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.
On Thursday this week, architectural leaders from 10 of the top architectural firms in Australia, signed a Charter for the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter), Champions of Change initiative. Principals of the 10 firms met at the AIA offices at Tusculum and agreed to work together over a 12 month period to promote and support equitable workplaces within the architectural profession. Firms signing the charter included; Crone Partners, Cox, Architectus, Hassell, BVN, SJB, Woods Bagot, PTW and Batessmart.
The Champions of Change Program has a simple theory behind it; men of influence have the capacity to change the status quo.
Crone Partners look forward to learning more about how we can contribute to this program and as a collective group find creative ways to help change the work environment in Australia. Our aim is to be a more rich, diverse and flexible work place attracting the best talent into the architectural profession and providing men and woman with equal opportunities.
At Crone we promote Diversity in all facets; gender, cultural, age and skills.