How are the academics faring?

How are the academics faring?

  • 27 November 2020, 12.30–1.30pm
  • This is a free event, but bookings are essential to access the Zoom meeting.


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Click the image above to watch the chat between Naomi Stead and Justine Clark

Please join Parlour and Monash Architecture for our Light at the End of the Tunnel session looking at what is going on in the universities and how academics are managing – with Deborah Ascher Barnstone and Libby Sander in conversation with Naomi Stead and Justine Clark

This year, architectural education was suddenly and rapidly transformed, with academics dramatically redesigning and delivering architectural education using brand new techniques and tools. At the same time, staff were called upon to be flexible and accommodating to their stressed and anxious students, and to provide unprecedented levels of pastoral care. While all of this was happening, the nation’s universities fell into a massive financial hole, and many schools of architecture throughout the county have previously, or are now, in the process of staff layoffs.

But has it been the year from hell for architecture academics? Are there some silver linings? What lessons can we take forward? In this session, architecture academic Dr Deborah Ascher Barnstone of UTS and Organisational Behaviour expert Dr Libby Sander, will join Naomi and Justine to discuss the wellbeing of architecture academics in this strangest of years.

See you online for an informal yet informative Q&A session.


Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Q & A event series, happening every Friday lunchtime AEST, for as long as we all need it. Hosted by Parlour and Monash Architecture this online talk series is to help our communities navigate the world of work, the futures of the profession and paths forward in the midst of the pandemic.

Each week one or two speakers will be online to answer our questions and yours on a wide range of topics – from the nitty gritty of how to negotiate, polishing up your CV and portfolio, and what to do with an unexpected career break, to broader speculations about the kind of profession we want and need, and how we might best position the discipline for the future.

These will be informal, interactive sessions aimed at equipping the Parlour communities for the path ahead, and encouraging the to actively participate in making the future of our profession.

In the meantime, watch Naomi and Justine chat about the idea, and do get in touch if there are topics you would like covered.

Previous Light at the end of the tunnel recordings can be found on the Parlour website.

Mutual support, solidarity and camaraderie!

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