Parlour is a research based advocacy organisation working to improve gender equity in architecture and the built environment professions. The Parlour website is curated and edited by Justine Clark and Susie Ashworth. It is supported by Parlour members Naomi Stead, Julie Willis and Gill Matthewson.

A site for active exchange and discussion, the Parlour website brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture in Australia. It seeks to expand the spaces and opportunities available to women while also revealing the many women who already contribute in diverse ways.

As activists and advocates we aim to generate debate and discussion. As researchers and scholars we provide serious analysis and a firm evidence base for change. As women active in Australian architecture we seek to open up opportunities and broaden definitions of what architectural activity might be.

Parlour became an Incorporated Association in 2018. Its aims are as follows:

  1. To promote gender equity in architecture
  2. To develop advocacy programs and resources based in independent, rigorous research
  3. To provide a vital space for the discussion of gender equity in architecture and publish informed opinion and generate debate and discussion.
  4. To develop and strengthen networks and communities of interest around the issue of gender equity in Australian architecture.
  5. To celebrate women active in the architecture profession, and to provide opportunity and profile for the many women working successfully in architecture.

Parlour was initiated as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work, and Leadership. Led by Naomi Stead, researchers on this project were Justine Clark, Gill Matthewson, Karen Burns, Amanda Roan, Gillian Whitehouse and Sandra Kaji-O’Grady. Many of the photographs by Nick Bassett used on this site are from the Visual Sociology component of the research, which visually explored the professional identity of architects and the material culture of architectural office environments.

Parlour is archived by Pandora, the National Library of Australia’s web archive.