Stepping Up on Power & Privilege

6 August 2023

What are the demographic characteristics of practice leaders in the profession? How can they use their position to improve equity for all? How can they support people different than themselves to rise through the profession? Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group online on Monday 14 August for an important conversation about power and privilege.


This compelling session will feature speakers Paul Brace of PBD Architects, Kit Ku of Hayball and Sally Hsu of Bates Smart, in conversation with Dr Jess Murphy and Justine Clark.

The Champions of Change has undertaken a detailed survey of ‘executives’ within some of Australia’s largest practices. The results are at once unsurprising and shocking – the broad demographics of the profession as a whole are not well reflected in this group of leaders, not to mention the society we design for.

So, what does the survey tell us about the characteristics of those who make it to the top? How does privilege influence success and how is power distributed? What does this mean for equity? How do gateways for some people become roadblocks for others? Most importantly, how can leaders use their power to drive change and to improve equity and diversity within their practice and the wider industry?

Almost everyone has experienced some kind of privilege over the course of their career, and most of us also experience bias at times. How can we activate our own power and privilege for good?

We look forward to a striking conversation – see you there!


Monday, 14 August 2023

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


$25 ACA members/Parlour Collective
$40 General
$11 Concession (students and anyone else who needs it)

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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.

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.


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