Several women architects from leading Sydney architecture practices are gathering at BVN’s Sydney Studio on 8 March to celebrate the International Women’s Day with a PechaKucha talk.

All the participants are from architecture practices that are members of the Male Champions of Change (MCC) programme, run by the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. These practices include Woods Bagot, Architectus, Bates Smart, Carter Williamson, Cox Richardson, Crone, Hassell, PTW and SJB Architects.

BVN Principal Ninotschka Titchkosky explains that it’s very important for women architects to come together as united colleagues, despite being competitors, on big issues such as gender equality on occasions like International Women’s Day.

The Institute’s Male Champions of Change are developing ideas and processes to improve gender equity in the architecture profession. MCC’s principles are based on the programme established by Elizabeth Broderick, the previous Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner that requires changes to gender equity to be driven by men in leadership positions, using their influence to ensure women are more equally represented in leadership roles.