At Home With the Architect: Peter Muller's Castlecrag House


This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Castlecrag to explore a house by the celebrated Sydney Regionalist architect Peter Muller. Come and see this very special house known as the McArthur House. Listen to local architect Ben Gerstel, talk about the McArthur house and lead you through this special residence.

Peter Muller established his practice in 1953 and predominantly designed domestic architecture in Sydney. Peter was initially influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic philosophy of the relationship between the site and the architecture.

Some of Peter Muller's work includes the Hoyts Cinema Centre in Melbourne and in South Australia. Over his career he has designed over 50 houses around Australia and overseas including ‘The Michell House’ on Robe Terrace, Adelaide (1964) and the Head Office of I.P.E.C. in Frewville, Adelaide. Conversely, his works in Bali, Indonesia, where he first visited in 1970, such as the Oberoi and Amandari hotels had a strong cultural and spiritual presence.

Tour Details:
Location: Castlecrag
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 27 September 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.

  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Images: McArthur Residence
  • Images Source: Ben Gerstel


Sydney Design 2015

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2015 sees Sydney Design return for its 19th year, making it one of the world’s longest running design festivals. This year’s program brings together an exciting array of design disciplines which we’ve coupled into Architecture & Interior, Product & Maker, Fashion & Jewellery and Digital & Graphic.

AAA has been a parter of Sydney Design for almost a decade and this year we offer the Sydney City Walk (5 September) and The Rocks Walk (12 September) as part of the Sydney Design program. 

Book now and be part of Sydney's leading design event!

Early-Bird Tickets Available for Sydney At Home With the Architect


This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Coogee to explore the conversion of an Art Deco duplex into a single home. Designed by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects the residence consolidates the existing character of the residence with the contemporary needs of a young family. 

Madeleine began her practice Madeleine Blanchfield Architects in 2009 after working as Associate Director at BKH (Burley Katon Halliday). The small studio based in Surry Hills works primarily on residential design and small commercial fit-out projects.

Since the firms inception they have been the recipient of industry awards and been published widely both online and in the printed media. The Coogee Residence was the recent winner of Randwick City Council's Architecture and Urban Design Awards 2015 - Dwelling Houses: Alterations and Additions category.

As you explore the exteriors and interiors, discover through a conversation with Madeleine Blanchfield, how the home was conceived, designed and built.

Tour Details
Location: Coogee
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 23 August 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.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Coogee Residence
  • Images Source: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
  • Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

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