Please join Parlour and the Institute’s National Committee for Gender Equity as we launch the Parlour Census Report and plot our course for 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. 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 – Clare Cousins, Shelley Penn and Ramin Jahromi of Cox Architecture.

The event will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. See below to register for this.


6–8pm, Tuesday 23 October


Level 2
Australian Institute of Architects
41 Exhibition Street


Book to attend the event in Melbourne here (be quick)

Live stream

Register for the live stream here (Live streaming is being organised through the Institute system. Those who aren’t members of the Institute will need to sign up as a contact to be able to register. This is a free live stream – ignore the online purchase portal heading.)