On Presenteeism

29 April 2023

We are delighted to announce the return of Stepping Up for 2023. Join the ACA, Parlour and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for excellent online CPD events and editorial content on practical approaches to improve equity in architecture and built environment practices.

We start this year’s series with Stepping Up on Presenteeism – join us for an invigorating conversation with John Prentice of Woods Bagot, Lynne Hancock of DesignInc and Lee Hillam of Dunn & Hillam.


Always available, long hours, presenteeism – these habits, cultures and expectations are deeply entrenched in 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. Come along to hear 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. Get started by reading Lee’s 2017 essay “Go Hard or Go Home”.


Online, 8 May

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


$25 ACA members / Parlour Collective
$40 General
$11 Concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc)
We operate on an honesty system – select the ticket type that aligns with your circumstances. If you haven’t yet joined the Parlour Collective, join now to access discount pricing and many other benefits, and to support Parlour’s ongoing work!


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.

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 parlour@parlour.org.au in your email system.


Book below for Stepping Up on Presenteeism and future 2023 sessions. If this link doesn’t work on your device head to the trybooking site. 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.