The Australian Institute of Architects has introduced a new award for leadership in gender equity and named it after one of Queensland’s most revered female architects.

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

It has been 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.


Nominations are sought for excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas: creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education; development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy; and development and implementation of effective practice, and engagement of industry and/or community.

The winner will be selected on the basis of 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, and leadership.

Individuals and/or groups may be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for the prize.


Each nomination will be submitted online along with relevant supporting material that addresses the judging criteria:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the eligibility criteria, not exceeding one A4 page and submitted in a format suitable for publication;
  • Each relevant Judging Criterion (education, research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, leadership) to be addressed individually with total length not exceeding 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;
  • An image of the nominee or the group.


The winner will receive a certificate and sponsorship to attend the 2017 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. In the event of a group being declared the winner, each member of the group will receive a certificate. The group will be required to select one of its members to be sponsored to attend the Awards.

Entry to the 2017 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize will close on 16 September 2016.