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

A wide range of people contribute to this site.

  • Alice Hampson
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  • Amanda Kolson Hurley
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    Amanda Kolson Hurley is a writer and environmental advocate in Washington, D.C. Her hybrid career has an acceptable ratio of earnings to hours worked.

  • Amanda Roan
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    Dr Amanda Roan is a senior lecturer in management at the University of Queensland, and is a Chief Investigator on the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership. She is interested in all aspect of women’s participation in the workforce but with an emphasis on women in management.

  • Andrew Maynard
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    Andrew Maynard is a Tasmanian architect living and working in Fitzroy Melbourne. www.maynardarchitects.com

  • Ann Lau
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    Ann Lau is an associate director at Hayball.

  • Anna Maskiell
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    Anna is a project architect at SKM-S2F and is a recipient of the 2012 Dulux Study Tour award. She has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne (2008) and a Bachelor of Design Studies at the University of Queensland. She now also teaches undergraduate architecture students at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

  • Annabel Lahz
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    Annabel Lahz is a director of lahznimmo architects.

  • Anne Cunningham
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    Anne Cunningham was in architectural practice from 1966 to 2006, primarily as a partner in a practice having two female partners and staff ranging from 0 to 10.

  • Antony Di Mase
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    Antony Di Mase is a practicing architect and post-graduate student in lighting design at Queensland University of Technology. Antony’s interests centre on the creative re-use of buildings, the art of day-lighting design and reclaiming public space in the urban environment. www.dimasearchitects.com.au

  • Belinda Grant
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  • Bronwen Jones
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  • Bronwyn Marshall
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    Bronwyn is an architect, who has recently relocated to New York city. She has worked in Melbourne and Adelaide for both medium and large firms. She has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Commerce also. She is heavily involved in humanitarian and need-based architecture.

  • Carla Corroto
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    Dr Carla Corroto is Professor of Sociology at Radford University, Virginia, in the United States. Her research includes diversity issues in architecture and she has taught architecture, urban design, and sociology courses.

  • Caroline Stalker
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  • Catherine Griffiths
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    Catherine Griffiths is a designer and typographer, recently moved to Auckland from Wellington. Her work spans 25 years of visual communications, self-published artist books, typography in public spaces, architecture and the landscape, and writing on design. Projects of note include the Wellington Writers Walk concrete text sculptures; wrapping a house in a Jenny Bornholdt poem; and AEIOU, a sculpture constructed of five vowels in steel, lightly stacked on a first level terrace in Wellington. In 2009, she co-organised TypeSHED11, New Zealand’s first-ever international typography symposium, and her latest installation is Sound Tracks, a visual sound test of the vowels currently on show at The Dowse Art Museum. Her final fling in Wellington was a wayfinding installation of letters on the hillside at Athfield Architects.

  • Catherine Petterson
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    Catherine Petterson is the Communications Director of the Diversity Council Australia.

  • Colleen Peterson
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  • Dani Martin
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    Dani is an Associate Director at EIW Architects. Over her 13 years at the practice she has developed experience in practice organisation and project management, and has broadened her knowledge in the design of educational facilities. Dani is also at the forefront of architectural discourse in Perth, undertaking organisational roles with the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the Australian Institute of Architects (through the WA Young Architects Committee MERGE) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Dani has a keen interest in low-cost environmentally sensitive design solutions, utilising common-sense solar design principles in non-residential buildings. Most recently, this resulted in the completion of a trio of small rammed earth and timber school buildings in Perth which do not require air-conditioning or heating, and utilise rainwater and solar power. A strong desire to continue learning has led Dani to participate in a number of research programmes, including the CEFPI Young Professionals Project in 2005 which investigated the benefits of lifelong learning in a developed Greenfield urban community. In 2009 and 2011, Dani continued this research with participation in the Mayfield Project, investigating the relevance of design and how it can influence occupants of public space.

  • Diana Griffiths
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    Diana has twenty years professional experience in urban design, masterplanning and architecture. With a degree in architecture and post-graduate qualifications in urban planning, she developed her expertise in urban design by working with skilled designers on projects in the UK and across Australia. Diana's work focuses on effectively integrating land use planning, urban form and active transport to create healthy, sustainable places. Her work aims to incorporate both hard infrastructure (the physical environment) and soft infrastructure (community engagement, policy and behavioural change). She is the current chair of PIA's Urban Design Chapter (NSW) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Healthy Built Environments Programme (HBEP). Diana leads Arup Australia's urban design team.

  • Eli Giannini
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    Eli Giannini is a director of McGauran Giannini Soon Architects (MGS). MGS is the sponsor of the inaugural “Monash Women in Architecture Scholarship” in 2012.

  • Elizabeth Watson Brown
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    Elizabeth Watson Brown is Design Director of Architectus, a position she took up recently following 21 years of directing Elizabeth Watson Brown Architects. Elizabeth’s work has been published widely and has received many significant architectural awards. Elizabeth participates actively in architectural and urban design discourse in many roles, including currently as a member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and as Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Elizabeth is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has been Queensland State Awards Director and National Awards Juror, as well as jury chair of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards.

  • Ella Leoncio
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    Ella Leoncio is a Melbourne-based architect and blogger. Her blog is Pages From My Moleskine http://www.pagesfrommymoleskine.com/

  • Emily Grandstaff-Rice
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    Emily Grandstaff-Rice is an associate at Cambridge Seven Associates, a multi-disciplinary firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Emily was a speaker on the "Engage" panel of the AIA Women's Leadership Summit, which highlighted emerging women leaders in the architectural profession. She currently serves as the Vice-President/President-elect 2013 for the Boston Society of Architects. Emily can be found on twitter @egraia.

  • Emma Williamson
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  • Gill Matthewson
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    Gill Matthewson is an architect and academic. She practised full-time architecture in Britain and New Zealand for over twelve years and continues to design. She has also taught, and ran the design degree program at the Wellington Institute of Technology. Throughout her career she has returned again and again to the issue of women and architecture. These issues precipitated her MA research which explored the issue of gender as it manifests in architecture by investigating the professional and intellectual presence of three women involved the conception, realisation and interpretation of the Barcelona Pavilion. She is currently undertaking a PhD as part of the ‘Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work, and Leadership’ project at the University of Queensland. This focuses on ethnographic research into a number of Australian architectural practices to study aspects of the work culture.

  • Janice Chandler
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    Janice Chandler has been involved in a number of writing and editing projects. She was a guest editor for Architect Victoria October 2002 and Architect Victoria Winter 2003, co-editor for three editions of Plus Magazine and a volunteer member of the marketing campaign committee for the Sustainable Living Fair 2001.

  • Jeanne Lee
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    Jeanne Lee is Principal Design Architect responsible for managing and developing the design teams across all peckvonhartel offices with a focus on design excellence. With over 15 years experience in the architectural industry in a broad range of project types and in various professional capacities, Jeanne is committed to fostering a creative, collaborative and dynamic design culture within pvh. Jeanne has a comprehensive understanding of the design process, extensive design and team management experience. She values collaborative involvement and innovative thinking as well as high quality project delivery.

  • Jeremy Till
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    Jeremy Till is Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. His extensive written work includes Flexible Housing (with Tatjana Schneider, Architectural Press 2007), Architecture Depends (MIT Press 2009) and Spatial Agency: other ways of doing architecture (with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider, Routledge 2011). All three of these won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Research, an unprecedented sequence of success in this prestigious prize. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects on their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Straw House and Quilted Office), which has been extensively discussed and won the RIBA Sustainability Prize. In 2006 he curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2012 he was appointed to be Head of Central St Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, a position he will take up in August 2012.

  • Jon Clements
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  • Justine Clark
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    Justine Clark is an independent architectural editor, writer and critic. She is a Chief Investigator on the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership, which she is undertaking in her capacity as an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She was editor of Architecture Australia, the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects from 2003 to early 2011, having been involved in the magazine since 2000. She received the National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media in 2011 and in 2009.

  • Karen Burns
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    Dr Karen Burns is an architectural historian and theorist, with a long-standing interest in feminist theory and activism. She is a Chief Investigator on the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership. From 1986 to 1991she edited Transition magazine with Harriet Edquist, publishing significant articles on women in the profession including the Women in Architecture issue (Winter 1988). With Harriet Edquist and a number of recent RMIT graduates and students, she co-founded E1027: Women's Architecture Collaborative in 1990. In 1992 Burns and Anna Horne curated a large public architectural installation show on six public sites in Fitzroy featuring 10 women artists and recent architecture graduates. Her writings on women and architecture include an essay on Josephine Baker (Postcolonial Spaces, Princeton, 1997), essays in Architectural Theory Review (December 2010), Journal of Architectural Education (March 2012)and forthcoming chapters in The Design Collective (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) and Deleuze and Architecture (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

  • Katherine McPherson
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  • Kendall Strong
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    Kendall Strong is a practicing architect and associate at Latitude Architects. She works predominantly on educational and residential projects, with a focus is on sustainable, equitable design.

  • Kerstin Thompson
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    Kerstin Thompson is director of award-winning Melbourne-based practice Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) and Professor of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Kirsty Volz
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  • Laura Harding
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    Laura Harding practices architecture Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Design. She is also a contributing editor to Architecture Australia and is highly regarded architectural critic and writer.

  • Lee Hillam
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    Lee Hillam is a director of Sydney-based practice Dunn & Hillam Architects.

  • Lori Brown
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  • Meaghan Dwyer
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    Meaghan has been practising as an architect for over 17 years. She has worked either directly for, or in association with a range of small, medium and large practices across Australia. Her current role at John Wardle Architects allows her to pursue her particular interest in public buildings and urban places. Meaghan has lead many significant projects from the design phase through to completion. As a member of the senior team Meaghan also contributes to the management and direction of the practice. In addition to her architecture qualifications Meaghan has a Master of Social Science, International Urban and Environmental Management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Michael Smith
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  • Misty Waters
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  • Naomi Stead
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    Dr Naomi Stead is the leader of the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership. She is a Research Fellow in the Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre (ATCH) at the University of Queensland. Naomi’s research interests broadly lie within the architectural humanities and socio-cultural studies of architecture. Other current research projects include the ARC discovery project ‘The Cultural Logic of Queensland Architecture: Place, Taste and Economy’, with Professor John Macarthur and Dr Deborah van der Plaat, also of UQ. Naomi is a co-editor of the journal Architectural Theory Review, and editor of the book Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture (2012). Naomi holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of South Australia and a PhD from the University of Queensland.

  • Neph Wake
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    Neph Wake is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. When she’s not riffing on political aphorisms, reading technical journals or devouring architectural theory, she can be found lurking in cyberspace, where no one can hear her scream. For money, she has been known to write damn good building regulations, guide trivia packed bicycle tours of Sydney and craft luxury wedding invitations. Due to finish her coursework Master of Architecture (Hons) degree at the University of Tasmania in 2012, she looks forward to finding out what happens next.

  • Nick Bassett
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    Nick is responsible for many of the photographs on Parlour, which are part of the VIsual Sociology component of the Women, Work and Leadership research project. A Sydney-based photographer, Nick has extensive experience capturing people and their unique stories. The opportunity to meet with new and interesting people and to gain an insight into their world drives him to build on his extensive catalogue of portraits. Working with subjects ranging from hip hop royalty, to obsessive collectors, photography gives Nick the opportunity to connect with people that he wouldn’t otherwise have an excuse to meet and talk to. Nick has been commissioned by a range of companies and publications, including Channel 10, BOSS Magazine, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Wish Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, Australian Art Review, The Big Issue & Bell Shakespeare Co.

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    The Parlour team – Justine Clark, Naomi Stead, Karen Burns, Gill Matthewson, Amanda Roan and Julie Willis.

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  • Peter Johns
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  • Rebecca Graham
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  • Sally Bolton
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    Sally Bolton is currently a Chapter Councillor for the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter and the CPD Chair. She studied a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Adelaide and is as Registered Architect currently on extended maternity leave as the CEO of 3 year old twins. Sally has practiced as an architect in both Adelaide and in Melbourne and also worked at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter in an advocacy role for several years. This involved promoting the value of good design and working with the profession.

  • Samantha Taylor
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  • Samara Greenwood
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    Samara Greenwood is a practicing architect focussed on creating places and spaces that enhance our everyday lives. As well as running her own successful practice, Samara Greenwood Architecture, Samara enjoys teaching design and is passionate about encouraging others in their own architectural endeavours. www.sgarch.com.au

  • Sandra Kaji-O'Grady
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    Dr Sandra Kaji-O'Grady is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. She is a Chief Investigator on the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership. Other research concerns the connections made between architecture and art in the 1960s and 1970s, and between architectural design and the socio-political contexts of contemporary practice. Sandra is also a respected architectural critic, and has published widely in the professional press.

  • Sara Stace
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  • Sarah Herbert
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  • Sarah Hurst
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    Sarah Hurst has an MArch from the University of Tasmania who has been working with Melbourne based firm, Fender Katsalidis Architects for the past four years. She has worked extensively across large scale commercial developments, with a focus predominantly on architecture and urban design in Canberra. Sarah has been a guest critic with the University of Melbourne over the past two years and she is interested in architectural journalism and media, interior design and architecture in the Australian landscape. She can be found on twitter @_sarahhurst

  • Shane Thompson
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    Shane Thompson is Principal of Shane Thompson Architects, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queenland, current President of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter. He serves on the Architecture Australia Editorial Advisory Board and is a Co-creative Director of “experience” the 2012 National Architecture Conference. Until recently he was a Principal and Director at BVN for 24 years. www.shanethompson.com.au

  • Shelley Penn
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    Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect who contributes to the advancement of architecture and the built environment through her practice, and through advising, writing, teaching and advocacy. Her work has been awarded, published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Shelley was Design Director in the Office of the NSW Government Architect, and Associate Victorian Government Architect from 2006 – 2010. She is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Architecture at Melbourne University and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University. She is a board member of the Linking Melbourne Authority, Deputy Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, Acting Chair of the National Capital Authority. Shelley is currently National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

  • Sheryle Moon
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    Sheryle Moon is the CEO of the National Association of Women in Construction.

  • Sonia Sarangi
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    Sonia Sarangi is co-founder of Atelier Red + Black, an emerging architecture practice in Fitzroy, Victoria. She has previously worked in both small practice (Melbourne) and a large international firm (Singapore). She has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Sonia can be found on Instagram @thesarangi

  • Susana Torre
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  • Sze Wei Lee
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    Sze Wei Lee graduated from the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) She is currently working for Veretec in London on a range of schemes including offices, hotels and student accommodation. She is expecting her first born in the New Year and will be facing these challenges in the very near future, hence her keen interest in the topic.

  • Tania Davidge
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    Tania Davidge is a registered architect, a PhD candidate at Monash University and a sessional academic. In 2002 she completed a Master's of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2009, Tania founded OpenHAUS Architecture with Christine Phillips. Described as an ‘alternative’ or ‘non-traditional’ architectural practice OpenHAUS does not currently make buildings but engages in architectural activism and advocacy. The practice’s primary aims are to explore the relationship of the public to architecture and to develop new strategies for engaging the public with architectural practice and architectural ideas. Tania has taught at multitude of universities including Barnard College in New York, RMIT and Monash University. Her dissertation is focussed on exploring, through the design, development and execution of ‘architectural events’, new and innovative ways in which the public can actively engage with architecture.

  • Vanessa Bizzell
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    Vanessa BIzzell is a director of the UK architecture practice, Bluemouse Limited.

  • Warwick Mihaly
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  • Wendy Bertrand
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    Wendy Bertrand has been a mother since 1966 and a registered California architect since 1978. Her career with the US federal government was in California. She is author of the book "Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect", available here www.wendybertrand.com. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Architecture (1971), and with a Master of Architecture (1972) after study in France at the École des Beaux Arts (1964–65). She divides her time seasonally, between her writing desk in San Francisco and her weaving studio in Del Norte County, where she spins yarn and weaves colourful rugs. Her interest in gender issues and architecture started with her participation in the Organization of Women Architects in 1972.

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