Parlour and the University of Melbourne are set to host a day of discussion and debate about gender, agency and remaking the architect profession.

The key question they seek to address on the day(30 May, 2013) is: ‘If architecture was more inclusive would it also be in a stronger position?’

The organisers say that with architecture is in the midst of substantial change, ‘How architects define themselves, how practices operate, and the range of roles and types of work pursued – all is up for grabs’.

“It’s also time for a more gender-inclusive profession, one that assists women and men to better balance professional and personal lives, to realise their full potential, and to stay in the profession,” they say.

Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture will bring together architectural researchers, practitioners and workplace experts to discuss strategies for change.

People are invited along to add your voice to the discussion.

Speakers are yet to be announced.

Transform convenors are Justine Clark, Karen Burns and Naomi Stead.

  • When: 9 am – 5.30 pm, Thursday, 30 May, 2013.
  • Where: Spring Street Conference Centre, Mezzanine Level, 1 Spring Street (Shell Building), Melbourne.
  • Bookings: Please book here
  • Cost: $65, concessions $40.

The event is an initiative of the ARC-funded research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership and is presented in association with the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Transform is a fringe event for Material, the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference, and is eligible for formal CPD points.

The Transform visual identity is by Catherine Griffiths, who also designed the Parlour visual identity.