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NSW: Walking Tour Through The Rocks

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Enjoy a weekend stroll through one of the first residential settlements established by the First Fleet - The Rocks. Trace the development of Sydney's oldest suburb with buildings representing the past, present and future! 

Wander through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: View of the Barangaroo development
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW Walking Tour: Join A Sydney City Walk

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Start the new year with a healthy two hour walk through the streets of Sydney. The Sydney City Walk is the original walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

For the past ten years AAA trained tour guides have been helping residents and visitors to discover parts of the city they never knew existed. Each tour guide brings their own flavour to the tour, so that no one tour is quite like the other.

Learn about some of the iconic buildings that grace the streets of the CBD and take a journey through the history of the cities development.


Location: Meet on the steps of Customs House, Circular Quay
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Senior / Concession)
Note: AAA Members walk for free & students will need to show ID on the day.
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Every Saturday (Next tour takes place 4 February 2017)

Numbers are limited, click here to secure your place on this weekends tour.

  • Image: Steps up to Australia Square Tower (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: New Tour of Woollahra Launches This Month

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Join the Australian Architecture Association on a new AAA walking tour exploring the architecture of Woollahra and Paddington. 

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. Explore how the predominant typology - the terrace has evolved into a myriad of forms, from the traditional to the infill.

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 changed within the area into the twenty-first century.

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

Meeting Point: Phoenix Hotel (outside the front entrance), 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2015
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Concession & Seniors)
Note: ID required to join the walk

Don’t miss out on joining the launch of the tour, click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The secret garden - Woollahra style (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)
  • Image 2: Residence designed by Don Gazzard (Image Source: Design In Steel, 1976)
  • Image 3: The Phoenix Hotel, Woollahra (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)

Discover Brickworks Building Products Inex Boards

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Brickworks Building Products is one of the nation’s leading providers of building products. It’s brand Austral Bricks is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Australian Architecture Association.

One of the newest range of Brickworks Building Products is Inex Boards.

These boards are made from pure, natural mineral magnesite. They are low in carbon, high performing and their flexural strength is equal to most timbers. These boards can either be used for floor or wall panel systems and come in different sized panels and a number of attractive finishes.

Inex Boards products have a high strength and are light weight. They can be utilised to form the substrate for floor finishes such as vinyl, carpet and timber. The boards have tongue and groove edges and can be used both in and outdoors. They also cover the complete bushfire BAL levels from BAL 12.5 up to flame zone. They are recyclable and non –toxic.

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Inex Boards also make a variety of decking products. Inex Decking is a decking product that looks like conventional timber decking and has rounded edges. Inex Maxideck is a product 5mm x 120mm thereby reducing installation time. Inex Lamideck can be used for lightweight pedestrian walkways and lightweight bridges. It’s concentrated liveload is up to 13kN and a uniformly distributed load up to 75 Pa.

Discover the possibilities for your next building project by clicking here to visit the Inex Boards website.

  • Article: Ben Gestel
  • Image 1: Inex Wallboard installed in the Archiblox Carbon Positive Prefab designed by architects Bill and Christine McCorkell (Photographer: Tim Ross)
    Images Source: Inex Boards
  • Image 2: Inex Decking
    Image Source: Twitter

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Seaforth

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect, visits a sustainable residence in Seaforth designed by Environa Studio. The 100% off-the-grid self-sufficient suburban home utilised “Project home processes” to keep costs down, yet deliver a one-off architect designed, high finish house.

The architecture of the home is intentionally kept modest to fit with its surroundings and offers an example of how sensitive sustainable design can be realistically incorporated into an urban environment. The residence is representative of a solution that the architect describes as “…the way of the future” - where design increasingly needs to address environmental issues instead of continuing to follow redundant stylistic fashions.


Environa Studio is a Surry Hills based practice that was founded in 1986. The firm, headed by principal architects Tone Wheeler and Jan O’connor, integrates architecture, interiors and landscape design to achieve innovative sustainable projects and has undertaken projects in a variety of sectors including urban design, civic and commercial design, and group and individual housing.

Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of the design studio’s ethos where the principles “Long life, loose fit, low impact” drive their design of practical and liveable environments for their clients.

Environa Studio is a winner of multiple design competitions and industry awards and has been published extensively in leading design journals. The firm has also made a significant contribution to Australian building and sustainability regulations and architectural education.


Location: Seaforth, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00pm - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 October 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Seaforth Residence designed by Environa Studio
  • Images Source: Environa Studio