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, documenting 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. There is also evidence that, in recent years, senior women have stayed in the profession at equal rates to their male counterparts. And yet the pay gap persists, and other indicators show many women continue to experience gender-based bias in architecture.

Parlour invites practitioners, practices, institutions and all others involved in the profession to download the reports, read them, and explore how they can put this data to work and help create a more equitable and inclusive profession.

Download the full Parlour Census Report (revised 5 November 2018)

Download the summary report

Watch Gill Matthewson’s presentation of the data analysis, followed by a panel discussion with Shelley Penn, Clare Cousins, Ramin Jahromi and Julie Willis. (Note: this starts partway through the introduction by Ben Shields from the National Committee for Gender Equity.)

Read Gill Matthewson’s overview on ArchitectureAU

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