Last Chance to book Iconic Buildings Talk on the Salk Institute

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Don't miss out on early Bird ticket prices which end this Monday at 10am (AEST), for the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series, taking place this week on Thursday 8 August 2019. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the story of how the iconic building - the Salk Institute, designed by American architect Louis Kahn, was conceived and executed.


Louis Kahn’s mid century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Kahn’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talk cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.


Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.


The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.


Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 2: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

Last Chance to Book AAA Sunshine Coast Tour

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Time is running out to secure your tickets for one of the AAA's most popular tours - the Sunshine Coast Residential Coach tour. Taking place on Saturday 17 August, you won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to explore some of Queenslands contemporary residential architecture. 

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of established and upcoming Queensland architects, such as:


Meet Lindsay Clare of Clare Design and explore the private residence 'Perwillowen House'.

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Meet architect John Mainwaring of Hollindale Mainwaring Architecture and explore 'Vida', a medium density low rise residential development by Stockland in North Lakes.

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Meet Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie, directors of Bark Design Architects as you experience 'Seaview II', a private residence at Sunshine Beach.

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Date: Saturday 17 August 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.45pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the bus 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 & 2: Perwillowen House, designed by Clare Design (Image Source: Clare Design)
  • Image 3 & 4: 'Vida', a Stocklands development in North Lakes, designed by Hollindale Mainwariing Architecture (Image source: John Mainwaring)
  • Images 5 & 6: 'Seaview II' Sunshine Beach QLD, designed by Bark Architects (Image source: Bark Architects)

This Month At Home Visits Lindfield

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On Sunday 21 July, 'At Home' invites you to explore Quilters House, a residence designed by Bijl Architecture.

The Quilters House, nestled in Sydney's north shore suburb of Lindfield, is a renewed heritage home with a sympathetic yet artful architectural intervention.

From the very first meeting with their clients, Bijl saw that detail, craft and quilting were an important part of their everyday lives. This insight formed the foundations for the project brief and design approach - to expand and re-establish the home with painstaking care through the lens of quilting’s visual language – pattern, form, grid, line, and layers.

By blending traditional and contemporary patterns, proportions, materials and textures, the Quilters House refreshes a heritage home to the street, and absolutely transforms it to the rear through thoughtful intermeshing and layering of old with new.

You won't want to miss out on early bird tickets - so book before Monday 14 July.


Bijl Architecture was established in 2012 by architect Melonie Bayl-Smith and is already the recipient of numerous architecture and construction industry awards.

The practice has worked on a variety of projects including work across residential, interiors, commercial and public sectors, with a focus on a collaborative approach to each project working closely with clients, consultants and builders.

The practice’s design philosophy identifies that inherent flexibility and intentional longevity are key to creating sustainable architecture, from the viewpoints of aesthetics, functionality, economy and the total environment.


Location: Lindfield, 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 21 July 2019
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: Quilters House designed by Bijl Architecture (Images supplied by Bijl Architecture)
  • Photographer: Kris Martyn

AAA Residential Coach Tour Takes Place This Month

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Don't mss out on our Winter residential coach tour on Saturday 22 June 2019. Enjoy this all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the suburbs of Sydney.

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

Featured on the day will be projects by architects, such as:

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 22 June 2019
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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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmoral House, designed by CHROFI (Photographer: Katherine Lu)