Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design are delighted to announce Transformations: Action on Equity, the second ABP Symposium.

Tranformations: Action on Equity

Join us for two days of lively, incisive and necessary conversation on gender equity in the built environment professions. Together, we will reflect on the impact and effect of recent action, explore emerging topics and precipitate future work.

Bookings are now open, speakers and program will be announced shortly.

Transformations: Action on Equity brings together international and Australian speakers – researchers, professionals and activists – who are transforming the way we think about gender in the built environment professions, and are actively creating new futures for these professions and the communities they serve.

Together we will explore how we are already creating more equitable environments, and catalyse further action. How is gender equity reshaping and reinvigorating our professions and disciplines? What action is underway? What demands are being made? How do we each find agency? What are the effects of transforming practice and the professions? How is equity becoming more complicated? What areas do we need to better understand?

The program is organised as a series of discussions investigating key modes of action – organising at the grassroots, leadership through policy, reshaping the workplace, and rewriting history. This is an opportunity to reflect on recent action, and to grapple with the work still required. The symposium will also seek to expand our knowledge through exploratory conversations on key topics that intersect with and expand understandings of gender equity.

Organising, sharing knowledge and collective action are all fundamental to creating future professions that are more equitable, robust and effective. We must do this together – please join us at Transformations!


Transformations is for everyone! People of all genders; scholars, practitioners, educators or those active in the built environment disciplines in other ways; emerging or established. We hope all will join us for two days of conversation, speculation and action.


9am Thursday 14 November – 6pm Friday 15 November 2019


Glyn Davis Building, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3010


Book here! Tickets are available for the full two-day symposium, or for a single day. Tickets include all sessions, the keynote lecture and catering. Tickets to the conference dinner are purchased separately.

  • Full symposium $120 (concession $50)
  • Single day $75 (concession $35)
  • Conference dinner $60.00 (Thursday 14 November 2019)

Note:  Concession rates are available to students, those who are working part time, on a career break, or otherwise require a concession to enable them to attend Transformations.


In 2012 Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design collaborated on Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture. This one-day symposium asked, “If architecture was more inclusive would it also be in a stronger position?” It speculated about how we might generate a more equitable, effective and robust profession and what such a discipline might look like.

Transform was a significant step in creating a newly active community advocating for gender equity, which crosses between and among practice, academia and allied fields. This community went on to activate the research and discussion within and beyond Australia. It helped create new knowledge and put that knowledge to work. An extraordinary amount of work and action on gender equity in the built environment has occurred in the intervening six years – which builds on decades of earlier work.

In 2019, much has changed, but there is still a great deal of work to do.

Developed as a partnership between Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design, Transformations: Action on Equity will create a space in which to reflect on the impact so far and project forward to future action. Building on the work undertaken on architecture, it will also extend the discussion to other built environment professions.

The ABP Symposiums

Transformations is the second Symposium of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP). The inaugural ABP Symposium was held in 2018. ‘Go Back to Where You Came From: Indigenous Design – Past | Present | Future’ was carefully curated as a provocation to explore the role of Indigenous design; the event showcased a range of established local and international First Nations design practitioners across a diversity of disciplines and provided an opportunity to reveal design approaches straddling interconnected themes of culture, Country and identity.