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

Analsyis and anecdote about goings on in the workplace. The opportunities, the constraints and how we might navigate our way through them.

10 lessons

10 lessons

How do we navigate practice knowing that gender bias overlays the way we frame and understand architecture? Kerstin Thompson outlines ten lessons learnt over her career.
Gentlemen, I think we have a problem

Gentlemen, I think we have a problem

Bronwen Jones challenges ACT architectural practices to conduct an industry-wide gender pay audit.
Equity & the interview

Equity & the interview

Do job interviews in architecture need to be more structured and professional? Kirsty Volz believes a more formal process would help create a more diverse and equitable workforce.
Going Beyond

Going Beyond

Emily Grandstaff-Rice reports on the American Institute of Architects' Women's Leadership Summit.
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.
Why pay equity matters

Why pay equity matters

As Gill Matthewson comments, this quote she found about sums it up: “The literature shows that pay is an important predictor of the extent to which a person is valued in his or her employment context and, more specifically, of the extent to which this person is perceived to have...
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...
The 'half-life' of women architects

The ‘half-life’ of women architects

What can the 2011 census tell us about the "half-life" of woman architects? Gill Matthewson and Justine Clark take a look.
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour is delighted to launch the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice. The Guides have been developed to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.
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...
Pregnancy Discrimination Review

Pregnancy Discrimination Review

Have you experienced discrimination in relation to pregnancy and/or returning to work? The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on submissions for its ‘Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review’. The national review aims to study the prevalence, nature and consequences of discrimination in relation to pregnancy...
Architecture in an Expanded Field

Architecture in an Expanded Field

A symposium from Architecture + Women NZ, on the occasion of the exhibition Between Silos. ‘Architecture in an Expanded Field’ covers the many creative disciplines that architectural training and research can lead into, and be included in architectural practice. The boundaries of what constitutes architecture, and a career in architecture, are...
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