PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
Gentlemen, I think we have a problem

Gentlemen, I think we have a problem

Bronwen Jones challenges ACT architectural practices to conduct an industry-wide gender pay audit.
Why working for free is not OK.

Why working for free is not OK.

What are the costs of unpaid staff? Warwick Mihaly considers the complicated issue of unpaid internships and argues that the profession simply cannot afford it.
The architecture of choice: re-framing feminism

The architecture of choice: re-framing feminism

"... society needs feminist architects to identify the political implications of design and planning." Carla Corroto argues for a new function for feminism in architecture.
I count

I count

Why we need feminism – Neph Wake does the numbers.
Why bother?

Why bother?

Where do you go to? Gill Matthewson reflects on the continuing disappearance of women from architecture and why we should care (and not glaze over).
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Getting to the top

Getting to the top

Is it possible to get to the top in architecture and have a satisfying family life, too? Sarah Hurst takes stock of her achievements and ponders the future.
DIY concrete house ring – seeking supporters

DIY concrete house ring – seeking supporters

Linda Bennett (she of Archi-Ninja fame) is seeking support for a new project via Kickstarter. Linda is looking to fund the minimum initial production run and the upfront set-up costs for the DIY Concrete House Ring, as 16-piece kit that buyers can use to make their own rings. She describes the...
Returning to work

Returning to work

Sze Wei Lee reports on the AJ Women in Architecture panel discussion, which canvassed how to manage a successful career after maternity leave, and how to retain top female talent in your practice. The panel consisted of successful women architects – Hannah Lawson, Tamsyn Curley, Christina Seilern and Christine Murray...
Why pay equity matters

Why pay equity matters

As Gill Matthewson comments, this quote she found about sums it up: “The literature shows that pay is an important predictor of the extent to which a person is valued in his or her employment context and, more specifically, of the extent to which this person is perceived to have...
Practices need to adapt to a changing world

Practices need to adapt to a changing world

Is flexibility a cure for an ailing profession? Vanessa Bizzell argues that architectural firms must change with the times to meet the needs of their clients and staff.
Pregnancy Discrimination Review

Pregnancy Discrimination Review

Have you experienced discrimination in relation to pregnancy and/or returning to work? The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on submissions for its ‘Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review’. The national review aims to study the prevalence, nature and consequences of discrimination in relation to pregnancy...
Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

What is "choice" in the context of an architectural career? Gill Matthewson reflects on the rhetoric and the realities – economic and otherwise.
Expanded Architecture

Expanded Architecture

Expanded Architecture at The Rocks is proud to announce the selection of the following artists and architects for residency and exhibition on 8th November 6–9pm as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival: * Zanny Begg * Ross Anderson, Simon Weir and Kevin Liu * Edward Leckie and Lindsay Webb *...
Part-time architects – top tips for employers

Part-time architects – top tips for employers

The value of experienced, committed part-time architects cannot be overestimated. Misty Waters outlines the key issues surrounding permanent part-time employment, and gives advice on how to maximise the business benefits of flexible part-time architects. 1. Value for Money Knowing they have limited time, most part-time architects work more efficiently and...
Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Part-time architects – tips for architects returning to work

Returning to work part-time after a break is a key challenge facing many women in architecture. Misty Waters, practice manager at Bates Smart Sydney, has some tips to help make it work for everyone. 1. Be proactive. Think about your best skills and how you may be able to use...
Space for Dissent panel discussion

Space for Dissent panel discussion

Architects for Peace, in association with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the Victorian College of the Arts, presents a post-election panel discussion. When: 7pm, Thursday 3rd October 2013 Where: Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Panel description is as follows: “The recent Australian federal...
International AASA Designing/Education Conference

International AASA Designing/Education Conference

On October 3–5, Monash University, RMIT University and the University of Melbourne will present the 7th International AASA Designing/Education Conference. It will bring together academics and practitioners to speculate on the future of the design studio as a pivotal platform for architectural education and production, and to consider modifications required...
The 'half-life' of women architects

The ‘half-life’ of women architects

What can the 2011 census tell us about the "half-life" of woman architects? Gill Matthewson and Justine Clark take a look.
Architecture in an Expanded Field

Architecture in an Expanded Field

A symposium from Architecture + Women NZ, on the occasion of the exhibition Between Silos. ‘Architecture in an Expanded Field’ covers the many creative disciplines that architectural training and research can lead into, and be included in architectural practice. The boundaries of what constitutes architecture, and a career in architecture, are...
More on the gender pay gap.

More on the gender pay gap.

Justine Clark reflects on newer, disaggregated data on the graduate pay gap.  “You tell them – girls should be paid more from now on, ’cause boys have already had more.” Sylvia Walker, age 5. Both my daughters looked incredulous and appalled as I explained what a gender pay gap was. The five...
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