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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


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ARTPark 'Sculpture on the Wharf' Opens This Weekend

ARTPark and The Finger Wharf Management invite you to the opening of 'Sculpture on the Wharf'. The exhibition will be officially opened by Australian Architecture Association President and Principal of Environa Studio, Tone Wheeler, on Sunday 30 November.


Be the first to experience a collection of significant artists in this unique location.



  • Image: Kaspar 'Harmony', Cor-Ten Steel at the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, photograph and invitation provided by ARTPark Australia.


Discover Italian Architecture and Design On A Study Tour in 2015


International study tours are a unique opportunity for architects, designers and design enthusiasts to enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for a particular geographical area or topic. Appreciating this fact, AAA member, interior designer, editor of Grand Designs Australia and Italophile, Kate St James has again curated a tour to Italy especially orientated towards architects and designers.

This tour focuses on architecture and landscape in several locations in Italy, including but not limited to Cinque Terre, Carrara marble mines, Venice and Vincenza, offering a program in partnership with exhibitions and institutions, culminating in a personalised study of Expo Milan 2015.


It is Kate's personal experience living in and travelling through Italy that was the catalyst for these tours that she creates specifically for the design industry in conjunction with trusted colleagues in Italy.

'For our 2015 study tours we offer two departure dates in July and October. Our program draws on our wide network of scholars and colleagues, who have tailored the tours to the interests of our participants', said Kate.

'This 14 day program is the result of extensive research by our Italian partners and is designed for those who have an interest in architecture and design which goes beyond the standard guidebooks, visiting destinations covering a multiple disciplines, structures and geographic areas. Of course we include pauses for leisure and personal exploration of la dolce vita too, as no visit to Italy should be purely academic'.


You will also have unprecedented access to signifcant sites and you will be in great company, enhancing your experiences with debate and input from your co-coordinators, hosts and study colleagues with a wide expertise in a variety of disciplines.

This special study tour focuses on gems of architecture, presenting rich layers of urban history with on-site visits offering insight into urban changes and the challenges of historic preservation and adaptive re-use of landmark structures to resolve contemporary urban difficulties in a country overflowing with superb cultural moments.

Combining the Study Tour with Expo Milan 2015 offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey spanning not just Italian and European, but international architecture with exhibition pavilions and interiors by architects from a host of countries which are spending millions of euro to competitively present and exhibit the best of their country under the provocative theme: Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life.

For more information, itinerary and pricing contact:
Annette Dearing
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  • Images: provided by Kate St James
  • Image 1: Cinque Terra
  • Image 2: Carrara marble mine
  • Image 3: Venice