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.

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.
Building consensus

Building consensus

As the Head of Architecture at Monash, Naomi Stead aims for an affiliative leadership style that helps make space for others and works by building consensus rather than exerting control.
Making a Living

Making a Living

Architecture conferences once held little interest for Sarah Hobday-North, but the recent ArchiTeam Conference has forced her to reassess.
Uniting the Architectural Worker

Uniting the Architectural Worker

The Architecture Lobby now has a Victorian Chapter, the first outside the United States. The founders outline their motivations for setting up and plans for the future.
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.
Why Architects Matter

Why Architects Matter

Sarah Hobday-North finds much to provoke thought and action in Flora Samuel's book Why Architects Matter. 
In Conversation with … Melonie Bayl-Smith

In Conversation with … Melonie Bayl-Smith

Susie Ashworth talks with Melonie Bayl-Smith about transferable skills, what tough times can teach us, and the power of saying no...
Ideal Homes

Ideal Homes

Catriona Quinn reviews Deborah Sugg Ryan's recent book, which brings previously invisible examples of suburban modernism into the spotlight.
ID: 25439