Support Week 2 of Keep Architecture Open 2018

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Last week the Australian Architecture Association announced the launch of our annual 'Keep Architecture Open' fund raising campaign. 

We are looking to raise $15,000, which will be used to help us continue to deliver and develop our unique program of architectural walks, tours and events.

As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on your continuing support to help us provide unique opportunities to learn about architecture and the built environment and keep opening the doors on contemporary design.

We aren't just asking you to give away your money! Instead the AAA wants to reward you for your generous donation to our annual appeal. Each week of the campaign we will be adding new treats to tempt you!

This week we are adding the below rewards:

02A getaway

You won't want to miss out on this weeks fabulous reward, a luxury getaway in country Victoria along with tickets for AAA walking tours.

Hepburn at Hepburn is an adult's only retreat that sets the precedent in five star accommodation with modern technology, distinctive architecture and sophisticated design that is captured in the 14 opulent villas.

North west of Melbourne the historic town of Hepburn Springs is located in the middle of one of Australia's largest concentrations of mineral springs. Indulge yourself by tasting the health-giving waters, enjoy one the luxury spas or delight your taste buds at one of the decadent food and wine establishments.

Check out Hepburn at Hepburn by visiting

Please note booking will be subject to availability.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $790 Getaway + Walks reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page. 

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The ultimate gift for budding architects or the design enthusiast looking to indulge their inner child! This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.


2009 marks the 50th anniversary of one of New York City’s best-known museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim®. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, the museum opened just six months after he passed away.

This intricately built LEGO® model, co-developed and designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and organic architectural style. 

The assembled Solomon R. Guggenheim museum model stands 4" (102 mm) tall on a gray and black base with 

printed name label and includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history.

Perfect for any New Yorker, world tourist or architecture fan!

  • Replica of real-world architectural landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim museum!
  • Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only)
  • Measures 4" (10.2cm) tall, 5.6" (14.3cm) wide and 3.1" (8cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Lego Architecture 21004 Guggenheim Museum reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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Support the AAA's 'Keep Architecture Open' fundraising campaign and reward yourself with two vintage books on one of America's greatest architects Frank Lloyd Wright. Immerse yourself in the projects completed by this iconic designer.

Click here to read an Amazon description of 'The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright' by Maria Constantino.
Click here to read an Amazon description of 'Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia' by Iain Thomson.


Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Books Frank Lloyd Wright reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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Support the Australian Architecture Association and own an original artwork by Australian artist Craig Couzens.


‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ is a lino print that forms part of artist, Craig Couzens’ Alice in Wonderland Series (12 prints). The classic children’s tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ still resinates with young and old. The twelve prints in the series describe several of the major points of interest in the tale. The Caterpillar helps Alice to either shrink or grow by deciding which piece of the mushroom to eat.


Craig Couzens is an emerging print artist based in the regional NSW city Wagga Wagga.

Passionate about elevating the profile of fine art printing, his work is produced using archival inks and paper. 

Craig’s work has been exhibited in a number of public group shows, as well as in successful solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.


Artwork Name: ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)
Art Type: Linotile
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 15cm x W 15cm

Framed Size: H 32.5cm x W 32cm
Archival (black) ink
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
A/P = Artist proof

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Lino Print ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

02E tshirt

Now you can wear your love of architecture and design and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2018

The exclusive AAA t-shirt has been printed by the Australian firm Pistol Clothing with a graphic designed by AAA volunteer and designer Vanessa Couzens. Called ‘Ode to Utzon’ the structuralist image was inspired by Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s iconic Sydney Opera House.


Men's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.
Women's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm 100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.

Sizes available:

(Width – Arm to Arm)

Womens T-Shirt

Size 10 45.5cm (only 2 available)
Size 12 48 cm (only 2 available)
Size 14 51 cm (only 2 available)

Mens T-Shirt
Small 46cm (only 3 available)
Medium 50cm (only 3 available)

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $60 AAA T-Shirt reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

Don't want to claim a reward? Just want to make a donation? Please follow the link below and donate as little as $10 to our campaign.



Don't forget to share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

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AAA Short Black: Visits Camperdown Cemetery

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This weekend the Australian Architecture Association will hold a Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk. Featuring one of the most unusual public spaces in Sydney - the walled landscape that is Camperdown Cemetery. On Saturday 8 September enjoy a talk and guided tour with the architect Hector Abrahams.

Created for burials in 1847, in just over twenty five years the cemetery was full and closed to burials. Over the subsequent 140 years it has developed a cultural profile of an ancient site, becoming the site of a major church, a graveyard of architectural relics, dramatically enclosed by its high stone wall in about 1950.

The tour will be led by Hector Abrahams, a former trustee and architect for the cemetery, who will attempt to explain something of the strategy for retaining its special qualities. He will tell the story of its history, celebrations, conservation of materials, stewardship and ecology.


Hector Abrahams Architects (HAA) is a Sydney based architectural practice recognised for their work on heritage projects, masterplanning and adaptive re-use.

Their portfolio includes work on public, commercial, educational, residential and church buildings of all sizes and styles.

The philosophy driving their designs is based on the understanding that old buildings have to be understood, kept well and made liveable and workable for people in today’s world. They believe that additions and new buildings should engage seamlessly with their surroundings.


Location: Meet underneath the fig tree, inside the gates, 189 Church Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Please Note:
Closed-in shoes must be worn on the tour.
Absolutely no parking is permitted in the cemetery.
Date: Saturday 8 September 2018
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Photographic Review of August's Booked Out Tour


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Image 1: The Kitchen / Dining area in 'Collectors Cottage' in Bardwell Park, designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

On Saturday 11 August 2018 the sold out AAA Residential Bus Tour, set out from Customs House to explore contemporary homes in Sydney's inner west and northern suburbs.

Enjoying perfect blue skies tour participants got to explore the interiors and exteriors of four fabulous residential projects designed by:

Midway through the tour participants were treated to a delicious three course lunch at Martha's in Castlecrag.

Below are some photographs of what was seen over the day.


Designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

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Image 2: Mark Szczerbicki explains the clients design brief for 'Collectors Cottage' 
Image 3: A View through the Kitchen / Dining space towards the back yard at 'Collectors Cottage'
Image 4: The rear extension on 'Collectors Cottage'


Designed by Jason Blake Architecture

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Image 5: Jason Blake discussed how his Newtown Residence gained an additional storey and extension at the rear
Image 6: A View of the rear extension to the Newtown Residence
Image 7: Kitchen / Dining space in the Newtown Residence


Designed by David Boyle Architects

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Image 8: David Boyle stands at the entry to the Northbridge Residence and explains its planning
Image 9: Lovely views can be enjoyed from the Northbridge Residences elevated alfresco space
Image 10: View back towards the rear of the Northbridge Residence from the elevated alfresco space


Designed by

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Image 11: Sam Crawford explaining the inspiration for The Bower
Image 12: The Bower reflects the influence of Balinese architecture and sits in a secret garden invisible from the street
Image 13: The living space of The Bower enjoys duel views of the secret garden and of Cabbage Tree Bay

Thank you to all the architects and their clients for generously opening the doors on their homes. A great day was had by all!

Keep your eye on upcoming issues of 'All About Architecture' for announcements about the next residential tour. Make sure you book tickets early - otherwise you'll miss out!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


Keep Architecture Open 2018

Support Our Fundraising Campaign

Keep Architecture Open

Dear Friends of AAA,

We're reaching out to our AAA Friends because we are hoping to raise $15,000.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and it’s 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!

Proceeds will assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2019. With your help, AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public including school children 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.


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

Thank you again in anticipation of your support.


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Tone Wheeler
Australian Architecture Association

August's At Home With The Architect Visits Woollahra

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore a residence in Woollahra. Taking place on Sunday 26 August, architect Andy Harding, one of the directors of Stanic Harding, will guide tour particants through the collaboration between Stanic Harding and interior designers Interni.

'The house was originally built in the 1930’s, however, it had been poorly renovated in the late 1980’s where many of the building's original features had been removed', said Andy Harding. The client’s desire was to refurbish the building bringing back the character of the original house whilst accommodating the requirements of a contemporary family.

The original entry to the house sat one level up from the street which was accessed via a narrow external stair with the main living level located on the next level and the bedrooms on the level above. To provide suitable access it was elected that an internal street level access be generated connecting to a lift and stair connecting all levels of the building. This required tunnelling under the existing house which proved to be a very complex proposition due to the “found” condition of the existing building fabric.

The result is a house which was driven by strong pragmatic and aesthetic requirements from the clients and the design team that sits comfortably within its elevated Woollahra setting.


Stanic Harding was established in 1989 when Andy Harding and Andrew Stanic formed a partnership. The practice is based in Bondi Beach and has been the recipient of numerous architectural and industry awards.

The firm undertakes both architectural and interior design across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, retail and public.

Stanic Harding's body of work reflects their commitment to the production of architecture that is of its time and that fuses a sensitive contemporary approach with functional and pragmatic requirements.


Interni is medium sized interior design firm established in 1989 and based in Surry Hills.

Headed by Louise Bell, one of the founding Directors, the firm specializes in residential, retail and commercial design.

Their body of work reflects their commitment to creating timeless interiors that respect the buildings they inhabit.


Location: Woollahra, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 August 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Woollahra Residence designed by Stanic Harding and Interni (Images courtesy of Stanic Harding)