AAA Residential Bus Tour - Sydney


Explore some of the Sydney’s most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture. The next AAA Residential Bus Tour takes place on Saturday 21 November. Hear about the design process from the architects of the houses and see firsthand the value of good design.

Practices featured on the day include: Bijl Architecture, Connor + Solomon Architects, Ben Gerstel Architecture, Jorge Hrdina Architects and Marston Architects.

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:

Date: Saturday 21 November 2015

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Don't miss out on securing your place on the tour tickets sell out fast! Click here.


  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Images: Castle Cove House by Marston Architects (provided by the Vivianne Marston)

Victoria: Last Chance To Get Tickets For Villa Marittima By Architect Robin Williams


Time is running out to get tickets to explore an award winning residence at St Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. The AAA'S Victorian At Home With the Architect open house series explores the home of architect Robin Williams on Sundey 8 November. Meet Robin Williams and discover how the interiors and exteriors of the Villa Marittima were designed and constructed.

The Australian Architecture Association’s Victorian At Home With the Architect is partnering this month with the Robin Boyd Foundation and taking part in their open house series ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’. Two private architect designed homes will be opened this month with Villa Marittima debuting at the beginning of the month and Hills Plain House designed by Wolveridge Architects as the finale at the end of the month.


Villa Marittima was designed by Robin Williams in 2014 and was the recent winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) 2015 Architecture Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New). Villa Marittima has also been short listed in the Australian Institute of Architects National Residential Architecture - Houses (New) award. Winners of the National Architecture Awards as judged by the National Jury will be announced on the 5 November. In the lead up to the Jury selection the residence has just received the 2015 National Architecture Awards People’s Choice Award.

Commenting on Robin William’s design the Jury stated “This home presents a memorable series of living experiences which arise from unique architectural responses to site, brief and the surrounding landscape.”

An unconventional experiment in applying a Japanese inspired aesthetic of simplicity with ramped and horizontal interconnecting spaces, the design of the translucent polycarbonate clad home focuses on maximising light and the creation of visual and spacial links with water and the surrounding beauty of the landscape.

Robin Williams runs his own practice Robin Williams Architect (RWA) and was a former Local Government Architect / Planner at the City of Fitzroy.

At Home With the Architect Tour Details:
Location: St Andrews Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Please note that the address will only be sent to ticket holders in the days preceding the tour.
Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Date: Sunday 8 November 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

For more information about the Robin Boyd Foundation ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’ click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Villa Marittima 2014 - sourced from Robin Williams Architect 
  • Photographer: Dean Bradley

Keep Architecture Open 2015

Donate Now and Be Rewarded!

Since 2004, our program of walks, talks and tours enhanced public understanding and appreciation of architecture.   We have conducted over 1200 walks, about 50 talks and opened 250 homes for the Australian public.


Our weekly architecture walks OPEN architecture to everyone.  Conducted by our dedicated volunteers, we explain architectural design with minimum jargons so everyone can understand the thought process behind the pieces of architecture around us.    Our core group of 25 trained volunteer guides are passionate about architecture and form the backbone of our association.  


Our Black Talks, Short Black Talks and other special talks bring local and international architects to our capital cities, OPENing our audiences' minds to the lastest trends in architectural design.   Our past speakers include international Pritzker Prize Laureates as well as award winning local architects. 


Our Bus Tours and At Home with the Architect series OPEN private homes to the public.  Not only one can experience the well designed spaces, we also have the architect there most of the time to show our participants around and explain the design.

Our target is to raise over $10,000.  This will help us continue our current program of walks, talks and tours for the general public in 2016.  If we can raise $20,000, we will be able to expand our program in NSW and other states. Since 2014 we have developed a small program with the assistance of a passionate volunteer architect in Victoria, however, we need your support to sustain this program and grow in more states.

Please OPEN your wallet, support this fundraising campaign and help "Keep Architecture Open" to everyone!  In appreciation of your help, we have put together some great rewards for your support of the "Keep Architecture Open" campaign!  The Rewards include our popular walks and tours, books and magazines, memberships and a framed drawing!

Click here and show your support!

At Home With the Architect: Caroline Pidcock's Home


This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits The Rocks to explore a heritage listed Victorian era terrace updated to accommodate the contemporary needs of its architect / urban planner owners, Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

Located at the heart of Millers Point, the residence demonstrates how principles of sustainability can be aligned with heritage requirements preserving the best of the past for a great future.

‘Apart from the joy of enabling us to live in an amazing area which is embedded with the history and culture of early white settlement in Australia, there are a number of changes that will increase our enjoyment of this great place’, says owners Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

A strong focus on retaining and restoring as many of the existing elements as possible, recycling materials and the thoughtful insertion of new elements allows the history to be fostered while new living patterns are enabled.

Water tanks, solar panels and heat pumps are hardly obvious as they facilitate a low impact lifestyle.


Caroline Pidcock is the Director of Pidcock Architecture and Sustainability, 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.

John Mcinnerney is an Architect and Urban Designer, campaigner for sustainable environmental and social policies and current Chair of the Millers Point - Dawes Point - The Rocks - Walsh Bay - Residents Action Group. He is a past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, former head planner for the City of Melbourne, Manager of Planning and Past Deputy Lord mayor for the City of Sydney and the ACT Commissioner for Land and Planning 1997-2004.

Location: Millers Point
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 25 October 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: McInerney Pidcock Residence
  • Images Source: Caroline Pidcock