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Gill Matthewson's research focuses on gender and architecture. While she has a background as a practising architect in Britain and New Zealand and continues to design, throughout her career she has returned again and again to the issue of women and architecture. These issues precipitated her MA research which explored the issue of gender as it manifests in architecture by investigating the professional and intellectual presence of three women involved the conception, realisation and interpretation of the Barcelona Pavilion.

The latest manifestation of Gill's research is her PhD thesis 'Dimensions of Gender: women's careers in the Australian architecture profession', which was awarded at the University of Queensland and received a Dean's award for outstanding thesis. Her research is both quantitative - mapping the participation of women in the Australian profession - and qualitative - involving ethnographic research into aspects of the work culture of the profession that produced gender bias.

Gill is a member of the Parlour collective, the activist website promoting equity and diversity in the architecture profession. She is regularly asked to present and contribute to forums discussing gender and architecture.

External positions

Member, National Committee for Gender Equity, Australian Institute of Architects

Apr 2016 → …


  • gender and architecture

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2012 2018

Girl walk: Identity, GIS technology and safety in the city for women and girls

Kalms, N., Condliffe, Z., Matthewson, G., Salen, P., Edwards, A. & Bawden, G. 2018 SOAC 2017. Adelaide, SA, Australia: Australian Cities Research Network, 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

2017 ACA National Salary Survey

Matthewson, G. 2017 Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Association of Consulting Architects. 22 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Breaking news: women are not condiments

Matthewson, G. 2017 Dickson, ACT, Australia : Parlour

Research output: Other contributionOther

Harnessing the power of others in architecture

Matthewson, G. 2017 4 p.Istanbul, Turkey : Architecture Unlimited

Research output: Other contributionOther

No, women do not earn more than men in architecture

Matthewson, G. 2017 Dickson, ACT, Australia : Parlour

Research output: Other contributionOther


2018 Dean's Award for Research Impact

Nicole Katherine Kalms (Recipient), Gene Thomas Bawden (Recipient), Pamela Jane Salen (Recipient), Gillian Mary Matthewson (Recipient), Allison Antonia-Marie Edwards (Recipient) & Hannah Katherine Korsmeyer (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses

Gillian Mary Matthewson (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Munro Diversity Award 2014

Gillian Mary Matthewson (Recipient) & Justine Clark (Recipient), 2014

Prize: National/international honour

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) - President's Awards for Research 2016 - Outstanding University-located Research - Shortlisted

Justine Clark (Recipient), Naomi Jean Stead (Recipient), Karen Burns (Recipient), Sandra Kaji O'Grady (Recipient), Julie Willis (Recipient), Amanda Roan (Recipient) & Gillian Mary Matthewson (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2018

A Design Thinking Workshop for Family Planning Victoria

Kalms, N. K. (Speaker), Matthewson, G. M. (Speaker), Korsmeyer, H. K. (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Crowd-mapping: Workingshopping a new urban imaginary

Kalms, N. K. (Director), Korsmeyer, H. K. (Contributor), Bawden, G. T. (Contributor), Edwards, A. A. (Contributor), Salen, P. J. (Contributor), Matthewson, G. M. (Contributor)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Public event

Free to Be / Design Thinking

Kalms, N. K. (Director), Bawden, G. T. (Contributor), Edwards, A. A. (Contributor), Salen, P. J. (Contributor), Matthewson, G. M. (Contributor), Korsmeyer, H. K. (Contributor)
20 Mar 2017

Activity: Public event

Educating Architects and Planners, 1917-2017

Matthewson, G. M. (Invited speaker)
8 Sep 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference