Congratulations to the Australian Institute of Architects on the new Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize!


Open to individual and groups, the prize recognises “exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance.” The prize was initiated by the National Committee for Gender Equity, which is charged with implementing the Institute’s Gender Equity Policy.

The award remembers and acknowledges Paula Whitman, a keen advocate for women and equity in the profession. Paula’s significant report Going Places: The Career Progression of Women in the Architectural Profession is a key document for research into gender and Australian architecture.


Paula Whitman with husband John Deicke and sons William and Charlie.


Nominations are via the Institute website for individual or groups who demonstrate excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  2. Development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  3. Development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community

The Prize will be awarded based on national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture through:

  • education
  • research
  • advocacy
  • policy development
  • community engagement
  • leadership

Nominations close 16 September 2016.