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Parlour conversations – speculative, exploratory, sometimes provocative pieces by a wide range of participants. Anecdote and attitude, reflection and opinion. If you would like to contribute a piece please contact us.

The all-important trusted tribe

The all-important trusted tribe

Finding a trusted tribe to share all the highs and lows of professional life has made all the difference for urban planner and founder of Urbanistas Sydney, April McCabe.
When being female is weaponised against you…

When being female is weaponised against you…

From the subtle to the outright abusive, sexual power games are rife in architecture. Gill Matthewson argues that its time to find out what the world would look like if success was not predicated on diminishing others.
Is there an architectural #metoo?

Is there an architectural #metoo?

How can we tackle the sexual harassment in our architecture schools? Cathy Smith reflects on power, silence and change in the architectural academy.
The bamboo ceiling

The bamboo ceiling

It can be hard to aspire to leadership when you can’t identify with anyone at the top. But that might just be changing, says Fiona Young.
The invisibility of women

The invisibility of women

Tanya Southcott's award-winning essay on the invisibility of women’s work asks how we can bring the achievements of women architects into the light.
Remembering Peta Tancred

Remembering Peta Tancred

Professor Peta Tancred died on 15 August 2017 after an engaged and active life. Professor Annmarie Adams remembers her former colleague, co-author and friend.
Does your practice walk the talk?

Does your practice walk the talk?

Reputation and outward appearance isn't always a true indication of a firm's workplace culture. An anonymous writer tells her story.
Two stories

Two stories

Two recent perspectives on gender equity at work and in the home provided much food for thought. Gill Matthewson addresses the issues.
No, women do not earn more than men in architecture

No, women do not earn more than men in architecture

Before accepting every story that gets circulated, it’s important to look at the facts. Gill Matthewson points out that claims in Vogue are just not credible.
Acknowledgement, amnesty, welcome

Acknowledgement, amnesty, welcome

Camilla Block on becoming a registered architect after decades in the profession, and the new process that enabled this.
Go hard or go home!

Go hard or go home!

Lee Hillam reflects on the long-hours culture in architecture.
Breaking news: women are not condiments

Breaking news: women are not condiments

Dodgy data on the gender pay gap has inspired alarmist headlines and some rather archaic opinions, argues Gill Matthewson.
NCGE essay 1: Leadership

NCGE essay 1: Leadership

Women make great leaders, but a seat at the top table is often elusive. Emma Williamson explores the obstacles women face on the road to the top.
Women in the Street

Women in the Street

Karen Burns reflects on protest and the transformation of the street by the fluid body politic.
Cheers to Marion!

Cheers to Marion!

Karen Burns raises her glass to Marion Mahony Griffin – one of Australia's most impressive architects, who could also pull off wearing a Tutankhamen turban at a garden party.
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