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.

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.
Rethinking culture, communication and boundaries

Rethinking culture, communication and boundaries

Michael Lewarne offers prognostications and provocations about cultural change and leadership in the architecture profession.
Making space for play

Making space for play

As higher densities continue to change urban communities, architect Natalia Krysiak turns her attention to the needs of our youngest citizens.
Power in the Poster

Power in the Poster

Catherine Griffiths, designer of Parlour’s visual id, is challenging the Designers Institute of New Zealand’s gender-skewed awards program with a remarkable range of activist posters.
Women, gongs and architecture

Women, gongs and architecture

Depressingly few women architects have been recognised with an Australian Honour since they were established in 1975. Ruth McGowan shows us how to correct the imbalance.
The importance of claiming recognition

The importance of claiming recognition

Ignore self doubt and apply for Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects! Melonie Bayl-Smith leads by example.
Yes, we plan!

Yes, we plan!

Elke Duda and Sarah Rivière review the recent symposium ‘Yes, we Plan!’, hosted in Frankfurt by n-ails Berlin  with DAM and the German networks of women architects. 
IWD – from cupcakes to life lessons

IWD – from cupcakes to life lessons

Less judgement and more celebration of women's achievements should be the order of the day, argues Dani Martin.
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