NSW: UK Architect Julian Lipscombe Gives Black Talk This Month

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Don't miss out on the 2016 AAA Black Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates, taking place on Wednesday 20 July. Hosted by AAA sponsor Austral Bricks at their Brickworks Design Studio, this talk promises to be an inspirational insight into how great architecture can enrich our experience of the built environment.

An Evolution in Approach

What role is there for a distinctive 'Sense of Place' in the seemingly inexorable tide of globalisation sweeping through architecture and the built environment?

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Julian Lipscombe (Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates) will explore his views on the subject by showcasing current work in helping to reimagine "The Original Modern City" and a headquarters for a major luxury brand. These commissions for Manchester and Jaguar Land Rover capture many themes that have evolved in Bennetts Associates approach to urban design and 'place' over the years.

The talk will chart this evolution as well as exploring its root in observation and the writings of Camillo Sitte, Gordon Cullen, Jane Jacobs, Jan Gehl and the like. In so doing, Julian will track essays on the subject in the practice's forthcoming book - Bennetts Associates: Five Insights.

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As founding members of the UK Green Building Council, Bennetts Associates has a solid reputation as one of the countries leading environmentally sustainable designers and Julian Lipscombe has overseen the design and construction of an impressive portfolio of multi-award winning and sustainable projects across the UK and Europe.

Bennetts Associates was established in 1987 and have offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Their dedication to approaching site and location with sensitivity, respect for history in adaptive reuse and intent to design sustainable buildings with a unique identity, has garnered numerous awards for the practice in all aspects of design and construction.

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These include 18 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards and two ‘Prime Minister’s Better Public Building’ awards – for the Jubilee Library in Brighton and 5 Pancras Square in King’s Cross, London - which also won the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Mixed Use and Other category in the Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.

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Bennetts Associates has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year by Building magazine and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the third time in 2011, for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Julian Lipscombe has presented to AAA audiences on two previous occasions. In 2014 he spoke about Bennetts Associates role in the transformation of Kings Cross which has been cited as an exemplary model for good urban planning. In 2012 Julian discussed Bennetts Associates design ethos and primary inspirations for the firms work, with the talk culminating in a case study of their design for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $50 (Early Bird Public - until 10 July 2016) / $60 (Public - After 10 July 2016) / $40 (AAA Members) / $35 (Students)
Note: Corporate members receive complimentary tickets, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous AAA audiences have raved about how great a speaker Julian Lipscombe is, this is definitely a talk you won’t want to miss. Click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Bennetts Associates
  • Images Source: Bennetts Associates
  • Image 1,2,3 & 4: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF is Bennetts Associates vision for the transformation of 140 acres (14%) of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly Station, triggered by the advent of the HS2 a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom directly linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
  • Image 5 & 6: The Shaftesbury Theatre, in London’s West End.
  • Image 7 & 8: 5 Pancras Square Camden, London, winner in the BREEAM Mixed Use and Other category Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.
  • Image 9 & 10: Private Residence in Cumbria UK, winner of a North West Award in the 2016 RIBA Regional Awards.

NSW Residential Bus Tour Takes Place 16 April


Don't miss out! This is your last chance to secure tickets for the NSW AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 16 April. Discover some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in the inner east of Sydney designed by architects such as Annabelle Chapman Architect, Chris Elliot Architects, Sam Crawford Architects and Stanic Harding Architecture + Interiors.


This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided. Join the tour and meet the architects to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 16 April 2016
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!
Click here to secure your place on the tour



NSW At Home With the Architect Visits the Southern Highlands



This month's NSW At Home with the Architect explores modular design and visits a holiday home in Exeter. Shortlisted in the 2015 national Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Residential Single category, the Southern Highlands house was designed and fabricated by Melbourne based company Intermode.

Combining exceptional design with an efficient and transparent building process you will experience how modular design can be customised to meet the specific requirements of clients and their building site. Sydney based architect, Ben Gerstel, was truly amazed and impressed when he visited the house and commented, 'whilst it is of modular design it became an individual house because of how it has been designed, ie black entry walls and its siting'. 

Owner and architect Gillian Simon will lead you through her house which has been designed and tailored to suit their lifestyle. Intermode collaborates with one of Australia's most influential and awarded multidisciplinary design firms - the Carr Design Group, bringing world-class architecture and design skills for uncompromising aesthetics.

Explore the interiors and exteriors of the home and be inspired learning about the adaptability of modular design.

Tour Details
Location: Exeter 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 - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday 10 April 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens, Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images 1 & 2: Exterior views of Exeter House
  • Image 2: Exeter House ensuite
  • Images Sources: Intermode & Carr Design Group
  • Photographer: Justin Alexander

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Fairlight


This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits a contemporary terrace house in Fairlight designed by Marston Architects. A&M House completed in 2015 was designed as two residences with identical planning, offset from one another for privacy of the occupants.

The homes have been designed as a series of pavilions with courtyards in between providing private open space to bedroom and office spaces as well as a connection between the interior and surrounding environment. The living spaces and main bedrooms located at the rear of the property open out onto terraces with views across Fairlight beach and Manly Cove.

Marston Architects is a small Sydney based studio set up by Vivianne Marston in 1985. The practices portfolio of work includes single homes, alterations and additions, multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

Explore the interiors and exteriors of A&M House and be inspired as Vivianne Marston explains how her design was conceptualised and executed.

Tour Details
Location: Fairlight 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: 28 February 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images Source: Marston Architects - A&M House
  • Photographer: Katherine Lu

Save 20% on the first AAA Castlecrag walk for 2016

Castlecrag tour

Come and join us on the first AAA walking tour for 2016.

One of our most popular walks is the AAA Castlecrag walking tour 1 which is being offered for the first time in January.

Castlecrag is one of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs, perched on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove and is only a 15 minute drive from the CBD.

Discover the many Walter Burley Griffin pathways winding down and through Castlecrag, leading to many architectural gems both new and heritage listed.  Enjoy this 2 hour walk with a knowledgeable AAA tour guide.

Don’t miss out, book now!