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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.

Class and Creed in Australian Architecture

Class and Creed in Australian Architecture

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.
Who's afraid of ethnic diversity?

Who’s afraid of ethnic diversity?

Sonia Sarangi continues the conversation about ethnic diversity, pointing to the well-documented advantages of the profession better reflecting the community.
EOFY resolutions – fair and equitable pay for all

EOFY resolutions – fair and equitable pay for all

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.
Fairer fees to future-proof the profession

Fairer fees to future-proof the profession

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.
Cultural diversity in architecture

Cultural diversity in architecture

“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.
Multiplying diversity

Multiplying diversity

Gender is just one aspect of a diverse profession. Gill Matthewson opens up the discussion of the immense value of different perspectives in architecture.
Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

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...
Lovely master bedroom, Mr Dickens

Lovely master bedroom, Mr Dickens

'Master bedroom', are you kidding me? Anthony Martin reminds his colleagues that certain phrases have no role in contemporary architecture.
Come into the Parlour

Come into the Parlour

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.
At the Beginning

At the Beginning

We are thrilled to present Camilla Block’s opening talk from Women in Architecture Talk: The Future of Practice, at the University of Sydney.
Why Archicentre Matters

Why Archicentre Matters

Margaret Skilbeck argues that Archicentre provides an important avenue for women to establish their own practices and thereby stay within the profession.
The challenge of changing culture

The challenge of changing culture

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.
Black feminism & the archi-sphere

Black feminism & the archi-sphere

Linda Kennedy has generously allowed us to republish her reflections on gender, architecture and Aboriginality, first posted on her blog Future Black.
The business case for gender equity

The business case for gender equity

Michael Smith outlines the advantages of gender equity for the business of architecture.
Gender equity in architecture: What can we do?

Gender equity in architecture: What can we do?

So, now that we have the research, what do we do? Naomi Stead and Justine Clark outline the programs and tools for a more equitable profession.
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