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

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

Wellington City Gallery with Kusama Dots. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

A talk by MADA Lecturer Dr Gill Matthewson, 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.

City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. Its purpose is to foster discussion about architecture for a broader audience in a city that cares to openly discuss ideas relevant to our future.