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Past Event

The Excellent City Series – Intersectional Gender Equity in Practice

Presented by City of Melbourne


Fri 19 May 11:00am - 1:00pm


Free, booking required


Melbourne Town Hall,
90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Seating available Wheelchair accessible

What do gender equitable cities, towns and public spaces look like? How do we get there? What learnings, questions, and conundrums are emerging from enacting the Victorian Gender Equality Act (2020)?

Intersectional Gender Equity in Practice asks panellists to reflect on what is happening across public, private, academia and advocacy sectors to ingrain gender equity in our built environment.

What design and socio-political processes need to change? Who’s at the table and how are they being heard and enabled? How can we overcome barriers to a just and equitable world?

Gender Equity in Practice is a gathering of people with a drive to share, question, think deeply and shape public spaces that are gender equitable. It is an open invitation to all built environment professionals and interested community members to connect, reflect and hypothesise about how we can move faster toward a built environment ingrained with gender equity. To get there, the panel will discuss enablers to challenges, the need for intersectional approaches, and the value of networks.

“We will discuss enablers to challenges, the need for intersectional approaches, and the value of networks. We don’t have all ‘the answers’, but we’re working on it and hope that you will join us.” – City of Melbourne

The Excellent City Series was launched in 2021, by the City of Melbourne’s City Design studio, to promote public awareness and debate on what constitutes design excellence for Melbourne. Intersectional Gender Equity in Practice is the 9th event in the series.


Jocelyn Chiew

Jocelyn Chiew is an Architect, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer. As the Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne, she plays a key role in creating inclusive and enduring public spaces. Jocelyn leads the city’s Design Excellence Program and is Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Design Review Panel. Jocelyn’s industry appointments include, member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel, and Fellow at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Instagram @thecityarchitect

Ella Gauci-Seddon

Ella Gauci-Seddon is a Registered Landscape Architect at the City of Melbourne. She has over nine years’ experience working in the public and private sectors, as a university tutor and volunteering for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Her diverse experience gives her a unique perspective that draws on these threads. A passion for equity drives Ella. She believes that listening to the diverse voices of community and understanding site is key to developing outcomes that will be celebrated.

Instagram @ellags

Teneille Summers

Teneille Summers uses She/Her pronouns and has worked in local government for 11 years. Prior to her time in local government she worked in the women’s health sector. Teneille has undertaken a number of roles during this time focused on improving health and wellbeing, community safety, homelessness, gender equity and to prevent gender–based violence. Teneille is deeply committed to addressing health inequality and taking place-based approaches to improving community wellbeing outcomes. She has a background in public health, politics and policy.

Instagram @teneille_s

Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano

As Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano is committed to fostering and embedding diversity and inclusion in the built environment discipline. As a key member of the award-winning Place Agency, she has led several Placemaking workshops leading to productive collaboration to advance real solutions and opportunities for positive place-based. She has also co-convened the Women in Transport leadership (WiTL) knowledge network to amplify women’s voice in the transport sector. In the Faculty, she has led the development of ABP’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which aspires to contribute to the shaping of a more inclusive ABP community.

Nikhila Madabhushi

Nikhila Madabhushi is an architect, researcher and educator. Her research-based practice is founded on spatial justice and equity in our built environment, with a special focus on decolonising and participatory methods. These themes were influenced by further postgraduate study in disaster management and global development.

Concurrent to practice, Nikhila is currently a Research Fellow within Fire to Flourish, a five-year transdisciplinary program led by Monash. Her practice-led research focuses on rethinking community-led recovery of built environments across the eastern seaboard of Australia, following the 2019-20 bushfires.

Instagram @nikhila.madabhushi

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