Paula Whitman
Leadership in
Gender Equity
Prize

2020 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize winner | Parlour | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Promoting leadership in gender equity

About the prize

The Leadership in Gender Equity Prize recognises exceptional leadership and outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance.

It is named after the late Paula Whitman, QLD Architect, university professor and renowned advocate for gender equity in the profession whose 2005-study, Going Places: The Career Progression of Women in the Architecture Profession, is considered one of the most important documents in understanding the expectations of women in architecture.

An initiative of the Institute’s National Committee for Gender Equity, the Prize is a certificate and the costs of attending the 2021 National Architecture Conference.

ENTRIES FOR THE 2021 PRIZE WILL OPEN 15 JUNE 2020

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Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI | Photographer: Simon Wood

Individuals or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity may be nominated or may apply.

The Prize will be awarded based on demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture 

Blackwood St Bunker | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Lisbeth Grossman

 Submissions are made via an online portal.

Parlour | 2020 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize winner | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

 Find out more about our 2020 winner Parlour.

Eligibility

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI with McGregor Coxall | NSW | Photographer: Simon Wood

Who can participate

Individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity may be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for the prize. Nominations are sought for excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  1. creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  2. development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  3. development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community
ENTRIES WILL OPEN 15 JUNE 2020

Judging criteria

Participation requirements / What we look for

The Prize will be awarded based on demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture through:

  • education
  • research
  • advocacy
  • policy development
  • community engagement
  • leadership
ENTRIES OPEN 15 JUNE 2020
King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects| Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Submit the Following

Blackwood St Bunker | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Lisbeth Grossman

entry material

Submissions are made via an online portal and each nomination is required to provide relevant supporting material that addresses the judging criteria, including:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the eligibility criteria (creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education, development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy, and development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • Address the Judging Criteria; each relevant Judging Criterion (education, research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, leadership) individually with each as its own subheading. Total length of no more than two A4 pages.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two A4 pages, referencing the nominee/s’ educational qualifications, career history, positions and experience.
  • Contact information of two referees / nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators. These may be the same or different from your references.
  • An image of yourself or the group.

2020 winner

Parlour | 2020 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize winner | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Parlour

Launched in 2012, Parlour is synonymous with gender equity in architecture. Combining research, education, advocacy and engagement, Parlour’s work has led to significant changes in policy, structure and attitudes across the profession in Australia and increasingly around the world.

Activist and advocacy work of Parlour is based on scholarly research developed through the research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work & Leadership. Other initiatives include: Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, Marion’s List (an online register of women active in the Australian built environment professions), WikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design, Transform Symposium, Seasonal Salons, and the most recent research report – Parlour Census Report 2001–2016: Women in Architecture in Australia which extends the mapping of women’s participation in the Australian profession.

Parlour’s research and advocacy led to the development of the Gender Equity Policy for the Australian Institute of Architects and the establishment of the National Committee for Gender Equity which has successfully championed for significant reform across the organisation.

While Parlour has many contributors, most notably it has been led by six women; Naomi Stead, Justine Clark, Julie Willis, Gill Matthewson, Susie Ashworth and Karen Burns. Each has made long-standing and significant contributions to gender equity. Current Parlour office holders also include Alison Cleary and Sarah Lynn Rees.

Parlour’s compelling and wide-reaching projects work to transform architecture into a more equitable and robust profession demonstrating outstanding leadership in gender equity in architecture.

2019 winner

2019 Winner, Professor Helen Lochhead

PROFESSOR helen lochhead

‘The jury has awarded the 2019 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize to Professor Helen Lochhead for her outstanding and determined individual contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture, and her leadership across all criteria: contribution to education, research, advocacy, policy development and community engagement.

The first female dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Helen has consistently championed the advancement of women through her professional activities over a sustained period. With a reach of more than three thousand staff and graduates, she has used her leadership to actively support women though policy, advocacy and mentorship. In 2017, Helen pledged to ensure 50 percent of leadership roles in the architectural profession would be held by women by 2025; this year, she met this goal within the faculty’s leadership team and advisory council.

Helen’s contribution is exemplified by the UNSW Engaging Women in the Built Environment program, a personal initiative that profiles more than twenty women each year and has connected more than one thousand women in the industry, creating new partnerships and job opportunities.

In her role as New South Wales deputy government architect, she introduced programs to support women to stay in the workforce. As a member of the Australian Institute of Architects / National Association of Women in Construction Mentor Program and through her own private practice, Helen has mentored students, staff and colleagues in Australia and overseas.

Combining her teaching, research, practice and advisory roles, Helen uses her profile to facilitate education opportunities for women in architecture, including establishing scholarships and prizes, and supporting mentoring programs and work placements. 

Helen is a most deserving recipient of this 2019 prize, and we congratulate her on this significant recognition.’

– Jury Citation