Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

13 May 2014

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture become a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.

1 - Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

The Parlour guides are addressed to practices, employees and the wider profession. They argue that architecture cannot afford to miss out on the benefits that gender equity brings, particularly given the difficult environment that the profession faces now and in the future. They outline the key issues facing women in architectural workplaces and provide positive, practical, productive strategies and suggestions for change.

The guides address 11 topics, and are prefaced by an introduction that outlines the need for change – and the positive impact this can have on the profession – in terms of the ethical case, the business case and the professional case. Topics include:

  • Introduction: Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice:
  • 01 Pay Equity: Moving towards equal pay for women and men in architecture
  • 02 Long hours: Challenging long-hours cultures in architecture
  • 03 Part-time work: Creating and promoting meaningful part-time work in architecture
  • 04 Flexibility: Making flexible working arrangements work in architecture
  • 05 Recruitment: Achieving equitable recruitment in architecture
  • 06 Career progression: Navigating diverse architectural careers.
  • 07 Negotiation: Negotiating effectively in architecture. 0
  • 8 Career break: Planning, managing and returning from a career break in architecture
  • 09 Leadership: Promoting and supporting women to senior roles in architecture.
  • 10 Mentoring: The importance of mentors in architecture
  • 11 Registration: Supporting women who choose to register

The full set of guides can be downloaded free of charge from the Parlour website.


The Guides are an output of the Australian Research Council-funded project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership, led by Dr Naomi Stead of the University of Queensland. They have been developed by Dr Stead and Justine Clark, working with Susie Ashworth and Neph Wake, and are published with the support of the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.