The Architects Group was established in response to the distinct under-representation of senior women in Australian architecture. Nine practices came together in 2015 and a second Group of seven architectural practices joined the Champions of Change Coalition in 2019. The intent is to amalgamate the two Groups in 2021.

In 2020, the 18 Members collectively lead over 3,000 employees, in 11 jurisdictions. Critical to the success of the Architects Group is recognising the smaller organizational footprint and resources of these practices. They are large architecture businesses but small organisations when compared to many corporate entities. The partnership model found in many architectural practices requires strong internal stakeholder buy-in to execute and implement change. In response, we have innovated a more agile, distributed model which involves over 50 Implementation Leaders working across the two Groups to engage, lead and implement alongside Champions.

The Architects Group is proud to stand with Australia’s corporate giants and showcase how smaller organisations and those with different entity structures can address gender equality.

Group Convenor

Jess Murphy

Dr Jess Murphy


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Dr Jess Murphy spent 20+ years in the corporate world, holding various senior leadership roles in the Financial Services industry. During that time, her passion for accelerating firm-wide organisational transformation propelled her to the forefront of the inclusion movement.

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Jess has deep expertise in connecting with individuals and facilitating impactful experiences with diverse groups. Her ability to create safe spaces to share different perspectives and constructively challenge ensures effective experiences and action-orientated outcomes.

Jess currently holds an Adjunct Professorship, has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from the Australian Graduate School of Leadership and is also a Life Fellow.

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