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 presents an opportunity to collect archival material on women and equity in architecture. We will post requests for contributions over time – please help with these various crowd-sourcing initiatives as we post them. If there is a topic you would like help sourcing material on let us know and we’ll post a request on your behalf.

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...
Unsung heroes

Unsung heroes

The next offering from the DADo Film Society is Unsung Heroes, a set of four short films, three of which look at women in architecture and one at studio education. Introduced by Parlour editor Justine Clark, the event includes the Australian premier of ‘A Girl is a Fellow Here’. Unsung...
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.
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.
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