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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.

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.
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.
How has COVID-19 changed our living conditions?

How has COVID-19 changed our living conditions?

What requirements do people need from their private and public spaces to thrive and enjoy life? Kathlyn Loseby reflects on the profession’s achievements and the challenges ahead.
Rethinking 'home' post-pandemic

Rethinking ‘home’ post-pandemic

What are the implications of COVID-19 for domestic design? Maram Shaweesh and Annalise Varghese argue there is much to learn from those already adept at navigating the home as workplace.
The invisibility of women

The invisibility of women

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel has been awarded the 2020 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal. Now is a great time to reread this essay by Tanya Southcott on van Ginkel.
More-Than-Human-Design

More-Than-Human-Design

The potential emergence of deep change in the face of emergency – Pia Ednie-Brown, Sam Spurr, Amelia Hine and Charity Edwards explain.
Motherhood statements

Motherhood statements

Many women face the relentless challenge of balancing their job with the lion's share of domestic labour and parenting duties. Emma Williamson explores the issues.
Redefining the metrics of success

Redefining the metrics of success

Warwick Mihaly argues that we must challenge the system that demands both merit and long hours to attain acclaim and advancement in architecture.
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