AAA Residential Bus Tour To Take Place in August

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Don't miss out on our Winter residential tour which is an all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney.

Inside the houses you will hear about the design process from the architects and see firsthand the value of good design.

Projects by the following architects: David Boyle Architects; Sam Crawford Architects;Carter Williamson Architects and Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio.

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The day includes a delicious sit down lunch, itinerary, commentary by architects at the houses and coach travel. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some of the architects at the luncheon.


Location: Meet Loftus Street, beside Customs House, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Explore Sydney Observatory With the AAA and MAAS

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Due it's popularity during Sydney Design 2018, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) are partnering to present the Sydney Observatory Architecture Tour throughout the remainder of 2018.


In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA developed a special architectural tour of the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point, The Rocks.

Join volunteers from the AAA on an architectural tour of one of Sydney’s most significant historic sites.

Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. It is recognised as an item of ‘state significance’ by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed.

Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology, navigation and astronomy in Australia.

Now known as Observatory Hill, the site was previously known as Windmill Hill, Citadel Hill, Fort Phillip and Flagstaff Hill. Each name indicates the site’s function over time, all of which relied on it being the highest point over Sydney Harbour.

The Observatory buildings, built from stone with distinctive copper telescope domes, were built between 1857 and 1859 in the Italianate style. They combined the practical needs of an observatory with those of an astronomer’s residence. The Observatory grounds recreate the original layout and vegetation of formal gardens cultivated in the 1880s.


Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Sunday 29 July
Sunday 26 August
Sunday 30 September
Sunday 28 October
Sunday 25 November 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25 / MAAS & AAA Members $25
Accessibility: Please note there is no wheelchair access to many of the Sydney Observatory spaces due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings.  Strollers must be cloaked on arrival.

Don't miss out book now - click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Sydney Design 2018 tour held in March (Photographer: Annette Dearing)


AAA Launches New Walk In Ultimo

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In June you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Ultimo Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader Michael McMullan, takes place on Saturday 2 June.

Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village of Ultimo began in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. 

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony's premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it's surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established - putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo's reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.


Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Time: Saturday 2 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), designed by government architect William Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)


Visit Tathra House by Annabelle Chapman

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This months 'At Home With The Architect' tour, explores a residence designed by Annabelle Chapman.

The Australian Architecture Association invites you to visit 'Tathra' a Victorian terrace house (c1902) in the Sydney suburb of Paddington by architect Annabelle Chapman.

It was substantially altered in the 1970’s with removal of all the internal fabric (staircase, fireplaces, timber windows etc) and additions typical of 1970’s ‘terrace house modern’. Subsequently there was nothing of the original house worth saving, apart from the front and side walls. As the adjacent terraces were altered similarly, the rear secondary sections of the house had no historic references to maintain, giving a generous design scope.

The house is very spacious and connected, feeling unlike a terrace house format, said architect Annabelle Chapman. There is abundant light throughout the house, as well as good breezes and cross ventilation.


Established in 2000, Annabelle Chapman Architect is a small design studio located in Eastern Sydney, that specialises in residential design. Their portfolio of work ranges from small alteration and addition projects through to large new houses.

Principal of the practice, Annabelle Chapman, holds degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, and has been a Chartered Architect since 1986. Annabelle has over 30 years experience, having worked on Heritage Buildings, Commercial Interiors, small and large scale residential work.

Annabelle's design ethos is centred around the creation of residential spaces that are inspiring, integrate sustainable building practices and provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle.

Her work has been published in architectural and other publication.

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with Annabelle Chapman, how the 'Tathra House' was conceived, designed and built.


Location: Paddington, 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 27 May 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: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior and exterior views of Tathra House Designed by Annabelle Chapman Architect (images courtesy of Annabelle Chapman Architect)


NSW: AAA Residential Bus Tour Takes Place May


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Secure your place on the first AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 5 May. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney.

On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of contemporary Sydney homes and meet their architects, including Drew Heath Architects, Jorge Hrdina Architects and Utz Sanby Architects.

Learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.


Date: Saturday 5 May 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $180 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
    Image: 'Palm Beach House', designed by Utz Sanby Architects (Photographer: Walters Media)