Parlour Fights Gender Inequality in Architecture with Comprehensive Guidelines

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As the fastidious debate about why women leave the architecture profession rages on, Parlour has proactively released a set of guides – which they have been working on since 2011 – “to promote more equitable working conditions within the industry.” 

In , architecture graduates are split equally between the genders, but only 20% of registered architects are female – a statistic which resonates in other countries. In the United states, for example, women make up over 40% of architecture students, but only 23% of the profession. This disparity has proven difficult to explain because all too often women and men are lumped into uniform categories, all with the same wants and needs. Fortunately, Parlour’s research team took a more comprehensive approach to the creation of their guides, understanding that “there is no one reason for women’s significant under representation in architecture and no one solution.” Each of the guides explained, after the break.

Great Ocean RD / ITN Architects

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Architects: ITN Architects
Location: Great Ocean Road, Fairhaven VIC 3231,
Built: Dunstan
Photographs: Aidan Halloran

Ormond Road Apartments / Jost Architects

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Architects: Jost Architects
Location: Ormond Road, VIC 3184, Australia
Architect In Charge: Patrick Jost
Design Team: Nina Caple
Interiors: , Nina Caple (Mini Living)
Builder: Liberty Builders
Photographs: Andrew Wuttke, Shannon McGrath

Bendigo Library / MGS Architects

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Architects: MGS Architects
Location: VIC,
Design Architect: Joshua Wheeler, Eli Giannini
Project Architect: Chantelle Chiron, Ryan de Winnaar, Rob Compagnino, Kit Kietgumjorn, Babak Kahvazdeh, Gary Yeoh, Sue Buchanan
Area: 4,010 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Latreille

Griffith University G11 Library / ThomsonAdsett

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Architects: ThomsonAdsett
Location: University Drive, QLD 4215,
Client: Griffith University
Year: 2013
Photographs: Angus Martin

Parure House / Architects EAT

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Architects: Architects EAT
Location: VIC,
Area: 165.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: James Coombe , Courtesy of Architects EAT

Capri on Via Roma / BDA Architecture

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Architects: BDA Architecture
Location: Isle Of Capri, Surfers Paradise,
Project Architect: Adam Beck
Design Architect: Steve McCracken
Area: 7,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Open House / Architects EAT

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Architects: Architects EAT
Location: , VIC,
Photographs: James Coombe

Northcote Residence / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Architect In Charge: Jeremy Wolveridge
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Three Parts House / Architects EAT

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Architects: Architects EAT
Location: 2/227 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC 3141,
Project Architect: Albert Mo, James Coombe
Area: 520.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Earl Carter, James Coombe

North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club / Durbach Block Jaggers + Peter Colquhoun

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Architects: Durbach Block Jaggers, Peter Colquhoun
Location: NSW 2026, Australia
Design Team: Neil Durbach, Camilla Block, David Jaggers, Stefan Heim, Erin Field, Deborah Hodge, Mitchell Thompson, Lisa Le Van
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers

HASSELL, COX Architecture, HKS To Design Australia’s Largest Sporting Precinct

Burswood Peninsula Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Government of Western Australia

The West Australian government has confirmed, HASSELL, COX Architecture and HKS will collaborate to design Australia’s largest ever stadium project. The $900million project will see ’s Burswood Peninsula transformed into a world-class sporting precinct by 2018. Included in the master plan is a new stadium that will hold some 60,000 spectators, a public tennis facility, significant transport infrastructure upgrades, such as a new train and bus station, and large public parklands. As negotiations continue between the firms and the West Australian Government, we should expect to see detailed drawings of the scheme by at least July with construction expected to begin by the end of this year.

Cliff Top House / Luigi Roselli

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Architects: Luigi Roselli
Location: Queens Park, NSW,
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Naoko Nishizu
Project Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Carl Rutherfoord
Area: 295 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Edward Birch, Justin Alexander

Raheen Library at Australian Catholic University / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: 115 Victoria Street, , Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia

Cross Stitch House; / FMD Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts

Latrobe City Council is pushing an initiative that would put “wood first.” If implemented, the “ Encouragement Policy” would educate architects and industry professionals about the structural and environmental benefits of in an effort to promote the local timber industry and use of sustainable building materials. Following the lead of the United States and New Zealand, both of which recently established “ encouragement” policies, the council hopes that this will set a precedent that can be applied throughout the rest of Australia. 

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

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Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: Dunn Place, TAS 7000, Australia
Area: 4190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

Glass House Mountains House / Bark Design Architects

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Architects: Bark Design Architects
Location: Maleny QLD 4552,
Architects In Charge: Stephen Guthrie, Lindy Atkin
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Eliza Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

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Architects: Tony Owen Partners
Location: Sydney, NSW,
Architect In Charge: Tony Owen
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners