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At Home With The Architect Visits Griffin & Mahony Griffin Residences

The Australian Architecture Association has a very special 'At Home With The Architect' on offer in June. This month you have the opportunity to visit two privately owned historic residences designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Explore Fishwick House and Felstead House, located in the delightful leafy suburb of Castlecrag.


The first house to be featured on the day is Felstead House, which was the Griffin's first private commission in Castlecrag and was built in 1924. The house is quite different to other Griffin / Mahony Griffin houses in the area, in that it utilised the Griffin's design for a modularised concrete block construction system - that is referred to as 'knitlock'.


The second residence Fishwick House, was another private commission constructed in 1929. Built from locally quarried sandstone blocks and situated on a steeply sloped, elevated site with expanisve views across bushland to the harbour, the house is regarded as one of the finest and most in tact Griffin houses.

Location: Castlecrag, NSW
Please note that the addresses of the first residences will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Felstead House - Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Fishwick House - Time: 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Date: Sunday 28 June 2015
Tickets: $40 (Early Bird) / $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience these unique residences, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images: Sourced from Australian Architecture Association image collection
  • Image 1: Felstead House
  • Image 2: Fishwick House

At Home With The Architect Visits Arlington Grove By Smart Design Studio


This month the Australian Architecture Association's Open House series, 'At Home With The Architect', explores a new residential precinct in Dulwich Hill, master planned by Smart Design Studio.

'Arlington Grove', developed by the Galileo Group, consists of 246 well-planned apartments arrayed around a series of courtyards and lanes. With a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments associated amenities such as a cafe, access to a greenway and Arlington tram line, Arlington Grove is a great example of the growing trend for higher density living in the inner west of Sydney.

Established in 1997, Smart Design Studio is a multi-discipline design studio of 35 plus staff offering professional services in architecture, interior architecture and design. Smart Design Studio's portfolio includes master-planning for urban centres, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, retail and commercial fitouts, as well as product design.

William Smart is the founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio and is directly involved in every project, contributing at all stages from design to final delivery. His buildings have received critical acclaim, many prestigious awards and have been widely published in architectural and other publications.

Don't miss out on learning how Arlington Grove was conceived, designed and built.

Location: Dulwich Hill
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 31 May 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.



Special Mother's Day discounted walking tours

Treat your mum to a leisurely two hour walk around the Rocks on Saturday 9th May. Stroll with a trained knowledgable tour leader through this unique Sydney harbour suburb and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony.


Or join us on a tour through the City of Sydney, commencing in Customs House on the model of Sydney to visiting parts of the tank stream and then finding out about the excavation beneath the Botanic Gardens. So much to discover on these 2 walks.

Book here:

Sydney City Walk (10am, 9 May 2015)

The Rocks Walk (2 pm, 9 May 2015)


Short Black Talk by Tone Wheeler of Environa Studio



This April the Australian Architecture Association is holding its first Short Black: Architects In Their Space talk for 2015 in Sydney.

Featured on the evening of Thursday 16 April will be Tone Wheeler of Environa Studio, who will showcase how the unique community building, the Wayside Chapel, was designed and constructed.

Winner of the AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) NSW Architecture Awards 2014 Lord Mayor's Prize and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, the Wayside Chapel was also the winner of the IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Sustainability Award 2014, and was previously awarded the 2004 Francis Greenway Society Green Building Gold Medal.

The Wayside Chapel, located in Potts Point, is an inner city refuge that offers a variety of social programs to the community and Sydney's marginalised citizens. Environa Studio worked on the premises for close to fifteen years, much of the time pro bono.

The design adhers to practices ethos of 'Long life, loose fit, low impact', with the spaces within the building specifically designed to easily enable users to adjust and adapt spaces to meet changing needs over time.

Quoting the AIA Jury, 'What makes this building stand out has been the additional emphasis on less mainstream aspects of sustainability, including a green roof to grow fruit and vegetable crops for the onsite cafe and the use of colours and materials to influence occupant mood and wellbeing - all based on solid research,'1

Talk Details
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Date: Thursday 16 April 2015
Location: Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: $30 (Early Bird Public) / $40 (Public) / $25 (Student / AAA Members)

Note: Students will be required to show ID on the evening.

Don't miss out on hearing the unique story behind the design and development of the Wayside Chapel. Click here to secure your place at the talk.

  • 1 AIA Jury comments as quoted in Architecture & Design 26 June 2014 article '2014 NSW Architecture Awards - Prince Alfred Pool + Park, The Wayside Chapel and 8 Chifley Square All Feature' by Nathan Johnson.
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Interior of The Wayside Chapel - Community Hall', Sourced from Environa Studio website.
    Photographer: Owen Zhu



Sydney: At Home With The Architect Visits Marrickville


This month the Australian Architecture Association's Open House series, 'At Home With The Architect', visits Marrickville to explore a house designed by multi-award winning firm Drew Heath Architects.

Short listed in 2014 Houses Awards, this small house is a remaking of a cottage. Located on a triangular site it presents a one storey building to the street that hides a voluminous courtyard house, that cleverly utilises recycled materials and energy saving strategies.

Discover through a conversation with the architect, how the house was conceived, designed and built.

House Location: Marrickville
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 April 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this house, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Exterior View of the Maloney House, Marrickville, designed by Drew Heath Architects
  • Source: Image provided by Drew Heath Architects
  • Photographer: Owen Zhu



First 2015 Short Black in Melbourne



Don't miss out on tickets for the first Short Black: Architects In Their Space talk to be hosted by the Australian Architecture Association's Melbourne chapter. On the evening of Wednesday 25 March architect John Wardle presents the Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbournes' newest addition to its campus.

Following an international design competition, John Wardle Architects in collaboration with the Boston-based practice NADAAA, were appointed to design the new building for the Melbourne School of Design. Completed toward the end of 2014, this building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design - Education Design V1 Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. Sited in the centre of the University of Melbourne campus, the building sets a new standard for design education in the Asia-Pacific region, and will become a destination for design communities and events.

John Wardle said, 'Far from creating a singular building, our endeavour has been to provide a place for learning and research that in itself illustrates an abundance of possibilities for students to consider when responding to demands of complex problems'.

Talk Details:
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015
Location: Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Masson Road, Parkville VIC 3010
Cost: $30 (early bird public) / $40 (public) / $25 (Students & AAA Members)
Note: Students will be asked for ID on the evening.

To secure your tickets for the talk click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Image: provided by John Wardle Architects. Photographer: Peter Bennetts



Residential Bus Tour - April 2015

Don't miss out on the first AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour for 2015 on Saturday 11 April.


Enjoy a relaxing and informative day exploring inside some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture in the inner suburbs of Sydney. Featured on the day will be residences designed by such architects as Connor + Solomon Architects, Sam Crawford Architects, and David Boyle Architects.

Meet the architects and learn about how the houses were designed and built.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Exterior of the Llewelyn Street House designed by Connor + Solomon architects. Photographer: Luc Redmond



2015 Walk Discounts

Take advantage of the discounts being offered in 2015 for the AAA walking tours.


Don’t miss out on the AAA Twilight Walk being offered in daylight saving for only $15 per person or the weekly run Sydney City Walk for $20 or even better purchase an early bird ticket for $15. A favourite tour is The Rocks Walk which meanders around the foreshores of Sydney harbour, see and hear about the development of Barangaroo and how Walsh Bay was redeveloped.

The abovenamed tours and many more are available throughout 2015. Book now!


Season's Greetings

AAA office will be closed from 22 December 2014 and will re-open on 12 January 2015.  See you at our events in the new year!

Northbridge Walk


Be the first to experience the Australian Architecture Associations' newest walking tour of the lower North Shore suburb, Northbridge. It is only 7km away from the city, however you feel miles away.

Northbridge like its surrounding suburbs, is a peninsula jutting into Middle Harbour. It has Sailors Bay to the north and Long Bay to the south. It has approximately 2000 houses as well as older style flats and units.

The spine of Northbridge is called Sailors Bay Road, which traverses through the middle of the suburb, giving views to Castlecrag, Seaforth, Beauty Point, Cremorne and Neutral Bay.

Learn about the history of Northbridge and explore its streets to discover a wonderful and varied range of architect designed houses. It still has remains of aboriginal rock engravings and shell middens close to the water.

Northbridge was named after the bridge that links Northbridge to Cammeray, built over Tunks Park.

This tour will give you an insight into another suburb of Sydney which may not have known about.

Highlights include:

  • 1950's architect designed houses by Harry Seidler and Doug Snelling to contemporary houses designed by Marston Architects and Jorge Hrdina;
  • An ex prime minister's house;
  • Take in wonderful views of Middle Harbour.


Tour Details:
Walk Begins: Bonds Corner Cafe
Walk Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Walk Date: Saturday 6 December
Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (Senoirs / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

To celebrate the launch of the new Northbridge Walk tour, participants of the tour are invited to attend a celebration 4.00pm - 6.00pm at Bonds Corner Cafe at the conclusion of the walk.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

Did you know that AAA Members can attend walks for free? Visit our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone' to get a great discount on memberships for 2015!


  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1 (email / article): Lilypad House, sourced from Jorge Hrdina Architects, photographer Brett Boardman
  • Image 2: Bonds Corner, photograph sourced by Ben Gerstel


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