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Buy Your Christmas Gifts From the AAA

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Wondering what presents to buy for your loved ones this christmas? The Australian Architecture Association has the solution!

We have some wonderful ideas for gifts, from decadent treats that satisfy the palate, through to limited edition fine art prints and an original artwork.

Click here to check out the best stocking fillers you'll find this season.

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  • Image 1: Artisan chocolates hand made by Something For Cake and a bottle of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (2014 Vintage Cellar Door)
  • Image 2: Fine art print by artist Craig Couzens, ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)

NSW: Last AAA Residential Bus Tour For 2017

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Secure your place on the last AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 9 December. 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 homes and meet the architects and some of their clients, including Bijl Architecture, who designed the home featured in this article.

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 9 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Doorzien House', designed by Bijl Architecture (image provided by the architect)

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 19 November and visits an award winning house in Castlecrag designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

Meet architect Rachel Neeson and her clients and learn about how the new residence was designed to incorporate aspects of the original house built by the client's grandfather.

Organised over four levels, the house has been designed with a desire to provide the experience of living in harmony with nature. The site has three particularly special qualities – a beautiful sandstone outcrop to the street, an adjacent bush reserve, and tranquil water views to the bay.


Neeson Murcutt Architects is an award winning practice based in Potts Point NSW. The firm was formed in 2004 by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt and undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from bespoke houses to multi-unit housing and housing prototypes, education projects, tourism projects, public and community commissions, and adaptive reuse environments.

Their work has been recognised for design excellence, both locally and internationally, through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.


  • Location: Castlecrag, 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 19 November 2017
  • Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the architect and experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited.
Book your place on the tour, click here.

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NSW: Join a Special Walking Tour Highlighting Sustainable Design

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Join a very special tour of sustainable design in Castlecrag. Timed to coincide with Sustainable House Day 2017 on Sunday 17 September, Willoughby City Council and the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover how sustainable design can be incorporated into the way we build our homes.

The Castlecrag Sustainable walking tour will focus on a variety of houses showing different aspects of sustainability and the overall impact of Griffin's design for the suburb of Castlecrag. You will have the opportunity to go inside two architect designed houses and hear about the passive solar ideas which have been incorporated.

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'Most architects incorporate sustainability elements in their designs without knowing it, as this is how architects have been taught', said tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel. 'The design principles of the passive solar energy house in Australia are becoming more popular as the public realise and understand the potential savings these principles can bring', said Ben Gerstel.

Castlecrag was recognised as a special place by Canberra’s designer Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin. They made a plan for Castlecrag to be developed as the perfect garden suburb, with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops.

Location: Castlecrag
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors & Student)
Please note that ID should be presented on the day for concession tickets.

Don't miss out on this very special walk - numbers are limited. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Felstead House, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, completed in 1926
  • Image 1 Source: The Australian Architecture Association
  • Image 2: The Sunnyside House, designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture
  • Image 2 Source: Ben Gerstel

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 ArchitectsTeeland Architects,  Robinson Architects and Sparks Architects. Meet the designers and discover first hand how the houses were designed and constructed.

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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, for an extra $20 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 so you don't miss out on the special self-drive tour!

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Tinbeerwah House' Tinbeerwah QLD, designed by Teeland Architects (Image source: Teeland Architects)
  • Image 2: 'Tent House' Eumundi QLD designed by Sparks Architects (Image source Sparks Architects; Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones)
  • Image 3: Visualisation of a two bedroom eco-cabin currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects (Image source: Robinson Architects)