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

NSW: Residential Bus Tour

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Book your tickets now for the AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 29 July. Discover some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney. Design practices showcasing their latest projects include Carter Williamson ArchitectsMark Szczerbicki Design Studio, Bijl Architecture and Bennett & Trimble Architects .

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided and is a great way to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed.


Date: Saturday 29 July 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Balmain

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 25 June. Visit 'Screen House' designed by Carter Williamson Architects in Balmain.

The residential project comprising of alterations and additions to a weatherboard cottage, is named for its bespoke black perforated screens. These have been designed from a photographic image taken and loved by the clients.

The modest traditional street facade conceals a dramatic contemporary transformation to the interiors and rear outdoor spaces, that are designed to accommodate a growing family and facilitate a sense privacy for the inhabitants.


Carter Williamson Architects is a small award winning architecture practice based in Summer Hill, established by Shaun Carter in 2004.

The practice works across a wide range of project types including, residential, commercial and retail spaces. They have also completed projects in the cultural sector - including photographic exhibitions, architectural festivals and set design, as well as the humanitarian fields through the design of sustainable flat-pack housing prototypes.


Location: Balmain, 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 25 June 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 ArchitectsRobinson Architects and Sparks Architects. Meet the designers and discover first hand how the houses were designed and constructed.


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, 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.

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

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

NSW: Sydney Indesign Walk Through Redfern This Saturday

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This year sees the return to Sydney Indesign - the Event. Sydney Indesign 2017 takes place in Alexandria and Waterloo on Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August.

Get set for a super cool program of design events – from talks to launches, famous faces, competitions, collaborations, and installations. This year the AAA is partnering with Sydney Indesign and offering an opportunity to explore the urban village of 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, Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 12 August 2017
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Numbers are limited on this tour, click here now to secure your tickets.

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  • Article Text: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo Source: Sydney Indesign