Last week, Crone Architects and SJB Architects chaired a Champions of Change (CoC) morning tea at the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) in Tusculum.
The inaugral event will be a regular session whereby the CoC leaders, invite architects, partners and their children to a morning tea session to discuss Gender Equity in the Workplace. The CoC members gave an update on the Champions of Change program and discussed collectively the difficulties for parents re-entering the work place after extended leave. The sessions will be an open forum to discuss Gender Equity and the Agreed Actions proposed by the CoC group. These include the following key areas;
Modify Culture of being Always Available
Plan Careers Early
On Ramp, Off Ramp and everything else in between: Enabling successful career breaks and part-time work
Reflect on Personal Leadership Style using the Leadership Shadow model
Launch a Panel Pledge campaign within Architecture
We had a great turnout on Monday of approximately 25 mums and dads and prams. There were quiet a few vocal parents and young ones who contributed to the discussions which made the morning tea very productive.
Representing Crone architects was Erica Teicher, Eva Ponsati and Anna Van Hees. Anna provided great insight into her experiences having recently come back from a parental leave break.
Crone provided a briefing on the firms commitment to Diversity in the office and highlighted areas they would like to improve in the future.
You can find our presentation slides on the link below;
A good article by Carter Williamson Architects promoting Crone’s participation as well as 9 other leading Australian Architectural firms, in the Champion of Change (COS) Program, run by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter. The COS program is about promoting gender equality in the workplace.
It is a great pleasure being involved in the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), NSW Chapter Mentoring Program this year. As a first timer in the program, I was a bit concerned about what was expected of me, but the AIA provided exceptional support and training sessions to help Mentors and Mentees get the most out of their sessions.
What made the job even easier was being matched with Daniel Stukel Beasly and his wife Tobhiyah Stone Feller, who are founders of their practice named Stukel Stone Architects. It is a very interesting marriage of Architecture and Theatre which brings to the firm a unique spin on design. Together we have identified clear goals in our sessions and I am amazed at how quickly these are being achieved. Looking forward to seeing the firm grow even more over the next few years!