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AAA August Residential Bus Tour Visits the Sunshine Coast


The Australian Architecture Association's next interstate Residential Bus Tour, takes place on the final weekend of August 2015. This year the AAA explores contemporary residences on the Sunshine Coast.

Enjoy visits to projects designed by such architects as Bark DesignTeeland Architects and Robinson Architects.


This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:
Saturday 29 August 2015
9.00am - 5.30pm
$195 (Public) / $180 (AAA Members)


As a bonus for Residential Bus Tour attendees, for an extra $20 tour participants can also enjoy the AAA's special Queensland 'At Home With The Architect'.

On Sunday 30 August the At Home With the Architect visits a contemporary residence designed by Reddog Architects, followed by a special tour of Tweed River Reginal Art Gallery by the designer Brisbane architect Bud Brannigan. For more information about At Home With the Architect, click here.

Book either a ticket for Saturdays Residential Bus tour or a dual ticket including At Home With The Architect by clicking here. The QLD tours are popular and tickets will sell out fast! Book your tour tickets, flights and accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Note: For those travelling interstate (or internationally) and planning to take advantage of both days of extraordinary contemporary design, the AAA recommends flying into Noosa on Friday and flying out of Brisbane or the Gold Coast after 5pm on Sunday 30 August.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Exterior of the Pomona House designed by Robinson Architects. Photographer: Alain Bouvier.
  • Image 2: Little Cove House 2 designed by David Teeland Architects. Image provided by David Teeland.
  • Image 3: Exterior of the Lake Weyba Duplex designed by Robinson Architects, winner of the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.Photographer: Alain Bouvier.


AAA To Take Part In Sydney Indesign


August is a great month to explore Sydney's design scene. Sydney Indesign takes place Thursday 12 August - Saturday 15 August and the AAA is partnering in the event with a special talk on opening night called 'Size Matters'.

Styled on the dynamic format of PechaKucha short talks, three award winning Sydney architects have been invited to discuss if size really matters!

Taking part in the talk are:
Paul Connor - Director of Connor + Solomon Architects - 'Exploring big Buildings, big Paintings and big personalities'

Connor + Solomon was founded in 1996 by architects Paul Connor and Anthony Solomon, the practice offers talents in graphic presentation, sustainable design, masterplanning and interior design. Paul Connor, is both an architect and a talented painter. Early in his career he worked with internationally renowned late twentieth century modernist style architects John Andrews and Bruce James, collaborating with them on a wide range of award winning projects. He later pursued his passion for art completing a research masters in Fine Art. In addition to running his architectural practice he has taught and presented talks on Architecture and Fine Art here in Australia as well as overseas at such institutions as the Academie des Architectes Cité Internationale Des Arts studio.

Caroline Pidcock - Director of Caroline Pidcock Architects - 'Good things come in small packages'

Caroline Pidcock Architects is an award winning firm that was established in 1992 and has particular expertise in residential and community projects. Caroline's practice focusses on the design of sustainable architecture, following the philosophy of 'Living Buildings' and it's application to how we design our environment. Over her career she has served as President for a wide variety of design organisations, including the NSW Architects Registration Board, the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She is also involved in research and development of modular prefabricated flat-pack building systems through the company Origination which she established with David Pidcock in 2013.

Tone Wheeler - Director of Environa Studio - 'Big / small / big / small....'

Founded in 1986, Environa Studio is a medium size practice headed by principal architects Tone Wheeler and Jan O'connor. Environa studio undertakes a variety of projects that include urban design, civic and commercial buildings, group and individual housing for public and private clients. The practice has made sustainability the core of its work, and the driving force for their design philosophy and Environa Studio has won numerous awards and competitions for design and sustainability. Outside of his architectural practice Tone Wheeler is also an author, educator, radio personality and sustainability consultant. He is also the current President of the Australian Architecture Association.

Talk Details:
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Date: Thursday 13 August 2015
Location: 'The Indesign Podium' at Galleria: Australian Technology Park, Bay 10 – 14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
Tickets: $20 Early Bird / $25 Public / $10 AAA Members & Concession/Student
Note: AAA Corporate Members can attend for free

Don't miss out on what promises to be a lively and fast paced exploration of design and scale. Click here to book your tickets.

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Indesign: The Event has been held annually in design centres across the Asia Pacific for over a decade. In every city, Indesign: The Event is distinguished by a coming together of boutique commercial design houses, international and regional, and leading creative figures from the architecture and design industry. Formerly named ‘Saturday in Design’, the event was first held in Sydney in 2003, founded by Indesign Media Asia Pacific, architecture and design media company, publishers of Indesign, Habitus and DQ magazines, amongst others.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Vanessa Couzens

At Home With The Architect Visits Griffin & Mahony Griffin Residences

TheĀ 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)