We are delighted that the Association of Consulting Architects is bringing Data at Work to WA, in collaboration with the Institute. Head along to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University on 21 March for a presentation on the Parlour Census Report, followed by a panel discussion about future action and advocacy.

Data analysis by Gill Matthewson shows that women are taking matters into their own hands regarding their presence in architecture, but it also reveals that there is still much work to be done.

Parlour’s first portrayal of women in the profession was published in 2012 and revealed the devastating loss of women from architecture’s senior levels. Our new report updates the statistical picture with data from four censuses, and documents change over the twenty-first century.

We see big increases in participation in some areas, and incremental growth in others. The largest jump is in registration – women are becoming registered at rates that nearly match graduation, and women comprise all the recent growth on the registers. The proportion of women over the age of 40 appears to have stabilised for the first time! And yet the pay gap persists, and other indicators show many women continue to experience gender-based bias in architecture.

So, what needs to be done? What strategies have worked so far? What do we need to work on? How can we put this data to work?

Gill Matthewson will present an overview of the findings, followed by a panel discussion between practitioners in architecture and related industries working for change – Emma Williamson, Taffy Mawire, Michael Gay and Kate Fitzgerald. Architecture academic Dr Robyn Creagh will facilitate what is sure to be a robust discussion.


6.30–8pm Thursday
21 March 2019


Old Fremantle Hotel Bar, Notre Dame University
Cnr Cliff and High Streets, Fremantle


$10 standard / $5 concession


Please book your place here.

This event is proudly supported by Parlour Partner AWS.