Parlour: women, equity, architecture is a non-profit advocacy and research organisation based in Australia, which provides a “space to speak” about gender and architecture.
As a group of activists and advocates Parlour aims to generate debate and discussion. As researchers and scholars we provide serious analysis and a firm evidence base for change. As women active in architecture we seek to open up opportunities and broaden definitions of what architectural activity is and might be.
The Parlour website is an important part of this work. A site for active exchange and discussion, it brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture. A particularly important resource developed by the Parlour team is the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, which offer practical support and ideas to facilitate a more equitable profession. Parlour was also instrumental in developing the Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Policy. Parlour is also a partner in the WikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design project, and developed the WikiD Guide to Editing Wikipedia, which provides a simple clear guide for those new to Wikipedia.