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?

Expanding the boundaries of creative practice

Expanding the boundaries of creative practice

Taking detours into other creative fields adds breadth and richness to an architect’s core set of skills, argues Bronwen Jones.
Balancing professional and family life

Balancing professional and family life

For Shannon Battisson, balancing motherhood with a business start-up was one of the biggest challenges she’d ever faced, but it was also one of the most rewarding.
Between academia and industry

Between academia and industry

The challenges inherent in moving between industry and academia made me a stronger practitioner, says Anuradha Chatterjee.
The all-important trusted tribe

The all-important trusted tribe

Finding a trusted tribe to share all the highs and lows of professional life has made all the difference for urban planner and founder of Urbanistas Sydney, April McCabe.
Finding equilibrium

Finding equilibrium

Talina Edwards has learned that slowing down and enriching her life has enabled her to achieve balance and success.
Redefining success

Redefining success

Success isn't about winning power, privilege and esteem. It's about finding your talents, achieving contentment and enjoying the rewards, says Anuradha Chatterjee.
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.
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.
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