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Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Policy

Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Policy

Congratulations to the Australian Institute of Architects on the release of its Gender Equity Policy.
Going Beyond

Going Beyond

Emily Grandstaff-Rice reports on the American Institute of Architects' Women's Leadership Summit.
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.
DIY concrete house ring – seeking supporters

DIY concrete house ring – seeking supporters

Linda Bennett (she of Archi-Ninja fame) is seeking support for a new project via Kickstarter. Linda is looking to fund the minimum initial production run and the upfront set-up costs for the DIY Concrete House Ring, as 16-piece kit that buyers can use to make their own rings. She describes the...

A stage of her own: Elisabeth Scott and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre | Art and design | The Guardian

Fascinating essay by Gillian Darley on Elizabeth Scott, who won the international competition to design Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford in 1928.  A stage of her own: Elisabeth Scott and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre | Art and design | The Guardian.

5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture | ArchDaily

A short news item on ArchDaily about the forthcoming documentary 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture.
Returning to work

Returning to work

Sze Wei Lee reports on the AJ Women in Architecture panel discussion, which canvassed how to manage a successful career after maternity leave, and how to retain top female talent in your practice.
Why pay equity matters

Why pay equity matters

As Gill Matthewson comments, this quote she found about sums it up: “The literature shows that pay is an important predictor of the extent to which a person is valued in his or her employment context and, more specifically, of the extent to which this person is perceived to have...

MoMA’s Modern Women

Critique by Alexandra Lange of the MoMa exhibition “Designing Modern Women,”: Observatory: Design Observer.

Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration | Lilith Magazine

An essay by Esther Sperber. Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration | Lilith Magazine.

Women Need Resilience To Rise To The Top | newmatilda.com

Fascinating and alarming piece reflecting on new research on women, leadership and the workplace. This is not architecture specific, but relevant nonetheless. (via Anna Tweeddale) “If men are becoming successful with the help of their mothers and wives, and women are springing up from the resilience of traumatic recovery with...
Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

What is "choice" in the context of an architectural career? Gill Matthewson reflects on the rhetoric and the realities – economic and otherwise.

Natalie de Blois: A Legacy of Change in Practice and Education

A post on Architizer by Hilary Sample about Natalie de Blois of SOM. Natalie de Blois: A Legacy Of Change In Practice And Education. “De Blois’ legacy is multifaceted, from her steadfast focus on architecture, to the attention she brought to the challenges facing women architects, to the questions her career...
Part-time architects – top tips for employers

Part-time architects – top tips for employers

The value of experienced, committed part-time architects cannot be overestimated. Misty Waters outlines how to maximise the business benefits of flexible part-time architects.
Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Returning to work part-time after a break is a key challenge facing many women in architecture. Misty Waters, has some tips to help make it work for everyone.
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