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Champions of Change

Seeking expressions of interest to grow Architects Male Champions of Change – National call out

The Architects Male Champions of Change Group was established in March 2015 and has undertaken a successful program of work designed to proactively achieve a significant and sustainable increase of women in leadership roles in the architectural profession.

The Institute is currently seeking expressions of interest from members to assess potential opportunities for growing the program both within NSW and nationally. 

The Male Architects Champions of Change National Group Prospectus and Expression of Interest outlines the achievements of the Architects Champions of Change program to date and the commitment and processes required to join the program as a practice member of the Architects Male Champions of Change National Group.

Membership of the Architects Male Champions of Change can deliver important and productive change for practices, individuals and the profession, however, participation also requires the commitment of financial and human resources. Beyond the financial commitment per practice, this includes the dedicated time commitment of a senior practice member (CEO, Director, Principal) and a practice support member/group.

We invite practices who are committed to advancing gender equity and able to provide the required resources to submit an expression of interest in joining the Architects Male Champions of Change National Group by 28 September 2018. For further information please refer to the prospectus or contact Joshua Morrin, Executive Director NSW, who can arrange further discussion with a current Champion.

About Male Champions of Change

The Male Champions of Change (MCC) strategy is a global coalition of men advocating for gender equality. The first MCC peer group began in 2010 with new groups forming across different organisations, sectors and geographies every year, including architecture.

The Architects Male Champions of Change mission is to step up beside women in architecture to achieve a significant and sustainable increase of women in leadership for the profession. Directors from nine large architectural firms have committed to advance gender equity in their practice and will continue to advocate for change in the architectural profession and industry.

Current Architects Male Champions of Change

• Joe Agius, COX • Simon Parsons, PTW 
• Shaun Carter, Carter Williamson • Adam Haddow, SJB Architects
• Brian Clohessy, BVN • Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
• Gerard Cocoran, HASSELL • John Prentice, Woods Bagot                  
• Kathlyn Loseby (Special Advisor) CRONE  


Find out more

Watch the video introduction to the Architects Male Champions of Change
Submit an EoI


Gender Equity Taskforce

The NSW Gender Equity Taskforce (GET) was established in 2012 to support the implementation of gender equity within the NSW Chapter of the Institute. A taskforce branch of NSW Chapter Council, the committee comprises Institute members of various ages and gender from a range of practice size, academia, government and development.

Alongside developing policy and promoting best practice within the profession, GET continue to initiate a range of events and programs including: 

  • International Women’s Day Breakfast: an annual event providing a platform for recipients of the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize for women in architecture to share their professional experiences and insight
  • Architects Male Champions of Change programAdvocating for gender equality in practice
  • GET TogetherFostering new connections, providing insights and practical advice for working parents and carers.
  • GET Talking: Providing practical insights and advice on implementing equity initiatives in practice.
  • Participate: A 2017 National Conference workshop for a collective agenda for the future of gender equity advocacy in collaboration with Parlour

 NSW Gender Equity Taskforce Members:

• Natalie Lane-Rose, Citta (Co-Chair)  
• Monica Edwards, SJB (Co-Chair)
• Samyuktha Pillai, HASSELL
• Shaun Carter, Carter Williamson Architects
• Maryam Gusheh, UNSW • David Tickle, HASSELL
• Callantha Brigham, Paramatta City Council
• Chris Major, Welsh + Major Architects
   (National Committee for Gender Equity)