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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



At Home With the Architect - Chris Brookes


This month the Australian Architecture Association has a fabulous house featured in our open house series 'At Home With the Architect'. The house will be opened on Sunday 30 November and features the work of Brookes Associates Architects.

Chris Brookes B Arch (UNSW) FRAIA established his practice Brookes Associates Architects in 1983 after working in award winning practices such as Edwards Madigan Torzillo & Briggs (now HBO+EMTB) and Fombertaux Rice Hanly (now Rice Daubney), where he became a director.

Brookes Associates Architects operates out of Balmain in a building designed by the practice. While growing into a boutique designer of individual homes, the practice continues to undertake all types of projects. In 1980 Chris enhanced his considerable construction knowledge by obtaining a builders licence and constructing a number of house projects over 20 years concurrently with running his architectural practice. Chris has also served as an examiner in architectural practice for the NSW Architects Registration Board.


The practice has had many homes featured in 'Houses', 'Luxury Home Design', and 'Contemporary Home Design' magazines. It has won two Commonwealth Bank / Master Builders Association 'Excellence In Housing' awards for new houses. With his design for a hydrotherapy pool building for people with disabilities, Chris won the BHP competition for community projects open to architects Australia wide. The practice has completed many projects for Sylvanvale Disability Services catering for people with special needs. Chris has also won a limited architectural competition to design a golf Teaching Facility building at the Lakes Golf Club, Sydney.

Tour Details:
House Location: Sylvania Waters
Please note the address will be forwarded to ticket holders in the days preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 November 2014

Don't miss out, places for the tour are limited. Enjoy early bird discounts by booking now!

Enjoy a great discount on tickets for the At Home With the Architect open house series in 2015 by visiting our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: provided by Brookes Associates Architects
  • Image 1: Exterior view of the Sylvania Waters residence
  • Image 2: Interior view of the Sylvania Waters Residence
  • Photographers: Real Photo



Melbourne's First At Home With the Architect Takes Place


The Australian Architecture Association is excited to announce that the very first AAA Melbourne open house series 'At Home With the Achitect' will be taking place this month on Sunday 23 November.

November is the month for Victorian architecture and design enthusiasts to visit a home designed by Clare Cousins Architects. Meet the architect and learn all about how the residence was conceived and built.

Clare Cousins founded her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA), in 2005 and has since established a significant body of work that has won a number of industry awards and been widely published. Clare was awarded the AIA National Emerging Architect of 2013, an acknowledgement of her proactive industry involvement, as well as recognition of her architectural contribution.


At CCA, Clare leads a youthful and energetic design team in which ideas are debated and developed, resulting in innovative yet pragmatic design outcomes. The studio undertakes projects ranging from bespoke houses to multi-residential housing, retail design, mixed-use developments and commercial master-planning. Each project evolves from a considered response to site, context, program, affordability and sustainability.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community as a mentor, educator, public speaker, committee member and industry representative. She has also been proactive in providing substantial pro-bono services in response to the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires.

Tour Details:
House Location: Prahran, VIC
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 23 November 2014

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the tour click here.

Enjoy a great discount on tickets for the At Home With the Architect open house series in 2015 by visiting our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Prahran House designed by Clare Couzens Architects
  • Photographer: Shannon McGrath



Keep Architecture Open to Everyone: Pledge on Pozible

The AAA needs you. Donate NOW!


We want to continue providing to you a rich program of walks, tours and talks in 2015 in Sydney and expand our program in Melbourne. We are running an operations funding drive on the crowd funding website Pozible. By pledging you 'Keep Architecture Open for Everyone' and you reap some great rewards for your generosity!

Donate now and be rewarded! Click here to show you love the AAA.

The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is a not for profit organisation that has been promoting a greater understanding of architecture and design since 2004.

The AAA is a volunteer run organisation, and it is only possible for us to continue providing educational programs with the generous support of our members, partners and volunteers.

We are reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $7,500 to help us continue to run and ultimately continue to expand our yearly program of educational walks, tours and talks. We have put together some great benefits in appreciation of your support.


The Australian Architecture Association's vision is that through education and greater understanding, people have the power to effect positive change in the way their built environment is shaped.

Our yearly program includes:

  • Weekly architectural walking tours through suburbs around Sydney that promote an understanding of the unique qualities of Sydney's Communities and environment.
  • Monthly opening the doors of a private home and meeting the architects who demonstrate how clever design can better serve the needs of individuals.
  • Bus tours showcasing residential architecture both locally and interstate.
  • Special talks that provide an opportunity to discover developments in contemporary design and how home grown and international designers can contribute to a more sustainable future.
  • In 2015 we plan to expand the program of our new chapter based in Melbourne.

The Australian Architecture Association is not about promoting individual designers, it is about allowing people to understand and celebrate the value of architecture, urban planning and heritage.

We believe that everyone should be empowered to effect positive change on the way our cities are shaped and this can only happen through fostering understanding and encouraging people to debat the merits of architecture and design.

We want to thank you in advance for your generous support!

Click here to show you love the Australian Architecture Association and you want to 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'!


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Keep Architecture Open
  • Image 1 Photographer: Vincent Lam
  • Image 2: Images from At Home With the Architect
  • Image 2: Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


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