As I write this, Sydney is gearing up for a visit by Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs (UK). If I've been asked once, I've been asked a few hundred times if I know him and if so, can I introduce him! I know that Kevin is known and loved by so many people, not just in Australia, for his fantastic contribution to architecture and making it more accessible to the public, and I'm as excited by his visit as you probably are.
I don't know Kevin but I will have the opportunity to meet him when he arrives in Sydney for Grand Designs Australia Live, to be held at Darling Harbour on 21, 22, 23 October. I recently learned that Kevin is an architectural historian from Cambridge University, as well as a designer and I've followed the UK series since its inception. But we mustn't forget that we have our own Grand Designs Australia host, award-winning Melbourne architect, Peter Maddison who is doing an equally sterling job of bringing architecture to our screens and thus, creating an awareness of the role that good architecture plays in our society.
Grand Designs Australia is just one of the many events being held during October in Sydney. The Sydney Architecture Festival also kicks off on 20th and the AAA has a number of events planned. The return of the Short Black Talks sees us visiting a building that everyone is talking about; No 1 Bligh Street - the next generation in high performing, sustainable buildings designed by Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus. And Unseen Dupain, a AAA exhibition curated by AAA member, Dr Zeny Edwards of one of Australia's foremost photographers, Max Dupain's wonderful black and white photographs, which come from a collection of over 1,000 photographs that Dupain gave to the Australian Institute of Architects in 1989, some of which will be exhibited for the very first time.
You can also join our Sydney City Bar Tour, Twilight Sydney City Architecture Walk and Sydney City Architecture Walk. To celebrate the festival we are offering special rates for all our tours of $20 and $10 for students. As in all our other walking tours, AAA members can book online anytime and join these Festival tours for free to enjoy the architecture atmosphere.
We have re-launched our newsletter into an e-news format, one which we believe reflects the way in which information is delivered directly to your inbox in today's fast-paced world. Each month we will bring you news, profiles, projects and events. We hope that you enjoy this information and that you take the opportunity to participate in the many wonderful opportunities that the AAA provides for you to appreciate architecture.
Kate St James, FDIA