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

Equity & the interview

Do job interviews in architecture need to be more structured and professional? Kirsty Volz believes a more formal process would help create a more diverse and equitable workforce.
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.
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.
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.
'Mummy, I want to be an architect'

‘Mummy, I want to be an architect’

Rebecca Graham of Prelude Design reflects on some of the barriers to remaining in the architecture profession —particularly for women— and on the support that she has given and received along the way.
Calling all the men — an issue for the whole profession

Calling all the men — an issue for the whole profession

Dani Martin reflects on the recent workshops on equity in architectural practice and calls on male architects to engage in the issues — for the sake of the whole profession.
TRANSFORMing

TRANSFORMing

Belinda Grant reflects on her experiences as she transforms across an architectural threshold.
Against work-life balance

Against work-life balance

Amanda Kolson Hurley argues that it is time to talk bluntly about women and money.
Where do all the women go? I know!

Where do all the women go? I know!

Reflecting on her own recent experience of redundancy, one architect is sadly no longer surprised that there are so few registered woman architects.
Architecture + motherhood

Architecture + motherhood

Samara Greenwood tells her story of negotiating architecture and motherhood so far – interspersed with thoughts from friends and colleagues.
Work/life/work balance

Work/life/work balance

Poor work cultures affect everyone – women and men – as well as the viability of the profession. Andrew Maynard challenges the profession to end exploitative working practices.
The juggle

The juggle

Juggling work and life without being miserable is a big challenge. Sandra Kaji-O'Grady ponders how to do it.
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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