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City Talks: Gill Matthewson

Event description:

Gill Matthewson –Vajrasana and the quest for non-heroic architecture

Dr Gill Matthewson is an architect and academic committed to understanding the ways that gender contributes to the shaping of architects and architecture. At this talk, along with some discussion of her research findings, Gill will discuss Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk (UK) its collaborative process and non-heroic architecture.

Gill is a co-founder of Parlour: women, equity, architecture, an organisation devoted to advocating for gender equity in architecture, and a co-editor of the Parlour website. Her extensive statistical map of the participation of women in the architecture profession in Australia has been an important base for Parlour's advocacy. This work has been extended into demographic studies of the Australian architecture profession as a whole, including studies for the Association of Consulting Architects. Her work also informs the reporting undertaken by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. She is acknowledged as the national expert on the demographics of the profession. Gill also contributes regular commentary and analysis on contemporary issues in architecture to Parlour and other professional publications, including commentary on the use and misuse of statistics.

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City Talks is an initiative of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. 


Event details:

Monday 11 September
City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square

CPD Points available – please apply as individual activity through RABCPD website.