At Home With The Architect Visits Newtown

1809 c0

This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to meet architect Jason Blake, of Jason Blake Architecture and explore his renovation and additions to a Victorian terrace residence in Newtown. Taking place on Sunday 23 September you'll discover that good things do come in small packages!

Sitting on a site under 130 square metres in size, the challenge was to design a home which incorporated contemporary interiors, natural daylighting and spaces that 'feel' generous yet are efficient.

The design of the second level addition of a bedroom and ensuite along with rear living and kitchen spaces, intentionally utilises different construction to visually differentiate between what is old and what is new. The historical character of the residence from the street is not compromised.

Jason described the project as 'an eight year labour of love' and the home reflects a strong influence of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship. The residence incorporates clever 'borrowed' spaces and attention to detail, in particular in it's carpentry.


Jason Blake Architecture is a small studio practice based in the inner west suburb Marrickville and was established by Jason Blake in 2000.

The firm undertakes all types of residential building, including detached houses, terraces, semi-detached houses, and apartments. Their work has been featured in publications and TV programs and has also been the recipient of architectural and industry awards.

Jason is also a licenced builder and in 2011 established JBA Construct which allows the practice to provide a full service from design right through to construction delivery.


Location: Newtown, 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 23 September 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.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Newtown residence designed by Jason Blake Architecture (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)


Reward Yourself With A Mini-break

02A getaway

You won't want to miss out on this fabulous reward, a luxury weekend getaway in country Victoria along with two tickets for any of the AAA's unique architectural 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. 

Reward Yourself With An Original Artwork

01C art

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


‘Metropolis I’ is a collagraph print by artist, Craig Couzens.

‘Metropolis I’ explores how individual form unites to create the rich tapestry of a city. This is an anonymous city, yet its layered skyline evokes a sense of familiarity. We ‘read’ the city in its context with nature, in this case how the brilliant light of a sunset picks out individual details.


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: ‘Shadows and Shapes’ (U/P) Edition of 1 (signed by the artist)
Art Type: Collagraph type
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 220mm, W 350mm
Framed Size: H 440mm, W 520mm
Archival inks
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
U/P = Unique Print

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $220 Collagraph Print 'Metropolis 1' by Craig Couzens reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase this reward’.

MetropolisI CraigCouzens 675

Reward Yourself With A Gold Pass

01A tourpass

Are you fascinated by contemporary home design? Want to learn firsthand from the architects how some of New South Wales finest homes have been conceived and executed? The At Home Gold Pass 2019 is your opportunity to ensure you never miss out!

An At Home Gold Pass guarantees entry at each open house ‘At Home With the Architect’ event held over 2019. All you need do is select the Gold Pass reward and donate $500 to the AAA ‘Keep Architecture Open’ fundraising campaign. 

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $500 At Home Gold Pass For 2019 reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase the Reward’.

Note: To redeem your ticket to each event over 2019 email the AAA one week prior.

Reward Yourself With Company Membership

01B companymembership

The Australian Architecture Association offers small businesses the opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its AAA Company Membership.

Specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff, there are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Your membership also helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $350 Company Membership reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase the Reward’.

Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.