Please join Parlour, Male Champions of Change and the Institute for a Sydney presentation on the Parlour Census Report, and a discussion about future action and advocacy.

New 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 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 and institutional representatives working for change – Andrew Nimmo, Jess Murphy, Leone Lorrimer and Qianyi Lim.


6–8.30pm, Monday 26 November


Australian Institute of Architects
Tusculum (Auditorium)
3 Manning St
Potts Point, NSW 2011

Please note: There is no onsite parking at Tusculum. Please contact the Institute if disabled parking is required.


This is a free event, please book here (be quick!)

Live Stream

It you can’t make it on the night, watch the Live Broadcast Stream on AWS Australia’s Facebook page at

This event is a collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Male Champions of Change (Bates Smart, BVN, Carter Williamson, COX, Crone, Hassell, PTW, SJB, Woods Bagot)


Gill Matthewson presents the pay gap data in Melbourne. Photo: Peter Bennetts.