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Scholarship of Design
Exhibiting the Workaround:
Gender, Activism, and Architectural Education
Naomi Stead, Pia Ednie-Brown, Fleur Watson, Kate Rhodes
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One way to question the nature of architectural work and the tasks of the architectural “worker” is to examine the specificity of a related group of practitioners. This was the approach of WORKAROUND: Women, Design, Action, an exhibition at RMIT University’s Design Hub Gallery in Melbourne (July 25–August 11, 2018), which demonstrated an emerging movement of women working within an expanded field of architecture and education. In this paper, we explore some of the processes, conceptual frameworks, outcomes, and implications of the WORKAROUND exhibition, revisiting its central theme—the workaround itself—and its value for enabling change in architectural education and practice.

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