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

Sticky floors, glass ceilings, glass cliffs and leaky pipelines – metaphors abound when we talk about career progression for women. What does it all mean, and what about non-traditional career paths? What can we learn from the statistics and from the experiences of others?

Embracing the word 'No'!

Embracing the word ‘No’!

Sonia Sarangi reflects that calling out harassment and casual racism, and learning to say no, has been important for her career – and her mental health.
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.
Finding your true north

Finding your true north

Keeping true to who she is and what she values has always been a key priority for Yvette Breytenbach.
The power of independence

The power of independence

A strong independent streak, entrepreneurial flair and a diverse set of skills have helped Shaneen Fantin overcome life's big challenges.
Working mother one year on

Working mother one year on

Thinking ahead and making a plan for one of the biggest chapters of her life was the key to a successful return to work, says Kellie McGivern.
What's so critical? Why the long hours?

What’s so critical? Why the long hours?

Is it really necessary for us to accept a long hours culture? Ceilidh Higgins investigates.
Letters to my Younger Self

Letters to my Younger Self

Do you have some advice to share? Parlour is starting a new series full of useful tips and stories of women working in the built environment. Why not be a part of it?
Confidence is the key

Confidence is the key

Naomi Stead looks back and offers some well-earned advice about ignoring self-doubt and building up confidence in your own abilities.
Clear, calm and confident

Clear, calm and confident

Clear communication and a calm, confident approach will take you far, advises Ceilidh Higgins.
Nomadic by necessity

Nomadic by necessity

Flexibility, persistence and a willingness to leave her home city created opportunities for Jacinda Sadler.
Women in Architecture: Susan Dugdale

Women in Architecture: Susan Dugdale

Meet Alice Springs–based architect Susan Dugdale, the latest profile in our Women in Architecture series.
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.
Keeping it real as a student mum

Keeping it real as a student mum

Masters student and mother of two, Kate Sarkodee shares the joys and challenges of life on campus as an architecture student mum.
Glass ceilings, mirrors, windows and views

Glass ceilings, mirrors, windows and views

Rosemary Burne offers reflections and perspectives on the changing nature of gender politics in architecture.
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.
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