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

Parlour conversations – 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.

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.
In conversation with ... Flora Samuel

In conversation with … Flora Samuel

Professor Flora Samuel discusses writing and research in architecture, fostering research culture within practice, and making institutions more diverse and relevant.
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.
In conversation with ... Yasmeen Lari

In conversation with … Yasmeen Lari

Yasmeen Lari speaks of life as Pakistan’s first woman architect, how the role of the architect needs to change, and the joy that comes from humanitarian work.
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.
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.
2018 MPavilion – Naomi Milgrom & Carme Pinós

2018 MPavilion – Naomi Milgrom & Carme Pinós

Carme Pinós is the architect for the 2018 MPavilion! Tania Davidge interviews philanthropist Naomi Milgrom.
WADe – Women Architects & Designers Asia

WADe – Women Architects & Designers Asia

WADe Asia is a platform established in India in 2016 to promote women designers in the industry. Anuradha Chatterjee interviews Vertica Dvivedi and Madhurima Chowdhury.
When being female is weaponised against you…

When being female is weaponised against you…

From the subtle to the outright abusive, sexual power games are rife in architecture. Gill Matthewson argues that it's time to find out what the world would look like if success was not predicated on diminishing others.
Is there an architectural #metoo?

Is there an architectural #metoo?

How can we tackle the sexual harassment in our architecture schools? Cathy Smith reflects on power, silence and change in the architectural academy.
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