On Harassment

20 July 2022

In August, 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.

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a considered discussion on 8 August with Adam Haddow of SJB, Tara Keast of DesignInc and Gosha Haley of Grimshaw.

#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. Come along to Stepping Up for this important discussion – in advance 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.

When & where

Online, Monday 8 August

12.30–1.30pm AEST (QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS)
12–1pm ACST (NT, SA)
10.30–11.30am AWST (WA)
2.30–3.30pm NZ

CPD

One hour of formal CPD is available for each session, on completion of the CPD questions. A link to the questions will be sent the week before the session. 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.

Bookings

ACA / Parlour Collective members – $25
General ticket – $40
Concession – $10 (students, part-timers and anyone else who needs it)

We operate on an honesty system – select the ticket type that aligns with your circumstances. Any proceeds over and above the costs of delivering the Stepping Up program will be set aside for future equity projects led by Parlour.

Bookings are open for all sessions. If you would like to book multiple sessions, select the first session and head to the checkout. Then, in the pop-up window, select ‘Buy more tickets’ to add more sessions before making payment.


Stepping Up is an event and editorial collaboration between the ACA, Parlour and the Champions of Change Architecture group.