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At Home With the Architect - Second Open Home for 2014


Don't miss out on At Home With the Architect on Sunday 30 March. Discover Jorge Hrdina Architects' restoration, renovations and additions to 'Cossington', the childhood home of Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith.

Jorge Hrdina's practice is based on Sydney's lower north shore in McMahons Point. Jorge Hrdina Architects' architecture responds primarily to their client's needs and to the 'soul' of each unique, individual site and environment.


'Cossington', named after the great Australian female artist Grace Cossington Smith, who was brought up in Sydney and was a radically modern woman when women were not even allowed to vote, consists of a lovely Queen Anne style federation residence with a contemporary addition sensitively linked to the rear of the house.

House Location: Neutral Bay
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird public) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members - quote your membership number in the promotional code)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 March 2014

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




At Home With the Architect - First Open Home for 2014



Don't miss out on the first At Home With the Architect for 2014. Take a step back in time and enjoy the Victorian charm of Mindaribba. The additions to and renovations of the Queen Anne style residence were designed by Hector Abrahams Architects.

Hector Abrahams has been working as an architect for over 26 years and established his own practice in 2012. Previously he was a partner with Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners Pty Ltd.

Hector has a deep interest in the architecture of old places - the repair, conservation or sensitive changes to existing buildings and the addition of new buildings within existing precincts.

Hector Abrahams has revived 'Mindaribba's' character and functionality, all within the existing footprint. This is architecture of continuity not discontinuity. The very opposite of the ubiquitous black box.  The property is now able to function more effectively as a family household whilst still remaining within its original plan. Sustainability is embedded in the architecture approach of making an old house work well, without adding additional floor area.


Mindaribba is the recipient of two architecture awards and promises to be an interesting insight into the sensitive treatment of our historical built heritage.

House Location: Beecroft
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the self drive tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 23 February 2014

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


  • Images: provided by Hector Abrahams Architects
  • Photographer:  Emilio Cresciani



At Home With the Architect - 2013 In Review


June 2013 saw the introduction of a new addition to the Australian Architecture Association's program of Open House tours. The 'At Home With the Architect' self drive tour opened up a series of inspiring architect designed houses over a two hour period once a month. This years offering were all homes lived in by the architects who designed them.

The AAA would like to extend a very big thankyou to the designers and their families who welcomed us into their personal spaces, as well as the design enthusiasts who attended the opens.

Featured in 'At Home With the Architect' over 2013 were:

JUNE 2013: Sam Crawford Architects - Sam Crawford & Jane Crawford's Stanmore Residence


JULY 2013: Welsh + Major Architects - David Welsh & Christine Major's Forest Lodge Residence


AUGUST 2013: Annalisa Capurro - Russell & Pamela Jack's Residence


SEPTEMBER 2013: Drew Heath Architects - McMahons Point Residence


OCTOBER 2013: Carone Dolan Design - George Carone & Bridget Dolan's Queens Park Residence


NOVEMBER 2013: Chris Elliott Architects -  Bronte Residence


The 'At Home With the Architect' series of open houses will begin again in February 2014. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens



Great Discounts on Memberships, Walks, Tours and Merchandise for 2014


DONATE NOW and show you want the AAA to continue to run it's extensive program of walks, tours and talks in 2014. We REWARD your generosity with fabulous discounts on a whole host of goodies. Don't miss out!

We are only a third of the way there in our aim to raise $15000 to fund our operations in 2014. With only a couple of weeks to go on the campaign we need you to show the love!

This is an all or nothing campaign - if we don't make target we don't redeem your pledges and you don't get the goodies! So urge your friends, family and acquaintances to support the AAA and enjoy the fantastic REWARDS on offer for 2014.


Want to know more about the Australian Architecture Association? Click here to visit the AAA website campaign page to learn more. Or simply go straight to the Pozible fundraising site and find the perfect REWARD today. With Christmas just around the corner the great discounts on offer will give you a head start on gifts for the design enthusiasts in your life.


Book Now For the Final AAA Open House: At Home With the Architect For 2013


This month 'At Home With the Architect' features 'Seacliff House' the 2013 Sydney Design Award winning home of architect Chris Elliot. Our Open House happens a little earlier this month on Sunday 17 November. Book now to get your early bird discount.

Seacliff House was designed for a family of four, the architect's own, and offered an opportunity to experiment with ideas. It's carved white exterior is a highlight of the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Designed with the perculiarities of the site rather than struggling against them and a sliver of land, set against the vast Australian sea, the long north and south elevations are moulded with apertures to control light, privacy and views.


Since it's establishment in 1992, Chris Elliot Architects has received a slew of prestigious design awards and been featured in numerous design publications. Their work includes residential and commercial projects and a special interest in large scale architectural and urban design.

House Location: Bronte
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Date: Sunday 17 November

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


Want to get your  tickets early for 'At Home With the Architect' in 2014? Receive a fantastic discount and support our operations fund raising campaign at the same time.

Visit 'Keep Architecture Open' and select the number of tickets you want under our $60 REWARD, which entitles you to a double pass for any 'At Home With the Architect' self drive tour in 2014.

This great discount offer ends 12.00pm EST on Tuesday 19 November 2013.




Keep Architecture Open

Donate Now and Be Rewarded!

Over the past 10 years, we have opened close to two hundred homes to the public; held over a thousand walks and invited Australian and international speakers to openly share their designs to combined Australian audiences reaching the thousands.

‘How do we create an environment and a demand for design excellence?'

Architecture and design is around us every day and affects the way we work, the way we act and react. We believe that people should have the opportunity to experience first hand the value of good design.

All our events have been made possible by our team of volunteers, with the support of our members and event partners. However, after the global financial crisis, we have not been able to secure a major financial sponsor as we did in the first 5 years. This has impacted on our ability to run as many events as we wanted and also stopped us from expanding our program interstate.

This is why we believe this Pozible campaign will help to "Keep Architecture Open" for you!

We're reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $15,000. This will help us continue to hold walks, talks and tours in 2014 in NSW and make them available to more people. However, our ambition does not stop in NSW! If we can raise $25000, we will be able to set up and train volunteers in another state in order to start our program there. If the total reaches $35000, you will see us setting up and running a program in a third State!

In appreciation of your help, we have put together some great rewards for your support of the "Keep Architecture Open" campaign!


Sunshine Coast AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


Looking to escape the city over the October long weekend? We have the perfect option for you! The AAA is venturing interstate to the Sunshine Coast for it's next AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour on Saturday 5 October 2013.

Explore some sensational contemporary home design by some of the established and emerging architectural practices in Queensland, including such firms as Bark Design and Robinson Architects.

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

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (AAA Members)

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

As it is also a long weekend in Queensland the AAA recommends you book your accommodation and flights now! Consider flying into Brisbane and driving up to Noosa (it's only a little over an hour from Brisbane) and will give you more options on flights.


  • Image: provided by Bark Design, practice studio in Tinbeerwah.



AAA Open House Bus Tour


Saturday 17 August is the day you'll want to keep free for the next AAA Open House: Residential Bus Tour. Enjoy a relaxing day of sight seeing, visiting some of Sydney's latest residences with the architects explaining their designs.

Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience some great award winning architecture across the inner east and inner north of Sydney. Over the day you will visit houses situated between Tamarama and Kirribili. You'll meet some of the clients, along with architects from practices such as Drew Heath ArchitectsJorge Hrdina Architects, David Langston-Jones, and Melocco Moore Architects.


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

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (AAA Members)
Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

Subscribe to our e-Newsletter to stay tuned for our future program


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs 1 & 2: Tamarama House images supplied by David Langston-Jones
  • Photographs 3 & 4: Kirribili House images supplied by Melocco Moore Architects
  • Photographs 5 & 6: Tir Na Og House images supplied by Drew Heath Architects (Photographer Brett Boardman)



At Home With the Architect


The second AAA 'At Home With the Architect' offers another opportunity to experience another architect-designed house. The self drive tour takes place 11am-1pm Sunday 28 July. Featured this month is the residence of architects David Welsh and Christine Major.

Partners David Welsh and Christine Major established their architectural practice Welsh + Major Architects in Sydney in 2004. Their work has been recognised with several awards for design excellence from the Australian Institute of Architects, which include the Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture in 2009 and the inaugral Small Projects Award in 2008. The residence we feature this month received a Commendation for residential alterations and additions in 2004.


The work of the practice has been published both locally and internationally. The partners and architectural team of the practice are also actively involved in architectural education, having taught at the University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of NSW and the University of Sydney.

The house will be open for two hours and David and Christine will be there to lead you through and talk about the design.

House Location: Forest Lodge
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 28 July
Tickets: $30 (earlybird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)

Don't miss out! To book your place on the tour click here.


AAA & Inhouse Group 3 Take Part in Sydney Design 2013


In the month of August the Powerhouse Museum will present Sydney Design. Taking place between Saturday 3 - Sunday 18 August, this years theme explores the question 'Can Design Save the World?'.

With over 75 exhibitions, workshops, talks, installations and tours, Sydney Design Week promises to be a great opportunity to experience how design affects our daily lives and gain an insight into the future.

During the festival the AAA will present a series of tours where you can learn how design can enrich our city. Our partners Inhouse Group 3 will also present a free talk.

Discover some of the key buildings of the city centre on the City Walk, or experience some of the city's rich collection of public art on the Sculpture Walk.


Explore Sydney's oldest suburb on The Rocks Walk, or rove further afield and delight in a garden suburb on the Castlecrag Walking Tour.

Perhaps you just want to gain an overview of how architecture and the city have developed over 200 years during the Walk Through Time tour. To celebrate our recent graduation of new volunteers for the Walk Through Time, we have an extra special discount on offer over August.

Visit our page on the Sydney Design website by clicking here.

During Sydney Design you also won't want to miss a special free talk by the AAA's partner Inhouse Group 3, called 'Design Vs. Style'.

Enjoy an evening with Alex Richie, Founder and Creative Director of international design company e-2 and "The Chair Maven", Alan Boyd, in a topical, entertaining and irreverent presentation on 'design' and 'style'.

To reserve your place at the talk click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Sydney Design Week Logo: Supplied by the Powerhouse Museum
  • Photograph: The sculpture 'Day In Day Out' by artist James Angus, at the green office building 1 Bligh.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens



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