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.
Class and connections can make or break a career, but does a class-ist culture serve the architecture profession well? Or does it limit the industry’s relevance to the community at large? Sam Perversi-Brooks digs down into the little-discussed but all-important issue of class.
Sonia Sarangi continues the conversation about ethnic diversity, pointing to the well-documented advantages of the profession better reflecting the community.
Leone Lorrimer offers a series of resolutions to help ensure that architectural practices have fair and equitable remuneration, and a set of resources to support them.
Under-valuing the core business of design is not the path to a sustainable industry. At the recent Victorian architecture awards, Vanessa Bird beseeches architects to value themselves and their work, and to set fees accordingly. The future of the profession will depend upon it.
“Architecture is very … white.” Yvonne Meng raises the uncomfortable issue of race and cultural diversity in architecture, arguing that we must advocate for equity for all.
Gender is just one aspect of a diverse profession. Gill Matthewson opens up the discussion of the immense value of different perspectives in architecture.
In the midst of many tributes to Zaha Hadid, Gill Matthewson offers a short reflection on what her career means in the context of gender and architecture, while John Gollings shares a fabulous image from his archive. Zaha Hadid has died suddenly in Miami at the young age of 65. She...
'Master bedroom', are you kidding me? Anthony Martin reminds his colleagues that certain phrases have no role in contemporary architecture.
Don Gazzard ponders the status of women in architecture over the decades and outlines Parlour’s important role in challenging inequity and working towards improved conditions for all.
We are thrilled to present Camilla Block’s opening talk from Women in Architecture Talk: The Future of Practice, at the University of Sydney.
Margaret Skilbeck argues that Archicentre provides an important avenue for women to establish their own practices and thereby stay within the profession.
Monica Edwards and Natalie Lane-Rose speak with Arup CEO Peter Bailey about his role as a Champion of Change – a visible advocate for diversity in practice.
Linda Kennedy has generously allowed us to republish her reflections on gender, architecture and Aboriginality, first posted on her blog Future Black.
Michael Smith outlines the advantages of gender equity for the business of architecture.