This episode of Stepping Up turns our attention to sexual harassment, bullying and family and domestic violence. These are challenging topics, but ones we must engage with in meaningful, sensitive and robust ways.

Watch this important discussion with Adam Haddow of SJB, Tara Keast of DesignInc and Gosha Haley of Grimshaw. Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand. (See below for Parlour Collective/ACA concession codes and CPD details.)

#Metoo and more recent developments have led to a renewed focus on harassment in the workplace (and elsewhere). Architecture is not immune, as Suzie Hunt so clearly laid out in her 2018 letter to the profession. Nonetheless, harassment remains under-discussed and under-reported. Our industry is small and tightly connected, and there is plenty of evidence that all-too-often the burden and cost is borne by those who make a complaint, not by the perpetrator. Too many people still look the other way. Others simply don’t know what to do or where to turn when something happens. Some people move on, hoping that things will be different in a new practice, while others leave the profession altogether. Practices may understand their legal obligations, yet still stumble badly when faced with a complaint.

So, what do we do – as individuals, as colleagues, as employers and leaders, as practices and as a profession? How do we create cultures in which harassment and bullying cannot gain a foothold? What should a practice do when they find out it is happening? How can we create policies and processes that promote safety and hold perpetrators to account. And what of those experiencing violence in the home? How can practices support employees facing family and domestic violence?

There are lots of questions, and collectively we must not look away. In addition to watching this important discussion – we also recommend reading the wide range of content already published on Parlour. This includes opinion pieces, research reports and concrete information about practical support available.


Parlour Collective / ACA members – $25 (Use the promo code CollectiveACA at the Vimeo checkout)
General ticket – $40
Concession – $10 (Students, part-timers and anyone else who needs it. Use the promo code CONC at the Vimeo checkout)

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Bookings are open for future sessions – you can book these here.


One hour of formal CPD is available for each session, on completion of the CPD questions. See the learning objectives for the series as a whole.

Once completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

Stepping Up is an event and editorial collaboration between Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture group. This session was recorded live online Monday 8 August.

For more from Stepping Up on Harassment, see Understanding Harassment and Bullying,  How to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace. Refer also to the range of other articles published on harassment by Parlour.