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Gill Matthewson's research focuses on gender and architecture. She has a background as a practising architect in Britain and New Zealand and continues to design. 

The most recent manifestation of Gill's research into gender and architecture has been investigating the impact of the gendering of space on how sex, gender and sexuality may limit who and what contributes to the production of, and participation in, the spatial culture of cities. Her particular skills are quantitative and qualitative data analysis and visualisation to highlight these impacts.

Gill's PhD thesis 'Dimensions of Gender: women's careers in the Australian architecture profession' was conferred by the University of Queensland and received a Dean's award for outstanding thesis. This research was 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 also a director of the Parlour collective, the activist website promoting equity and diversity in the architecture profession. She has become known as the foremost 'counter' of the architecture profession in Australia, continuing the quantitative work of her PhD. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD, Dimensions of Gender: Women's careers in the Australian Architecture Profession, University of Queensland

Award Date: 17 Dec 2015

Architecture, MA in Architecture, sex, lies and the barcelona pavilion, University of East London

Award Date: 1 Dec 1994

External positions

Member, National Committee for Gender Equity, Royal Australian Institute of Architects (trading as Australian Institute of Architects)

Apr 2016May 2020

Director, Parlour: women, equity, architecture

Research area keywords

  • gender and architecture

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