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Biography

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 → …

Research area keywords

  • gender and architecture

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2012 2019

Safety after dark: Creating a city for women living and working in Sydney

Matthewson, G., Webb, I., Kalms, N., Committee for Sydney & Plan International, 2019, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Committee for Sydney. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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2018 ACA National Salary Survey

Matthewson, G., 2018, Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Association of Consulting Architects. 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Free To Be: Delhi

Kalms, N., Matthewson, G. & Tanner, S., 2018, Surrey, UK: Plan International. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Free To Be: Kampala

Kalms, N., Matthewson, G. & Tanner, S., 2018, Surrey, UK: Plan International. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Free To Be: Lima

Kalms, N., Matthewson, G. & Tanner, S., 2018, Surrey, UK: Plan International. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Prizes

2018 Dean's Award for Research Impact

Nicole Kalms (Recipient), Gene Bawden (Recipient), Pamela Salen (Recipient), Gill Matthewson (Recipient), Allison Edwards (Recipient) & Hannah Korsmeyer (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses

Gill Matthewson (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Munro Diversity Award 2014

Gill 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 Stead (Recipient), Karen Burns (Recipient), Sandra Kaji O'Grady (Recipient), Julie Willis (Recipient), Amanda Roan (Recipient) & Gill Matthewson (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2019

Australian Rail Security Forum

Nicole Kalms (Invited speaker), Gill Matthewson (Invited speaker), Hannah Korsmeyer (Invited speaker)
9 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

2019 International Women's Day Breakfast

Nicole Kalms (Contributor), Gill Matthewson (Contributor)
2019 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

A Design Thinking Workshop for Family Planning Victoria

Nicole Kalms (Speaker), Gill Matthewson (Speaker), Hannah Korsmeyer (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Crowd-mapping: Workingshopping a new urban imaginary

Nicole Kalms (Director), Hannah Korsmeyer (Contributor), Gene Bawden (Contributor), Allison Edwards (Contributor), Pam Salen (Contributor), Gillian Matthewson (Contributor)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Safer Cities: a co-design workshop led by Monash University's XyX Lab with Plan International, CrowdSpot and Arup

Nicole Kalms (Director), Gene Bawden (Contributor), Gill Matthewson (Contributor), Pamela Salen (Contributor), Alli Edwards (Contributor), Hannah Korsmeyer (Contributor)
9 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Press / Media

ABC NEWS: 'Many women don't feel safe exercising in public, but is bright lighting the solution?'

Nicole Kalms, Sharon Goulds, Sophie Tanner & Gill Matthewson

11/11/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

ABC NEWS

Nicole Kalms, Sharon Goulds, Sophie Tanner & Gill Matthewson

10/11/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

ABC NEWS: 'These sustainable urban design ideas could help Melbourne reclaim most liveable city crown'

Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Pamela Salen, Gill Matthewson, Allison Edwards & Hannah Korsmeyer

22/03/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature