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

Sticky floors, glass ceilings, glass cliffs and leaky pipelines – metaphors abound when we talk about career progression for women. What does it all mean, and what about non-traditional career paths? What can we learn from the statistics and from the experiences of others?

Angie the architect meets Rosie the riveter

Angie the architect meets Rosie the riveter

Are unlicensed women working in architecture the 'expendable proletariat'? Gill Matthewson looks at the lastest American Institute of Architects survey of “firm characteristics”.
The core team

The core team

How might young architects productively use the downtime occasioned by tighter economic times? Kendall Strong offers some advice gleaned from older mentors.
Architecture + motherhood

Architecture + motherhood

Samara Greenwood tells her story of negotiating architecture and motherhood so far – interspersed with thoughts from friends and colleagues.
Diverse paths

Diverse paths

Shelley Penn was the guest speaker at the recent Parlour soirée. We reproduce her thoughtful and direct speech.
Stories of the Downturn

Stories of the Downturn

How do economic cycles effect careers? What strategies do architects develop to navigate economic downturns? What role does gender play?
The questions to ask

The questions to ask

A career does not make itself – it requires planning, political nous, ambition and perseverance. Ann Lau outlines the things graduates need to consider.
Shifting the discourse

Shifting the discourse

Tania Davidge asks how might we subvert, challenge or rethink elements of architecture culture that disadvantage women and diversity.
Learning from Eva

Learning from Eva

Laura Harding argues that we must work diligently to broaden mainstream architectural culture – and what is valued and recognised – if the profession is to be viable and relevant.
Let’s talk about ...

Let’s talk about …

Diversity needs to be recognised, celebrated and put to better use in the architectural profession. Anne Cunningham discusses how this might be achieved.
The seven ages

The seven ages

What you do with your architecture had better be worth the hard work. Elizabeth Watson-Brown reflects on experiences gained through the seven ages of her career (so far).
Needed – a more profound commitment to behavioural change

Needed – profound behavioural change

Reflecting on his own architectural past, Shane Thompson argues that the profession needs fundamental behavioural change – both for the future of the profession and for women within it.
Take it to the limit: women as architectural breach

Taking it to the limit

A generation after Gill Matthewson first asked, “where are all the women?” she is still, with some frustration, asking the same question.
Forcing a space where trust can grow

A space where trust can grow

Anna Maskiell reflects on the role familiarity plays in establishing trust, and the potential of affirmative action to give women space to build trust.
A view from within practice

A view from within practice

When do opportunities for young men and women architects diverge and what can we do about it? Meaghan Dwyer suggests we improve how and when we measure expertise.
Hit and miss

Hit and miss

What if halfway through a marathon the road diverged? Kerstin Thompson reflects on the complex choices woman – and men – confront in the journey of practice.
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