Transformations: Action on Equity
Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design)
Join the University of Melbourne and Parlour for the second Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) Symposium – two days of lively, incisive and necessary conversation on gender equity in the built environment professions. Together, we will reflect on the impact and effect of recent action, explore emerging topics and precipitate future work.
Transformations: Action on Equity brings together international and Australian speakers– researchers, professionals and activists – who are transforming the way we think about gender in the built environment professions, and are actively creating new futures for these professions and the communities they serve.
Together we will explore how we are already creating more equitable environments, and catalyse further action. How is gender equity reshaping and reinvigorating our professions and disciplines? What action is underway? What demands are being made? How do we each find agency? What are the effects of transforming practice and the professions? How is equity becoming more complicated? What areas do we need to better understand?
The program is organised as a series of discussions investigating key modes of action – organising at the grassroots, leadership through policy, reshaping the workplace, and rewriting history. This is an opportunity to reflect on recent action, and to grapple with the work still required. The symposium will also seek to expand our knowledge through exploratory conversations on key topics that intersect with and expand understandings of gender equity.
Organising, sharing knowledge and collective action are all fundamental to creating future professions that are more equitable, robust and effective. We must do this together – please join us at Transformations!
Transformations is for everyone! People of all genders; scholars practitioners, educators or those active in the built environment disciplines in other ways; emerging or established, we hope all will join us for two days of conversation, speculation and action.
Presented in partnership between Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design, the 2019 ABP symposium ‘Transformations: Action on Equity’ will create a space in which to reflect on the work so far and project forward to future action. Building on the work undertaken on architecture, it will also extend the discussion to other built environment professions.
Professor Julie Willis, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Professor Julie Willis
Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
University of Melbourne
Professor Julie Willis is an authority on the history of Australian architecture 18901950 and has undertaken significant projects researching the development of modern hospital architecture in Australia; the importance of small public buildings in community and civic identity; architecture during wartime and its subsequent impact on practice and production; and the embodiment of nationalism and identity in Australian government architecture. She is currently involved in major projects examining the development of innovative school architecture in Australia; and equity and diversity in the Australian architectural profession. With Professor Philip Goad, she is Editor of the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2012, 832pp), to which she contributed 10% of the entries as author.Her work on the history of women architects in Australia garnered significant attention, being awarded a commendation in the category of Best Art Book Published in 2001, by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, the National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media in 2002, and named a Year of the Built Environment Exemplar in 2004. Julie is past editor of the refereed journal Fabrications and now a Chair of its editorial board, and a member of the advisory board of Architectural Theory Review.
Justine Clark, Parlour
Justine Clark is an independent architectural writer, editor, critic, curator, researcher and media consultant. She is the curator and editor at Parlour: women, equity, architecture, set up as part of a larger ARC funded research project. Justine is the former editor of Architecture Australia. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Auckland and a Master of Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, where she also tutored for five years. Justine was awarded the Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media consecutively in 2010 and 2011.