2024 Victorian Chapter International Women's Day Luncheon

2024 Victorian Chapter International Women's Day Luncheon


We are pleased to invite you to join us to celebrate the
2024 Victorian Chapter International Women's Day Luncheon

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Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress
Join the Victorian Chapter 2024 International Women's Day Luncheon, aligning with the United Nations IWD theme 'Count Her In: 'Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.'
Guided by the insights of the Parlour Census Report: Gender & Diversity in Australian Architecture, 2001–2021, we will delve into the key career stages of ‘learn, earn, and lead’, which are critical to women’s economic empowerment. This conversation will be facilitated through an engaging panel discussion with diverse speakers and curated round table conversations. Be a part of this dynamic event as we strive to 'Count Her In' at every stage of her architectural journey.


Felicity Douglas - Managing Director at NH Architecture
Felicity is a genuine collaborator who brings a unique blend of calm efficiency and strong communication skills to the role of Managing Director at NH Architecture.  
Her experience running large-scale and complex architectural projects both in Australia and overseas has given her an appreciation for what enables creative teams to thrive. She enjoys building and nurturing positive relationships both inside the studio and externally across our network of clients, stakeholders, and strategic partners. 
Mentoring has been a consistent focus for Felicity. She drives diversity and inclusion efforts at the practice, recently spearheading an expanded parental leave scheme and implementation of flexible work strategies. 

Dr. Gillian Mathewson - Senior Lecturer, Department of Design, Monash University
Dr Gill Matthewson is a director of Parlour promoting equity and diversity in the architecture profession. She is also a member of the Monash University XYX Lab concerned with the gendering of public spaces. In both roles she focuses on building bridges from research into making a real difference in the lives and careers of women in the built environment professions (Parlour), and in the daily lives of women using public spaces (XYX Lab). In particular, she has led the compilation and analysis of the comprehensive statistical map that is at the heart of much of Parlour’s advocacy work. 

Sonia Sarangi - Director at Andever
Sonia Sarangi is a director at Andever, a registered Architect with 18 years' experience, an ArchiTeam and Ausdance Vic Board Member, sessional staff at UniMelb, mentor to many and a Mum of two. 
She is the child of immigrants who then undertook her own migration journeys to Singapore and finally Naarm / Melbourne. The duality of being an insider-outsider as a result of these multiple journeys is one that has deeply shaped her and her practice. Sonia’s portfolio of experience - overseas and locally – cuts across a wide spectrum of Architectural scales from Urban Design right down to custom Residential.

Anne Michaels -  Founder and Director at sheBuilt
Anne is the Founder and Director of a property development company, sheBuilt, an organisation that helps to empower women in the built environment and has over twenty years hands on experience in both property development and property investment.  Anne also has significant experience in, Business Planning, Finance and Funds Management, having previously worked in the corporate sector for many years. Anne currently serves as a Non Executive Director on the Board of ASX listed Hotel Property Investments, the Deputy Chair of the City of Port Phillip’s Business Advisory Group and the President of the Clarendon & Coventry Streets Business Association.

Host  - Georgia Birks - Architecture Media

Zinc at Federation Square, Corner Princes Walk & Russell St Ext, Melbourne MAP
Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 
Time: Arrival 11.45 am to register | Starts 12 midday to 3 pm AEDT
Catering: include 2 course Lunch, coffee, tea, Mineral water, juice & soft drinks


$65 Institute members
$55 SONA & Graduate members (Only applicable to graduate members within 5 years of graduation)
$55 EmAGN members (Only applicable to members within five years of graduation. If you are within 10 years of graduation, please contact: vic@architecture.com.au)
$99 General/Non members
$65 AILA & PIA members  (to apply discount, choose below option, "AILA and PIA registrations only' and enter discount code at checkout)
*Please refer to the information below regarding event seating, terms and conditions about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.

We invite you to attend a week of other IWD Events

For the first time we are also collaborating with the Planning Institute of Australia & the Victorian Chapter at Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, to host a series of International Women's Day events over two weeks.
We are bringing together members and peers across our disciplines to break down barriers, share ideas, and forge joint approaches that align with the United Nations IWD theme. 
We are delivering a range of events that are accessible to more people across the built environment including working parents, part-time employees, and early career professionals, and raise the profile of female practitioners across our industry.

Other Events Schedule: 
Wed March 6 - Breakfast, hosted by PIA To Register  Use the code: LVRD240306B at checkout to receive member price.
Thu March 7 - Common Ground - Young Professionals Event, hosted by AILA Victorian Chapter To Register
Fri March 8 - Luncheon, hosted by VIC Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects Register below
Wed March 13 - end of week networking and closing reception To Register

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*Terms and conditions

Event Seating
We will endeavor to seat guests by practice/organisation but cannot guarantee this.
For any queries contact VIC chapter at vic@architecture.com.au

Please include all dietary and accessibility requirements.

Refunds and cancellations
Terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.