PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
Parlour / parler

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.

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.
'We judge everyone on merit'

‘We judge everyone on merit’

A fictionalised account of the subtleties of workplace inequity by Sarah Lebner.
Where are the women architects?

Where are the women architects?

Kerstin Thompson reviews US historian and writer Despina Stratigakos’s latest book Where are the Women Architects?
An anxious discipline

An anxious discipline

Byron Kinnaird on the need for our discipline to take responsibility for the mental health of students and the wider profession.
Architectures of internment

Architectures of internment

Kate Sarkodee speaks to Dr Anoma Pieris about her research into WW2 internment camps and the implications for contemporary issues of detention.
Making history

Making history

History does not document contributions evenly. Janine Campbell reflects on the structural conditions of her own erasure, and Parlour's role in this.
Be a good fellow!

Be a good fellow!

The only way to redress the serious imbalance among the Institute Fellowship is for eligible women to put their hand up. Vanessa Bird outlines the latest gender equity initiatives of the Institute and calls for women to self-nominate.
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