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

What’s going on in the rest of the world? What might we learn from it? International research, discussions and initiatives can help inform the strategies we use to improve equity in the profession here.

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. The panel consisted of successful women architects – Hannah Lawson, Tamsyn Curley, Christina Seilern and Christine Murray...
Practices need to adapt to a changing world

Practices need to adapt to a changing world

Is flexibility a cure for an ailing profession? Vanessa Bizzell argues that architectural firms must change with the times to meet the needs of their clients and staff.
Calling Australian ladies abroad

Calling Australian ladies abroad

Fiona Nixon tells us that nominations are open for five positions on the international committee of the Australian Institute of Architects – and that they are particularly keen to increase the number of women on the committee. As you can see from the photo of the past term’s committee members,...
Architecture is too important to be left to men alone

Architecture is too important to be left to men alone

More than a numbers game. Jeremy Till explains his 30% pledge as an affirmative stance and as a means to resist the tired discourse of the ‘thrusting heroes’.
Take it to the limit: women as architectural breach

Taking it to the limit

A generation after Gill Matthewson first asked, “where are all the women?” she is still, with some frustration, asking the same question.
It's not just about childcare

It’s not just about childcare

Women make up 52% of practising architects in Sweden. Sweden has excellent parental support, but the profession is also structured differently, which plays an important role in women staying in the profession.
Opting out of architecture

Opting out of architecture

Carla Corroto's recent interviews with American women who have left the profession challenge some of the assumptions about how to increase participation.
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