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

Parlour talk: speculative, exploratory, sometimes provocative pieces by a wide range of participants. Anecdote and attitude, reflection and opinion. If you would like to contribute a piece please contact us.

Re-imagining communication access in design

Re-imagining communication access in design

Ilianna Ginnis argues for recognition of individuals with non-verbal and diverse communication, and the need to incorporate appropriate engagement into the design process.
Thoughts on International Women's Day

Thoughts on International Women’s Day

Justine Clark reflects on International Women's Day.
The revolutionary beginnings of IWD

The revolutionary beginnings of IWD

Anwyn Hocking reflects on the socialist beginnings of International Women’s Day and remembers the women who rallied for a different version of IWD.
Championing change

Championing change

Monica Edwards and Shaun Carter discuss the origins of the Champions of Change, along with achievements, challenges and plans for the future.
Good citizens

Good citizens

What are our rights and responsibilities as architects? How do we keep the needs of community at the forefront? Tania Davidge asks what it means to be a good architectural citizen.
This is where we live

This is where we live

Annmarie Adams discusses the home as workplace, contemplating the growing importance of domestic architecture and the meteoric rise of the interior.
Cultural change on fast-forward

Cultural change on fast-forward

Many aspects of life are on pause, but cultural change at work is on fast-forward. Gerard Corcoran, CEO of Hassell, urges us to rethink the workplace for everyone’s benefit after COVID-19.
With a name like yours

With a name like yours

Assumptions continue to be made about people’s professions and ambitions, based on their skin colour, looks or accent, writes Sumita Singha.
Doors and portals

Doors and portals

Marika Neustupny speculates on the future of work environments, and the importance of maintaining space for chance, anticipation and incidental interaction.
Can you start a practice without the Bank of Mum & Dad?

Can you start a practice without the Bank of Mum & Dad?

Becca Thomas tells the story of New Practice, from its small beginnings in the midst of a recession to the challenges of building a sustainable small practice.
In conversation with ... Jude Barber

In conversation with … Jude Barber

Collective Architecture’s Jude Barber discusses the value of experimentation and diverse work, the benefits of employee ownership, and the need for us all to hear the Voices of Experience. 
Women in Design Robotics

Women in Design Robotics

Dr Muge Belek Fialho Teixeira, Amelia Luu and Dr Cori Stewart from QUT’s Design Robotics team discuss career, challenges, inspiration, and the importance of being visible.
Information overload and what we can do about it

Information overload and what we can do about it

Pandemic information overload is exhausting our ability to make everyday decisions, says Leah Heiss, who offers some ideas on managing the impacts.
A lesson in empowerment

A lesson in empowerment

Heather MacRae reflects on her work in Groote Eylandt, where she discovered unexpected strength and opportunity in being a woman architect in remote communities of far north Australia.
Enriching online empathy in a time of imposed isolation

Enriching online empathy in a time of imposed isolation

How can we build empathy and capture the intimacy of face-to-face interaction? Leah Heiss outlines some strategies to harness creativity and enrich the online experience for us all.
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