Support the AAA Fundraising Campaign

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Support the Australian Architecture Association's annual Keep Architecture Open fund Raising campaign.

As a not for profit organisation, run predominately by a group of committed volunteers, the AAA depends on the support of our members and the wider community of design enthusiasts to meet our operational costs for continuing to open the doors on architecture.

We are passionate about promoting and educating people about the value of architecture and design. We believe that the more you know and appreciate about design, the greater your say in the way our environment is shaped for the better.


You can simply donate to our campaign by clicking here.

Or you can enjoy a variety of rewards for your generosity.

For instance check out the rewards listed below, which are just some of the great ways we would like to thank you for your continued support.

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Enjoy online learning about architecture and design with eClassroom.

With your eClassroom CPD Voucher can choose from over 120 formal online continuing professional development (CPD) courses and packages up to the value of $250.

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Hardson High Pressure Cleaning can help you refresh the look of your home with a House soft wash and/or pressure cleaning of hard surfaces to the value of $ 500.


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This rare 400 page hardcover illustrated book is still sealed in its original plastic wrapping and is a great investment for your architectural library.



To claim one of our rewards click here to visit our Keep Architecture Open 2019.

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Click on the offer you want and then click on the link called: Purchase this Reward.


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With your help - we look forward to reaching our target of $12000.

This Month At Home Visits Darlington

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This month At Home visits 'Welcome to the Jungle House', an inner city residence recently shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival.

Situated in Darlington, an inner-city heritage conservation area typified by late Victorian row terrace housing and post-industrial warehouse conversions, the home was designed to celebrate the Sydney climate and push the boundaries of sustainable living.

Meet the architect Clinton Cole, Managing Director of CPlusC Architectural Workshop and learn about how the home was designed, as you explore its interiors and exteriors.

The Jungle House story begins with the purchase of a two-storey shop top house in disrepair and close to collapse, occupying a 90sqm triangular site.

The original spackled rendered masonry façade had cultural and streetscape significance to the local heritage conservation area and its necessary reconstruction was managed under strict heritage controls.

A black photovoltaic panel array signals the new addition to the original northern façade, harnessing sunlight throughout the day, acting as a billboard for the sustainability attributes of the architecture and starkly contrasting the original rendered heritage facade.

Design Statement exerpt by Clinton Cole, director of CplusC Architectural Workshop, "Le Corbusier famously said almost 100 years ago, that 'A house is a machine for living in'. If we are to survive the next 100 years a house must be 'a machine for sustaining life' and it must promote those values in its architectural expression to the public who largely consume architecture through the media where image is everything.

The rooftop is constructed of steel planter beds which provide deep soil for native plants and fruit and vegetables. The garden beds are irrigated from the fishpond providing nutrient rich water created by the edible silver perch (fish).


Architect and builder, Clinton Cole, founded CplusC Architectural Workshop in 2005.

Based in Darlington, the practice specialises in the design and construction of expertly detailed, luxurious and sustainable homes.

Winner of multiple design and construction industry awards, CplusC offer both architectural and construction services. The practice believes in great architectural ideas, efficient construction systems, holistic sustainable project development and exceptional value for service. 


Location: Darlington, 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 22 September 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)
Note: Early bird tickets are available up Sunday 15 September 2019.

Click here and book now before the tour is full!

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Join the AAA On A Walk In Chippendale

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Join the AAA on a walk through the architecture of Chippendale. The next Chippendale Walk takes place on Saturday 21 September 2019.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

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Over the 90 minute walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.


Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Chippendale Green (Central Park), O'Connor Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 10.00am - 11.30am
Time: Saturday 21 September 2019
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour developer Ben Gerstel talks about Indigo Slam - a residence designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Green facade on One Central Park, building designed by Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 3: Tour attendees in front of Indigo Slam - designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Insight: Working With An Architect

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Are you thinking about building a new home or renovating? Wondering what it's like to work with an architect? AAA Vice president and registered architect Ben Gerstel gives you an insight into the process.

By Ben Gerstel

Architects through their degree, training and experience make people’s lives better by designing and improving the spaces they live in by making them more inviting to enjoy.

The common fallacy is that architects cost a lot. Yes, there are fees to engage an architect, but the architect has been engaged to provide a service to meet a client’s brief. A professional architect works within a client’s budget.

The best way to find an architect is to speak to friends who have had a successful relationship and build with their architect. Or, by having a look around your suburb for projects that visually appeal to you so then you can find out who the architect was.

The journey with an architect in creating your design solution is not something that happens overnight. There are stages the architect and client work through.

A productive architect at an initial meeting with the client will do a walkthrough of the existing house and suggest ideas the clients may not have thought of and that will improve and benefit the spaces. The architect will ask for a brief and indicative budget from the clients.

Difficult questions should be asked at the initial meeting which can clarify the client’s mind exactly how they want to approach their design, such as:

  • Is this a long or short term house?
  • Is the house in the right location for work and schools?
  • Is the family unit complete, for example, no more children?
  • In the future, will there be a home office, so a space is allowed for this?
  • Is this the house to spend the money on?

It’s wise for clients to obtain a 10.7 Certificate from Council prior purchasing a property which states what you can do on the site and highlights items like if the site is located in a conservation area, a flood prone or bushfire prone site.

The usual process for an architect when they have been engaged by a client (after the client accepts the architect’s fee proposal and have signed a client / architect agreement) is to produce a drawing of the existing house and suggest to the clients to engage a registered surveyor to produce a detailed survey of their site.

A survey indicates the lay of the land through levels, site features, utilities, neighbouring properties, site area etc. These two plans enable the architect to start designing to the clients brief.

The usual stages of an architect’s works are as follows:


Where the architect interprets the client brief, work with Council controls, for example, Council’s development and local environment plans. These documents state factors which have to be complied with ie. floor and landscaped areas, height limits and how much of the site can be developed.

Detailed Design and Development:

The design is developed including input from consultants like a structural engineer

Development Application Lodgement:

This is where plans are lodged to gain approval from either Council or if the design complies with a Complying Development Certificate. These are the two avenues for approval.


The architect amasses a tender package where all items are detailed to go out to tender to builders. For example:

Large scale plans, electrical layouts, reflected ceiling plans, bathroom, kitchen, laundry details, construction details and a specification.

Selective Tendering:

This is where builders are selected to provide a price on the tender package. The builders have been selected by either recommendations from the client or the architect has used them before. They can be checked at the Department of Fair Trading to see they have a valid builder’s license. All builders are pricing on the same tender package.

Contract Administration:

A builder has been selected, contracts are signed between the clients and the builder and the architect administers the contract through site meetings, builder’s claims and progress certificates.

Practical Completion:

The project is finished and everyone is happy with their beautiful, architect designed house.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image: Ben Gerstel with tour participants on the Castlecrag walking tour
  • Photographer: Annette Dearing

This Month At Home Visits A Ken Woolley Classic

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On Sunday 25 August, 'At Home' invites you to explore a Twentieth Century residence designed by Sydney School architect - Ken Woolley.

Tucked away in Paddington, this white brick modernist house was the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Wilkinson Award for outstanding residential design in the 1980's.

Tone Wheeler, architect and AAA President will talk about Ken Woolley and this iconic award winning house along with architect Milenko who has restored/renovated the Paddington house.


Location: Paddington, 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 25 August 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.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Image: Paddington House designed by Ken Woolley (Images supplied by Tone Wheeler)