How have feminist understandings of gender and space have been articulated and re-articulated over the last 30 years? How can we challenge everyday discrimination through design practice now?

Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design invite you to a public lecture by Jos Boys, co-founder of Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative.


From Matrix to muf (and beyond)

Drawing on her experiences in London and the UK as a teacher, designer and community activist, Jos will discuss two examples of radical architectural practice – Matrix feminist architects’ practice (1979–1995), which she co-founded, and muf (1990–), now led by Liza Fior and Katherine Clarke. By returning to these community-based design practices, Jos will explore how each offers ways to answer back to, connect with, and speak differently of, conventional architecture.

The talk investigates the spaces and opportunities opened up by contemporary feminist architecture and design and how these can critically and creatively disrupt existing gender and other stereotypes. Jos asks: How can we challenge everyday discrimination through design practice.


6 pm, Tuesday, 13 October, 2015.


Theatre 1, Room G04, Building 155 (Old Geology), University of Melbourne


Please book online here – this is a free event, but spaces are limited.

NOTE: The Dean’s Lecture is on the same evening at 7 pm – after listening to Jos Boys you can walk over to the Melbourne School of Design Building to hear the Vicente Guallart talk, The Self-Sufficient city: Envisioning the habitat of the future.