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Posts by Julie Willis


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


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


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!

Upfront, resilient, authentic

Upfront, resilient, authentic

Professor Julie Willis reflects on turning points in her career, the benefits of seizing opportunities, the impact of gendered assumptions, and being comfortable in her own skin.
Flexibility a winning formula

Flexibility a winning formula

Flexible workplaces not only help employees juggle work and life outside, they also create an environment where respect, understanding and commitment thrive, says Julie Willis.
Not just a “women’s problem”

Not just a “women’s problem”

With long hours, low pay and rigid schedules, is architecture's workplace culture sustainable for anyone? Julie Willis analyses some of the discursive responses to the Parlour surveys.
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