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

Those who have gone before – building the histories of women and equity initiatives in Australian architecture.

Parlour is keen to collect material on other initiatives addressing women and equity in architecture. Please get in touch if you have relevant material or research you would like to contribute. If there is a topic you would like help sourcing material on let us know and we’ll post a request on your behalf.

'Architecture: Where are the Women?' Revisited

‘Architecture: Where are the Women?’ Revisited

Revisiting her 2003 article on women in architecture, Tanya Trevisan calls for more action to tackle continuing inequality in the profession.
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.
Miss Esther James

Miss Esther James

Andrew Wilson has found this little archival gem from Brisbane’s The Sunday Mail (Sunday April 2, 1933). Julia Gatley contributed more info on the fascinating Miss Esther James.
Successes, strategies and struggles

Successes, strategies and struggles

Wendy Bertrand reflects on forty years of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals.
Two houses built for women

Two houses built for women

Women can play significant architectural roles as clients as well as architects – Alice Hampson discusses the influence of the colourful and eccentric Ethne Pfitzenmaier.
Learning from Eva

Learning from Eva

Laura Harding argues that we must work diligently to broaden mainstream architectural culture – and what is valued and recognised – if the profession is to be viable and relevant.
Let’s talk about ...

Let’s talk about …

Diversity needs to be recognised, celebrated and put to better use in the architectural profession. Anne Cunningham discusses how this might be achieved.
E1027 Women’s Architecture Collaborative

E1027

Countering women’s marginalisation by appropriating the model of the urban 'boys' club'. Karen Burns recalls the activism and intellectual engagement of E1027.
Crowd-sourcing no. 1: The history of women’s initiatives in architecture in Australia

Crowd-source no. 1: equity initiatives

Help Parlour to collect the history of initiatives and organizations for women in Australian architecture.
A tribute to Paula Whitman

A tribute to Paula Whitman

Paula Whitman’s work is extensively quoted throughout this website – Naomi Stead on the debt of gratitude that we owe to Paula.
Going Places

Going Places

Going Places is a fundamental document for research into gender and Australian architecture. The reception of this, and the follow-up report The Career Progression of Men in Architecture, raise important issues for the current research.
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