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The equity interviews: Shelley Penn

The equity interviews: Shelley Penn

Michael Smith is a member of the newly formed Australian Institute of Architects National Committee on Gender Equity. In preparing for this new role he has interviewed four key figures within the Institute about gender equity. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent...
The equity interviews:  Paul Berkemeier

The equity interviews: Paul Berkemeier

Michael Smith interviews Paul Berkemeier in the second of his Leading Towards Gender Equity series. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent blog, The Red and Black Architect. Interview 2: Paul Berkemeier and the Red & Black Architect With the completion of the ARC-funded research...
The equity interviews: David Parken

The equity interviews: David Parken

Michael Smith interviews David Parken in the fourth of his Leading Towards Gender Equity series. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent blog, The Red and Black Architect. Interview 4: David Parken and the Red & Black Architect Leading Towards Gender Equity is a four-part...
The equity interviews: David Karotkin

The equity interviews: David Karotkin

Michael Smith interviews David Karotkin in the third of his Leading Towards Gender Equity series. Parlour is very pleased to co-publish these interviews, which first appeared on Michael’s excellent blog, The Red and Black Architect. Interview 3: David Karotkin and the Red & Black Architect Leading Towards Gender Equity is a four-part...
Wanted: Ms Government Architect

Wanted: Ms Government Architect

We’re well into the 21st century and Australia has yet to appoint its first female government architect. Sara Stace ponders why.
New Residential Zoning for Victoria

New Residential Zoning for Victoria

The impact of restrictive new residential zones will be far-reaching and detrimental, argues Colleen Peterson.
Getting to the top

Getting to the top

Is it possible to get to the top in architecture and have a satisfying family life, too? Sarah Hurst takes stock of her achievements and ponders the future.
Why working for free is not OK.

Why working for free is not OK.

What are the costs of unpaid staff? Warwick Mihaly considers the complicated issue of unpaid internships and argues that the profession simply cannot afford it.
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.
Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

What is "choice" in the context of an architectural career? Gill Matthewson reflects on the rhetoric and the realities – economic and otherwise.
Part-time architects – top tips for employers

Part-time architects – top tips for employers

The value of experienced, committed part-time architects cannot be overestimated. Misty Waters outlines the key issues surrounding permanent part-time employment, and gives advice on how to maximise the business benefits of flexible part-time architects. 1. Value for Money Knowing they have limited time, most part-time architects work more efficiently and...
Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Returning to work part-time after a break is a key challenge facing many women in architecture. Misty Waters, practice manager at Bates Smart Sydney, has some tips to help make it work for everyone. 1. Be proactive. Think about your best skills and how you may be able to use...
'Mummy, I want to be an architect'

‘Mummy, I want to be an architect’

Rebecca Graham of Prelude Design reflects on some of the barriers to remaining in the architecture profession —particularly for women— and on the support that she has given and received along the way.
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...
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