@home Visits Stanmore in February 2020

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Don't miss the first @home for 2020, taking place on Sunday 23 February.

Meet award winning architect Sam Crawford, as he talks us through the evolution of his own home in Stanmore.

This is a 1911 Queen Anne period two bedroom brick cottage which has been carefully altered by the current owners in three stages over a period of 10 years to accommodate a growing family of six.

In 2009, portions of the rear of the building were modified for more efficient use of the available space, whilst sitting wholly within the original (or at least extant) footprint of the dwelling. The existing front bedroom was retained and the second bedroom converted into a bathroom, laundry and stair to two children’s bedrooms above. A new deck wrapped the north-west corner, shaded by a large pepper tree and cantilevered pergola. New openings were distinguished from the original by the use of clear finished timber frames.

The above work received a 2011 Marrickville Medal Commendation with the following jury citation:

"A freestanding Federation cottage with attic additions and alterations to the rear. Excellent sustainable practices such as recycling of timbers and bricks. Charming garden and courtyard which is brought into the house by clever sliding doors and large simple picture window. Pleasing use of colours, forms and materials, to create a sense of sanctuary. Commissioning of artists to contribute to the meaning of the place."

In 2017, a new garage and studio bedroom was added to the rear of the existing house and in 2018, a new micro-bedroom of 7sqm was added to the north side of the house, utilising a narrow slither of land adjacent to the front bedroom.


Sam Crawford Architects is a small practive based in Newtown, established in 1999.

The firm undertakes work across multiple sectors, including residential, public/cultural, education and heritage.

The firms work has been widely published, both nationally and internationally.

They have been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) national and chapter awards, the Australian Timber Design Awards and Intergrain Timber Vision Awards, the Dulux Colour Awards, Sustainability Awards and local government awards.


Location: Stanmore, 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 February 2020
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

CLICK HERE and book now before the tour is full!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images 1&2: The Cardigan Street residence designed by Sam Crawford Architects (Photo supplied by Sam Crawford Architects)

Join the first Residential Coach Tour for 2020

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Taking place Saturday 7 March, the first AAA Residential Coach Tour for 2020 promises to provide a fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Sydney.

The Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of established and upcoming architects, including Manuelle Schelp of Studio Schelp, Sam Crawford, Director of Crawford Architects; Ben Peake, Associate at Carter Williamson Architects.


Date: Saturday 7 March 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the coach tour.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images 1&2: Ryrie House by Studio Schelp (Image source: Studio Schelp)

AWS Supports the AAA

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank our sponsor Architectural Window Systems (AWS) for their support.


Architectural Window Systems (AWS) is one of Australia’s largest aluminium window and door suppliers, with a reputation as leaders in the development and supply of high performance aluminium window and doors through innovation and market research.

The organisation designs, tests, extrudes, finishes and supplies the components which make up an aluminium window or door system under the Vantage Aluminium Joinery and Elevate™ Aluminium Systems brands.

The components of their systems are supplied to a nationwide network of fully trained, equipped and licensed manufacturers. These manufacturers have been selected for their ability to provide only the highest quality of product manufacture, ensuring the ongoing performance and integrity of our systems.

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AWS assists their manufacturers by providing technical, marketing, sales, IT and manufacturing support. They have developed a number of industry specific tools to assist their network in costing, purchasing, inventory and manufacturing.

The AWS product range is recognised as being the largest available in Australia and is considered technically impressive. In line with its commitment to product development, AWS introduce new products each year and upgrade the existing product range on a regular basis.

CLICK HERE to visit the AWS website.

  • Image 1: Bluff Farm house designed by Richard Cole,
    features windows and doors from the Series 704 SlideMASTER™ and Series 525 LouvreMASTER™
    (Image Source: AWS Projects)
  • Image 2: Valley House, designed by Sparks Architects
    features a range of Vantage and Elevate™ Aluminium Systems
    (Image Source: AWS Projects)

Natspec Supports the AAA

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank our sponsor Natspec for their continuing support over 2019.


NATSPEC is a national not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government property groups. NATSPEC’s objective is to improve the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information.

For over forty years, NATSPEC has been delivering the national, comprehensive construction specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies.

NATSPEC, the National Building Specification, is for all building structures with specialist packages for architects, building designers, interior designers, landscape architects, structural engineers, service engineers and domestic owners.

AUS-SPEC is the Local Government specification system for the life-cycle management of assets.

NATSPEC maintains the National Classification System to assist specification writers organise the content of specifications, and their users to find the information they need.

NATSPEC is also responsible for the National BIM Guide and its associated documents.

NATSPEC is the preferred specification system for major building professionals and is endorsed by Government departments, contractors, consultants and architects.

CLICK HERE to visit the Natspec website.

  • Image 1: Natspec Construction Information website

Thank You to Our Supporters and Volunteers

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Over 2019 the Australian Architecture Association has opened the doors on a host of fabulous architect designed buildings and delighted in sharing our love of architecture and design through our talks series and walking tours.

We would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful architects, designers and clients who, over this year, have kindly shared their spaces and their knowledge with AAA tour and talk attendees.

We would also like to thank our generous supporters who donated to our annual Keep Architecture Open - operations fundraiser. Your contributions are invaluable to meeting our not for profit organisations annual administration costs.

The AAA could not function without our fantastic volunteers who lead our tours, undertake research and write articles about architecture and design. We appreciate their tireless enthusiasm for sharing their passion!

We look forward to welcoming you all next year at our talks and on our tours and walks.

CLICK HERE to visit our website and plan your next architectural walking tour taking place during Sydfest 2020.

Have a very merry, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year season.