Hurley argues that it is time to talk bluntly about women and money.
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.