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Portraits of Practice

Women in architecture

'Portraits of Practice' portrays the minutiae of an ordinary day in the life of a (woman) architect.

The main series of photographs, each taken in one of three large architecture offices in Sydney across a single day in 2012, includes more than two hundred images capturing the people and culture of these workplaces. 'Portraits of Practice' documents the atmosphere, ethos, and material culture of these offices and the individuals who work there.

The images portray the minutiae of an ordinary day in the life of a (woman) architect, presenting a “visual archealogy of a particular architectural socio-culture at one historic moment” while also “increasing the visibility of women architects and their achievements within architecture.”

A second collection of portrait photographs – Documentation: The Visual Sociology of Architects, was also taken at a particular historic moment, over the course of the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference in 2010.

The exhibition will also become a space to discuss issues around gender equity in architecture, progressive social representation and to shape what future practice looks like. and what future practice will look like. As such the exhibition will be accompanied with a series of talks and events throughout the exhibition.

Portraits of Practice is curated and designed by Naomi Stead, Maryam Gusheh, Justine Clark, Fiona Young and Gill Matthewson. Typography and infographics are by Catherine Griffiths. Photography is by Nick Bassett, shot on location at Bates Smart, BVN and PTW in Sydney.

The exhibition is supported by the Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, and by ATCH, University of Queensland.

Parlour is a collective of researchers, scholars and activists working towards gender equity in architecture.