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AA Dossier: The State of Gender Equity

AA Dossier: The State of Gender Equity

The AA Dossier in the September 2014 issue of Architecture Australia looked at the state of gender equity in architecture in Australia.
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.
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.
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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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.
Call for Interior Architecture Studio proposals

Call for Interior Architecture Studio proposals

The Interior Architecture program at Monash Art Design & Architecture is looking for sessional  teachers for 2015, to teach a studio related to their own practice and research and the broad theme of ‘media’. The Interior Architecture program at Monash Art Design & Architecture invites potential sessional staff to submit a...
Graduate architect wanted in Melbourne

Graduate architect wanted in Melbourne

Coy Yiontis Architects is seeking a graduate architect with 3 to 5 years experience for a full-time position commencing immediately.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Raising the Green Bar: Learning from nature

Raising the Green Bar: Learning from nature

Join Jane Toner and panellists in a discussion of architecture and biomimicry during MA|A – the Melbourne Architecture Annual.
Fee Proposal Workshop Series

Fee Proposal Workshop Series

Alexandra Howison and Blue Turtle invite you to participate in fee proposal workshops held around Australia.
Women in the dirt

Women in the dirt

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects invites you to attend a screening of "Woman in the Dirt", a film by Carolann Stoney about seven US landscape architects.
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