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


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!

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
Queering Architecture: Framing the conversation

Queering Architecture: Framing the conversation

Queering Architecture? convenors Naomi Stead and Nicole Kalms explore the themes and questions around their upcoming XYX Lab event.
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