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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.

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A look behind the drapes – auditing Redshift’s equity practice

A look behind the drapes – auditing Redshift’s equity practice

Michael Lewarne reports on Redshift Architecture's equity audit – and challenges other offices to conduct similar workplace equity audits and publish the results.
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.
On being an architect and a dad

On being an architect and a dad

Warwick Mihaly reflects on architecture and fatherhood.
The advantages of being a woman architect?

The advantages of being a woman architect?

Let's make an architectural counterpart to the Guerrilla Girls' great poster.
Six myths about women and architecture

Six myths about women and architecture

Debunking the myths - Justine Clark's presentation to Making, the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference.
Disciplining Identities: Part 1

Disciplining Identities: Part 1

How can we challenge the ways that architecture represents and perpetuate certain gendered identities? In Part 1 of her essay Lori Brown explores architecture own disciplining methods within the broader social and political contexts.
Disciplining Identities: Part 2 – Models for change

Disciplining Identities: Part 2 – Models for change

What actions can we take to reshape our discipline? Part two of Lori Brown's essay outlines four case studies from other disciplines.
Feminism and architecture part 1: Feminist contributions

Feminism and architecture part 1: Feminist contributions

Feminism has had a powerful, longstanding influence on the development of architecture and urban design, although this is rarely acknowledged. Part 1 of Susana Torre’s lecture, Feminism and Architecture, explores the legacy.
Feminism and architecture part 2: Tokenism

Feminism and architecture part 2: Tokenism

Why do some successful women decline to be associated with feminism Part 2 of Susana Torre’s lecture, Feminism and Architecture, explores how tokenism works in architecture and elsewhere.
Feminism and architecture part 3: Where to next?

Feminism and architecture part 3: Where to next?

What are the new agendas for feminism and architecture? In part 3 of her lecture Susana Torre outlines what we might do next.
The Elephant in our Parlour: everyday sexism in architecture

The Elephant in our Parlour: everyday sexism in architecture

It is time to start talking about everyday sexism in architecture – the elephant in the Parlour. Karen Burns leads the way.
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...
Parlour LIVE!

Parlour LIVE!

Parlour was shortlisted as Creative Directors for the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Here is a preview of our stage 2 proposal.
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