Keep Architecture Open 2017

Support Our Fundraising Campaign

Keep Architecture Open

Dear Friends of AAA,

We're reaching out to our AAA Friends again because we are hoping to raise $10,000.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and its’ your support that helps us train the skilled volunteers who lead our walking tours.

Supporting our fundraising campaign will help “Keep Architecture Open” to everyone!

Your support will also assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2018. With your help AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public about architecture and how it impacts our lives on a daily basis.

In appreciation of your help, we have put together some amazing rewards for your support in the ‘Keep Architecture Open’ campaign.

Please follow the link below and donate as little as $10 to our campaign.


This is just one of our amazing rewards included in the campaign – Ranger’s Hill Mudgee, gouache on paper, 35cm x 44cm unframed,51cm x 59cm framed painting by artist/architect Paul Connor.


Please share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

Thank you again in anticipation of your support.


Annette Dearing
AAA Founding Director

NSW: Join a Special Walking Tour Highlighting Sustainable Design

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Join a very special tour of sustainable design in Castlecrag. Timed to coincide with Sustainable House Day 2017 on Sunday 17 September, Willoughby City Council and the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover how sustainable design can be incorporated into the way we build our homes.

The Castlecrag Sustainable walking tour will focus on a variety of houses showing different aspects of sustainability and the overall impact of Griffin's design for the suburb of Castlecrag. You will have the opportunity to go inside two architect designed houses and hear about the passive solar ideas which have been incorporated.

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'Most architects incorporate sustainability elements in their designs without knowing it, as this is how architects have been taught', said tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel. 'The design principles of the passive solar energy house in Australia are becoming more popular as the public realise and understand the potential savings these principles can bring', said Ben Gerstel.

Castlecrag was recognised as a special place by Canberra’s designer Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin. They made a plan for Castlecrag to be developed as the perfect garden suburb, with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops.

Location: Castlecrag
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors & Student)
Please note that ID should be presented on the day for concession tickets.

Don't miss out on this very special walk - numbers are limited. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Felstead House, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, completed in 1926
  • Image 1 Source: The Australian Architecture Association
  • Image 2: The Sunnyside House, designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture
  • Image 2 Source: Ben Gerstel

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 30 July, visiting a new home in Castlecrag, designed by Porebski Architects.

Designed to respond to its location within the Walter Burley Griffin conservation area, the Castlecrag residence has been conceived as a twenty-first century reinterpretation of houses designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

The brief for the architects was to design a home that would comfortably accommodate a multi-generational family. The original childhood residence of one of the owners, was demolished to build a residence that would more suitably address the north - south orientation of the property and maximise access to natural light in the living areas, while maintaining privacy from the surrounding neighbours.

The final result is a house with strong horizonal forms that sits on a stone podium and has a centralised courtyard. The palette of materials is kept restrained, utilising concrete brick, off-form concrete, timber and copper.


Porebski Architects is a small architecture practice based in Chippendale.

Founding Director Andre Heyko-Porebski has been in architectural practice in Australia for over five decades. His early residential projects, Kurraba Point House, completed in 1964 and Maley House in Castlecrag, completed in 1972, are regarded as fine examples of the development of Sydney modernism.

Andre's son Alex Heyko-Porebski and daughter Victoria D'Alisa continue the firms tradition of creating innovative, bespoke residential, commercial and educational projects.


Location: Castlecrag, NSW
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 30 July 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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QLD: AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for one of the Australian Architecture Association's most popular tours - the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour.

Taking place the first weekend of September, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Design practices taking part in the day include Bark Design ArchitectsTeeland Architects,  Robinson Architects and Sparks Architects. Meet the designers and discover first hand how the houses were designed and constructed.

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Date: Saturday 2 September 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $185 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the bus tour.

Note: As a bonus for tour attendees, for an extra $20 a special Self Drive tour is being organised for Sunday 3 September.

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - book an evening flight on Sunday so you don't miss out on the special self-drive tour!

Numbers are limited, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Tinbeerwah House' Tinbeerwah QLD, designed by Teeland Architects (Image source: Teeland Architects)
  • Image 2: 'Tent House' Eumundi QLD designed by Sparks Architects (Image source Sparks Architects; Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones)
  • Image 3: Visualisation of a two bedroom eco-cabin currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects (Image source: Robinson Architects)

NSW: Last Chance to Register for the AAA Volunteer Evening

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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Now is the time to contact the Australian Architecture Association and register your interest in attending our information evening on Thursday 10 August 2017. 

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who range in age and experience, but share a high level of enthusiasm for architecture, people, and what happens in our built environment.

What do our volunteers do?

AAA volunteers work directly to the associations' Aim – promoting contemporary architecture and design to as many people as possible, and building architectural appreciation in the community.

These architecture enthusiasts broaden their knowledge through researching, learning and delivering tours, and interpreting the buildings for participants.

Our volunteers undertake a training program developing public presentation skills. Assistance is available with research, which sometimes includes a meeting with the volunteer chair and other volunteer tour leaders to discuss the concept of a particular building.

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So what qualities do you need to become a AAA Volunteer?

  • An enthusiasm for design, architecture and the built environment is a must! Previous formal education on the subject of architecture is not necessary. 
  • Confidence in your ability to learn how to present to small groups of people.
  • As the majority of our tours are presented in English, you'll need good verbal skills in English.
  • Willingness to undertake the AAA training program, which takes place over a series of Saturdays. You'll also be keen to support existing tour leaders after you've successfully completed training.

AAA Volunteers gather together over various times in the year to discuss feed-back on existing tours and to share ideas on new tours, and to socialize.

Don't hesitate to register your interest in attending the volunteer information night by clicking here.

Join the AAA team.
Interpreting architecture and design to the public through guided tours.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour participants on the Redfern Walk with AAA tour leaders and architects Terence Yong and Kian Lee Khoo
  • Image 2: Tour participants on the McMahons Point Walk with AAA tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel
  • Image 3: Tour participants on the Sculpture Walk with AAA tour leader and interior designer Vanessa Couzens