The first Stepping Up session for 2023 is a cracker! Watch this invigorating conversation about challenging presenteeism and long hours cultures, with John Prentice of Woods Bagot, Lynne Hancock of DesignInc and Lee Hillam of Dunn & Hillam.

Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand below (+ CPD).

Lynne Hancock on nine conversations to challenge presentee-ism

Long hours, being always available, presenteeism – these habits, cultures and expectations are deeply entrenched in many, many architecture practices, and in the discipline as a whole. How do we work effectively and creatively? How can we maintain a commitment to high quality design and ensure that time spent at the desk is productive? What does it mean to challenge the expectations of excessive hours and unstated assumptions while valuing the efforts of highly engaged practitioners. Where do we do our best work, and under what circumstances? (It’s not always the same place!)

The Champions of Change Architecture Group argues that the first step is to have honest and open conversations within the studio, and more broadly. To this end, the group is developing a ‘talking toolkit’ to help facilitate and support conversation.

Watch John Prentice and Lynne Hancock discuss this work and its motivations, and Lee Hillam’s response and reflections on her own efforts to think about productivity, commitment and hours in small practice.

Watch the full recording

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  • $25 Parlour Collective / ACA (use the promo code CollectiveACA at the Vimeo checkout).
  • $50 General
  • $11 Concession (students and anyone else who needs it – use the promo code CONC at the Vimeo checkout.)

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One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. These will be emailed the week of the event. See here for the series Learning Objectives for the series as a whole.

Once the questions are 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 and whitelist in your email system.

This session was recorded live on 8 May 2023. Stepping Up is a collaboration between Parlour, the Champions of Change Architecture Group and the Association of Consulting Architects.