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Northbridge Walk


Be the first to experience the Australian Architecture Associations' newest walking tour of the lower North Shore suburb, Northbridge. It is only 7km away from the city, however you feel miles away.

Northbridge like its surrounding suburbs, is a peninsula jutting into Middle Harbour. It has Sailors Bay to the north and Long Bay to the south. It has approximately 2000 houses as well as older style flats and units.

The spine of Northbridge is called Sailors Bay Road, which traverses through the middle of the suburb, giving views to Castlecrag, Seaforth, Beauty Point, Cremorne and Neutral Bay.

Learn about the history of Northbridge and explore its streets to discover a wonderful and varied range of architect designed houses. It still has remains of aboriginal rock engravings and shell middens close to the water.

Northbridge was named after the bridge that links Northbridge to Cammeray, built over Tunks Park.

This tour will give you an insight into another suburb of Sydney which may not have known about.

Highlights include:

  • 1950's architect designed houses by Harry Seidler and Doug Snelling to contemporary houses designed by Marston Architects and Jorge Hrdina;
  • An ex prime minister's house;
  • Take in wonderful views of Middle Harbour.


Tour Details:
Walk Begins: Bonds Corner Cafe
Walk Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Walk Date: Saturday 6 December
Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (Senoirs / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

To celebrate the launch of the new Northbridge Walk tour, participants of the tour are invited to attend a celebration 4.00pm - 6.00pm at Bonds Corner Cafe at the conclusion of the walk.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

Did you know that AAA Members can attend walks for free? Visit our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone' to get a great discount on memberships for 2015!


  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1 (email / article): Lilypad House, sourced from Jorge Hrdina Architects, photographer Brett Boardman
  • Image 2: Bonds Corner, photograph sourced by Ben Gerstel



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



Melbourne's First At Home With the Architect Takes Place


The Australian Architecture Association is excited to announce that the very first AAA Melbourne open house series 'At Home With the Achitect' will be taking place this month on Sunday 23 November.

November is the month for Victorian architecture and design enthusiasts to visit a home designed by Clare Cousins Architects. Meet the architect and learn all about how the residence was conceived and built.

Clare Cousins founded her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA), in 2005 and has since established a significant body of work that has won a number of industry awards and been widely published. Clare was awarded the AIA National Emerging Architect of 2013, an acknowledgement of her proactive industry involvement, as well as recognition of her architectural contribution.


At CCA, Clare leads a youthful and energetic design team in which ideas are debated and developed, resulting in innovative yet pragmatic design outcomes. The studio undertakes projects ranging from bespoke houses to multi-residential housing, retail design, mixed-use developments and commercial master-planning. Each project evolves from a considered response to site, context, program, affordability and sustainability.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community as a mentor, educator, public speaker, committee member and industry representative. She has also been proactive in providing substantial pro-bono services in response to the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires.

Tour Details:
House Location: Prahran, VIC
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 23 November 2014

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

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: Prahran House designed by Clare Couzens Architects
  • Photographer: Shannon McGrath



Keep Architecture Open to Everyone: Pledge on Pozible

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We want to continue providing to you a rich program of walks, tours and talks in 2015 in Sydney and expand our program in Melbourne. We are running an operations funding drive on the crowd funding website Pozible. By pledging you 'Keep Architecture Open for Everyone' and you reap some great rewards for your generosity!

Donate now and be rewarded! Click here to show you love the AAA.

The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is a not for profit organisation that has been promoting a greater understanding of architecture and design since 2004.

The AAA is a volunteer run organisation, and it is only possible for us to continue providing educational programs with the generous support of our members, partners and volunteers.

We are reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $7,500 to help us continue to run and ultimately continue to expand our yearly program of educational walks, tours and talks. We have put together some great benefits in appreciation of your support.


The Australian Architecture Association's vision is that through education and greater understanding, people have the power to effect positive change in the way their built environment is shaped.

Our yearly program includes:

  • Weekly architectural walking tours through suburbs around Sydney that promote an understanding of the unique qualities of Sydney's Communities and environment.
  • Monthly opening the doors of a private home and meeting the architects who demonstrate how clever design can better serve the needs of individuals.
  • Bus tours showcasing residential architecture both locally and interstate.
  • Special talks that provide an opportunity to discover developments in contemporary design and how home grown and international designers can contribute to a more sustainable future.
  • In 2015 we plan to expand the program of our new chapter based in Melbourne.

The Australian Architecture Association is not about promoting individual designers, it is about allowing people to understand and celebrate the value of architecture, urban planning and heritage.

We believe that everyone should be empowered to effect positive change on the way our cities are shaped and this can only happen through fostering understanding and encouraging people to debat the merits of architecture and design.

We want to thank you in advance for your generous support!

Click here to show you love the Australian Architecture Association and you want to 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'!


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Keep Architecture Open
  • Image 1 Photographer: Vincent Lam
  • Image 2: Images from At Home With the Architect
  • Image 2: Photographer: Vanessa Couzens



At Home With the Architect - Newtown House by Architect Prineas


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 26 October and features the work of Architect Prineas.

Eva-Marie Prineas established her practice Architect Prineas in 2004 after working in award practices such as Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners and Environa Studio.

An active advocate for the architectural profession, Eva-Marie was one of the founders of DARCH - the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects. She continues to mentor emerging architects as an educator at the University of Sydney, examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects and jury member for NSW architectural awards.


Exposure to Heritage Conservation areas in Eva-Marie's early career has set the foundation for Architect Prineas' philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special.

Architect Prineas's team work together with their clients and builders to engage in a process of place making. Be it an extreme or intimate change, a reinvention or an enhancement - every project is an opportunity to be part of their clients' distinctive routines and vision for living.

The practice shares their knowledge and love for quality spaces and aesthetic, creating enduring places to live, work and visit.

Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Time: 11am-1pm

Date: Sunday 26 October 2014

Location: Newtown (Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.)

Don't miss out, places for the tour are limited. Enjoy early bird discounts by booking now!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 3D render image by Architect Prineas.
  • Image 2: Heritage facade photo by David Liddle, supplied by Architect Prineas.



AAA Partners in Sydney Design 2014


This month the Powerhouse Museum presents Sydney Design. Taking place from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 August, this years festival theme explores changes in the way we design, produce and consume. As a festival partner the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is offering special festival prices for a number of its guided walking tours, where you can learn how design has evolved and changed.

Discover some of the key buildings of the city centre on the City Walk, or experience some of the rich collection of public art in the Sculpture Walk. Gain an overview of how architecture and the city have developed over 200 years during the Walk Through Time, or rove further afield and delight in a garden suburb on the Castlecrag Walking Tour.


Walks Details:

Sydney City Walk: 10am-12pm, Saturday 16 & Saturday 23 August
Book up to one week before and get a special early bird price of $20

AAA Sculpture Walk: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 16 August
Special festival price of $25 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

Castlecrag Walking Tour: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 16 August
Festival price of $25 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

Walk Through Time: 10am-12pm, Wednesday 20 August
$30 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

With a multitude of exhibitions, workshops, talks, installations and tours, Sydney Design 2014 promises to be a great opportunity to experience many aspects of the way we design, produce and consume. Check out the AAA and other partners on the Sydney Design website by clicking here.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: provided by the Powerhouse Museum - Sydney Design 2014
  • Photograph: Forgotten Songs, 2011 by Michael Thomas Hill
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens



Black Talk - Julian Lipscombe 'A Pulsating New Heart For London'



Cited in a recent article by Elizabeth Farrelly in the Sydney Morning Herald, as an exemplary model for good urban planning, the transformation of Kings Cross will be a primary topic of this Wednesdays AAA Black Talk by international architect Julian Lipscombe.

Julian Lipscombe is an award winning English architect and director of the firm Bennetts Associates Architects. Julian will set the scene of his talk by describing the extraordinary story of the Kings Cross site with a cast list including Sir George Gilbert Scott, Google, Jamie Oliver, Eurostar, Queen Victoria, Sir David Chipperfield, 5000 arts students and many others.

Kings Cross is one of the most dynamic areas of central London at present, if not Northern Europe. A transformative redevelopment is integrating the wonders of its rich heritage with stunning new developments to form a distinctive, energised, creative and well connected heart to the city.


Julian will then focus his talk on the central role that Bennetts Associates is playing in the development through four major projects that also cover the breadth of the practices' work. These include one of the most sustainable buildngs in the UK and conversion of listed railway building into a food destination and media events venue.

Date: 6.00pm - 8.00pm Wednesday 6 August 2014
Location: AustralBricks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney 
Cost: $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / $20 (Students)
Note: Corporate members receive complimentary tickets, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To book your place at the talk click here!

  • Images: Kings Cross Development, provided by Bennetts Associates Architects



July: At Home With The Architect - Tim Greer & Linley Hindmarsh


In July 'At Home With the Architect' offers another opportunity to experience how architects design their own home. Featured this month is the residence of architects Linley Hindmarsh and Tim Greer.

Together Linley and Tim run a small practice, Greer Hindmarsh Architects, that specialises in the design of new houses, alterations and additions to existing houses and small commercial projects.

Independently of their shared practice, Linley Hindmarsh offers architecture and planning services to a variety of clients, including other design practices, while  Tim Greer is a Director of the multi-award winning Sydney firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

Linley and Tim's design for their own home correlates with a recent description by Linley of her approach to architecture - '...I don't see the notion of Architecture as necessarily being confined to brand new individual works of iconic strength and beauty. Rather, I'm interested in the subversion of any kind of 'worn' building into something freshly contemporary and unusual, preferably with some client idiosyncrasy added to the mix.'

House Location: Newtown
Please note that the address will 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 27 July 2014

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Interior of the residence of Tim Greer and Linley Hindmarsh
  • Source: Image provided by Tim Greer



Melbourne Indesign 2014: Short Black Talk by Sean Godsell


From Friday 22 - Saturday 23 August, Melbourne hosts the boutique architecture and design trade event, Melbourne Indesign 2014.

In celebration of Victoria's creativity the Australian Architecture Association will present a Short Black Talk by Melbourne architect, Sean Godsell, which will showcase the RMIT Design Hub building.


Sean has run his own architectural practice since 1994 and has garnered numerous architecture and design awards both locally and internationally. His work has been extensively published in many of the world's leading architectural and design journals, as well as in a number of dedicated monographs.

The RMIT Design Hub was designed to encourage collaboration between the buildings occupants through incidental cross pollination of different disciplines. It was also consciously designed to allow flexible interiors that could be adapted to the changing needs of its users.

You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to experience the national and international award winning RMIT Design Hub as Sean Godsell talks about how the project was conceived and developed.

Time: 11.45am (for 12pm start) - 1.30pm
Date: Friday 22 August 2014
Location: RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton, VIC 3053
Cost: $40 (public) /  $30 (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Click here to secure your place at the talk.

You will also want to check out some of the other great design events occuring across the city. Registration for Melbourne Indesign is free, click here to participate.





  • Image 1: An exterior view of the RMIT Design Hub
    Source: Sean Godsell Architects
  • Image 2: Sean Godsell
    Photographer:  Earl Carter
  • Melbourne Indesign Logo: Provided by Indesign - The Event




At Home With the Architect Visits An Australian Modern Classic


This month the Australian Architecture Association invites you to take a step back into the mid-twentieth century with a visit to the Johnson House, designed by architect Peter (Richard Norman) Johnson (1923-2003).

The family home of Peter, his wife Jane and sons Chris, Tim and Simon, the Johnson House won the Wilkinson award for excellence in domestic architecture in 1964 and is regarded as a fine example of what has become known as the 'Sydney School'.


Peter Johnson was a founding partner of the award winning firm McConnel Smith and Johnson, noted for their designs of public buildings such as the Law Courts, Queens Square, the Sydney Water Board headquarters and the University of Sydney's law school and faculty of architecture buildings.

As a professor of architecture and head of school at the University of Sydney (1968-86), as well as chancellor at the University of Technology Sydney (1988-98), Peter Johnson had a profound influence on the careers of many an emerging architect.


The house will be presented on the day by Meredith Foley and Dominic Wilson, the proud owners, who bought the house after Peter passed away.

Date: Sunday 29 June 2014
House Location: Chatswood
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 - 12pm

Please note the Johnson House will only be open for one hour.

As a private residence this is a rare opportunity to experience a real design classic, don't miss out!

Book your place on the tour by clicking here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens 2014



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