NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits a Residence in Haberfield

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 30 April. Discover the Federation era suburb of Haberfield, as you explore additions and alterations designed by Sam Crawford Architects. The original Federation Style house was built in 1914 and sits within the Conservation Area of Haberfield, an original 'garden suburb' now part of the Register of the National Estate of Australia.

A problematic 1990's addition has been removed and spacious and contemporary living spaces added: open plan kitchen, living & dining room, media room and attic conversion. Graceful curves of off-form concrete are revealed in views through and past the original building, opening to a minimalist courtyard garden and extension to the rear.

A low-ceilinged garage in the corner of the very large block has been repurposed into a vaulted cabana space, deliberately contained to create a sanctuary and recreation area adjacent to the pool.


Sam Crawford Architects is a prolific small architectural practice based in the inner-west of Sydney, that was established in 1999.

With over 200 successfully completed projects, the firm has an established reputation for design excellence in residential, cultural and public projects. 

Sam Crawford Architects has been the recipient of multiple state and national institute and industry architecture awards. Their designs have been featured in magazines and books both nationally and internationally. They have also been recognised in numerous local, state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Timber Design Awards, Local Government Heritage, Conservation and Urban Design and industry awards and commendations.


Location: Haberfield, 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 April 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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NSW: AAA Takes Part in the Australian Heritage Festival 2017


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In May the Australian Architecture Association will take part in The Australian Heritage Festival, one of the nations biggest annual community-driven heritage festivals. This year the AAA will help festival participants to discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Saturday 13 May or Wednesday 17 May, to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

Starting at one of the oldest remaining buildings of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, you will look at Sydney's humble start as a convict colony and how the architecture became more and more decorative during the Victorian period.

The 20th Century brought us influences from the overseas such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and modernism. We will show you post-war development of modernist thinking and the way post-modernism reacted against it. 

Looking at the Sydney Hilton and the Queen Victoria Building, you will discover how architects converted existing buildings and gave them a breath of new life.

Throughout the two hours, you will appreciate masterpieces of different architectural styles by different architects and witness how technological advances, economic and political forces shaped our city.


The Australian Heritage Festival 2017 will be officially launched at Government House, Canberra on Tuesday 18 April. Organised by the Australian Government in association with the National Trust, the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival theme is 'Having a Voice' and recognises the many narratives that have shaped NSW.

NSW’s contribution to the festival sees over 500 events, 330 event organisers and up to 200,000 visitors each year attend the state’s celebration of heritage. Click here to check out the events taking place over the festival.


Location: Meet at Hyde Park Barracks, in front of the main gate, 12 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Saturday 13 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs) / $15 (Students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the Saturday tour or click here to join the Wednesday tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Nightingale Wing of the Sydney Hospital - Australia's oldest hospital
  • Logo Source: The Australian Heritage Festival website


NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Erskineville

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 26 March. Discover the charms of the inner west surburb Erskineville as you explore additions and alterations made to a terrace, designed by heritage experts Hector Abrahams Architects.

As the residence was not heritage listed - yet forms part of an area containing contributing buildings within the Burren Estate Heritage Conservation Area, the practice was able to embrace fresh contemporary design and explore how it can mesh with a traditional building typology.

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Hector Abrahams has been working as an architect for almost 30 years. Before establishing his own practice in 2012 he was a partner with the respected heritage architecture practice Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners.

Hector Abrahams Architects have gained a reputation for creating additions and new buildings that engage seamlessly with their surroundings and are a pleasure to occupy. Their ethos is that old buildings have to be understood, kept well and made liveable and workable for people in today’s world.


Location: Erskineville, 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 26 March 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.

Book a Private Tour With the AAA

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For over a decade the Australian Architecture Association has been making architecture and design available to everyone through a varied program of walking tours, residential bus tours, self drive tours and talks. Over the years we have also provided numerous private tours to both groups and individuals.

Our talented group of trained architectural guides are able to tailor tours to fulfill the particular interests of participants.

Whether you are looking to discover the history of how our built environments developed, discover places you never knew existed, further your professional development or are looking for a great way to team build with your employees, a private tour is a great option.

Contact the AAA - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explore how we can inspire you.

  • Image: The Nicholas and Carruthers Houses in Mount Irvine, New South Wales designed by Glenn Murcutt

NSW: Join the AAA on a Walk Through Redfern

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This Sunday experience the Australian Architecture Associations' walking tour of the urban village, Redfern. From an area known more for industry and public housing, the introduction of new government business schemes, changes to the demographic and the real estate pressures of its inner city location, Redfern is fast becoming home to a generation of cultural creatives. 

This two hour architecture walk explores the changing landscape of Redfern's built environment.This transformation is epitomised by the presence of award winning designer homes and commercial premises, state of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.


Meeting Point: the Clock Tower at Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street (corner Redfern Street), Redfern, NSW 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 March 2017
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

  • Article Text: AAA Redfern Walk
  • Image: Residence designed by Ian Moore Architects
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens