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Posts by Gill Matthewson

 

The draft program is as follows – the timing may be adjusted in coming weeks, but the session themes will remain the same.

DAY 1

Introduction and welcome

Julie Willis

Parlour – tactics and strategies.
Morning tea
Get organised! Action at the grassroots

A panel discussion with Akuo Danso of Black Females in Architectuure, UK; Catherine Griffiths, Designers Speak Up!, NZ; and Suzie Hunt, Women, Work Wisdom, Perth

In Conversation – beyond the binary
Leadership from the top – the potential of policy

Emily Grandstaff Rice
Natalie Galea
Amy Muir

Lunch

1 pm – 2 pm

What are the possible futures of architecture?

2 pm – 3.25 pm

We invent new ways of practising out of the current moment. In recent years architecture has faced the crisis of global financial restructuring and an accompanying revolt about the narrow limits of architecture’s interests and skills.  This panel explores the value of new knowledges, interdisciplinary work and diverse career pathways, expanding the public discussion about what architects do.

A panel discussion chaired by Karen Burns with Esther Charlesworth, Sibling, Paula McCarthy and Rory Hyde.

Afternoon tea

3.25 pm – 3.50 pm

What is an architectural career?

3.50 pm – 5.15 pm

How do we navigate career turning points and moments of transition? How can we strategise our careers while also responding effectively to surprises and contingencies that arise along the way?

A panel discussion chaired by Julie Willis with Emma Williamson, Sara Stace, Kathrin Aste, Felicity Stewart, Virginia San Fratello and Elizabeth Watson Brown.

Wrap up panel

5.15 pm – 5.45 pm

Lori Brown, Shelley Penn, Naomi Stead, Karen Burns and Rory Hyde.

Closing drinks

5.45 pm – 6.45 pm

Just in case you have any energy left for more talk!

Notes from a data sceptic

Notes from a data sceptic

Are more women leaving the profession in the UK because they have a better understanding of the state of play? Or are the numbers misleading? Gill Matthewson investigates.
Reimagining a safer, more inclusive city

Reimagining a safer, more inclusive city

Monash University's XYX Lab workshop ideas for a safer, more welcoming Melbourne for women and girls
When being female is weaponised against you…

When being female is weaponised against you…

From the subtle to the outright abusive, sexual power games are rife in architecture. Gill Matthewson argues that it's time to find out what the world would look like if success was not predicated on diminishing others.
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.
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.
Multiplying diversity

Multiplying diversity

Gender is just one aspect of a diverse profession. Gill Matthewson opens up the discussion of the immense value of different perspectives in architecture.
Speak up, women!

Speak up, women!

Why do women knock back the chance to speak? Gill Matthewson explores the reasons why women can be reluctant to get on stage.
Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

In the midst of many tributes to Zaha Hadid, Gill Matthewson offers a short reflection on what her career means in the context of gender and architecture, while John Gollings shares a fabulous image from his archive.
Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

The gender pay gap in architecture does not discriminate, hitting just about every age group. Gill Matthewson digs into the Census stats and uncovers disturbing results.
Shock horror statistics

Shock horror statistics

What do the recent AR Women in Architecture surveys really mean? Gill Matthewson digs into the stats and finds that some of the drama evaporates on close inspection.
The Parlour effect

The Parlour effect

And now for the good news – the number of women registering in Australia has skyrocketed!
Same words, different mouth

Same words, different mouth

Gill Matthewson on the complexities of voice and gender in architecture.
Who counts?

Who counts?

Numbers provide one important indicator of the current shape of the profession. Gill Matthewson explains where we are at.
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.
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