Dr Gill Matthewson is an educator, researcher and architect based at Monash University. She is a co-founder of Parlour: women, equity, architecture, and is responsible for the data analysis that has provided a significant ground for much of Parlour’s advocacy. Gill has a background as a practising architect in Britain and New Zealand and continues to design. She has a longstanding interest in women in architecture, which has encompassed scholarly work, activism and advocacy from the 1980s onwards. A significant manifestation of this concern is her PhD thesis ‘Dimensions of Gender: women's careers in the Australian architecture profession’, which was conferred by the University of Queensland in 2015 and received a Dean’s award for outstanding thesis. More recently, she has been working with the XYX Lab at Monash University, researching the impact of the gendering of space; how sex, gender and sexuality may limit who and what contributes to the spatial culture of cities.
What does the research tell us about the shape and structures of careers in architecture and the built environment professions? Valerie Francis and Gill Matthewson discuss their findings, in a session chaired by Julie Willis.