In Focus: AAA Woollahra Walk

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Explore the architecture of Woollahra on the AAA Woollahra Walk - Saturday 9 February.

Wandering through leafy streets laid down upon lands once inhabited by first nation peoples the Cadigal clan - tour participants will discover some of the numerous architect designed residences located in the area.

AAA volunteer tour guide and registered architect Ben Gerstel, will facilitate your experience of both exceptional and controversial buildings of the early to late twentieth century and how design has evolved within the area into the twenty-first century.

Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glen Murcutt and Alex Tzannes, as well as gems designed by less recognised architects.


Meeting Point: Phoenix Hotel (outside front entrance), 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Date: Saturday 9 February 2019
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Don't miss out on joining the tour. Click here and book now!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Woollahra House 11, designed by Grove Architects
  • Image 2: Littlemore House, by Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We have had another eventful year and remain committed to increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation of architecture.  In 2018 we added 2 new walks to our tour programme, one in Ultimo and one in Chippendale. Look out for these tours in 2019. 

The AAA would like to thank our financial supporters, Natspec and Universal Publications, as well as the architects, designers and clients who have kindly opened their homes this year.  To everyone who donated to our annual fundraising campaign, your support ensures that we can continue to help people understand the value of architecture and how it shapes our cities.

A very big thank you to our AAA volunteers, who are the backbone of the Australian Architecture Association and committed to sharing architecture with the general public.

Best wishes and look forward to seeing you on one of our tours in 2019.

Memorable AAA Residential Tour


What a memorable and wonderful last residential bus tour held on 8th December, an amazing finish to 2018.  We visited four very different residential projects from Balmain to Manly and attendees were given the opportunity to see and hear first-hand about the design process from the architects and designers.  Of course, the day wouldn’t be as successful without the delicious lunch at Marthas where we share good food, stories with like-minded people and the architects.

Thanks to MM + J Architects, Carter Williamson Architects, Anderson Architecture and Ben Gerstel Architecture for participating and adding to the success of the day.  





  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


Join the Last AAA Residential Bus Tour for 2018

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Don't miss out on our final residential bus tour for 2018, taking place on Saturday 8 December. Enjoy visiting some of the Sydneys most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture.

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

Experience homes by the following architects:

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 8 December 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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  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'The Shed', designed by Anderson Architecture (Image Source: Anderson Architecture)
  • Image 2: 'Peakaboo House' designed by Carter Williamson (Photographer: Brett Boardman)


At Home With The Architect Visits Castle Cove

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On Sunday 18 November the last At Home With the Architect for 2018 visits Castle Cove House, designed by Terroir.

The history of the single-family house in Sydney during the last century is a record of changing conditions in regard to our relationship with the landscape.

Castle Cove is a classic Sydney context, landscape and geology - a steep, rocky ravine with tributaries connecting to Sydney Harbour featuring large areas of remnant bushland below which sandstone escarpments define the waterways. The sandstone geology appears at multiple scales from large cliff faces to small ruptures throughout the groundplane.

The geometry of this Castle Cove house is deliberately indeterminate, working in and around existing stone escarpments as a "third element" that over time and with patination will slip more and more from the new to pre-existing.

The concrete interior is lined with a series of timber elements that enable the occupation of this concrete landscape with a spirit and glamour reminiscent of the California houses from the 50s and 60s by John Lautner and others.


TERROIR was established in 1999 by Founding Directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe. In 2016 TERROIR broadened its ownership to include four Principals: Scott Balmforth, Tamara Donnellan, Professor Gerard Reinmuth and Chris Rogers.

The practice has offices located in Sydney, Hobart and Copenhagen. They undertake a range of design activities encompassing architecture, urban design and creative research.

Dedicated to the realisation of projects that insist on the invention of new possibilities out of each unique condition, the quality of Terroir's work has been recognized through numerous industry awards and commendations.


Location: Castle Cove 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 18 November 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience the final At Home With the Architect for 2018, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.


  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Castle Cove House, Castle Cove NSW designed by Terroir
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman