Archive 2012

CPD Talks Series - Artistic Expression in Timber Flooring


Do you know much about Timber Parquetry and how it can be used to enhance the aesthetics of residential and commercial buildings?

Ivan Kirton and Terry Greaved from Ivan Kirton Parquetry will explain how the acclimatisation process and moisture content of timber affect the installation. They will also discuss the specification of sound insulation to enable the use of parquety in residential units.

You can accrue 1 formal CPD point on completion of this talk.


CPD Talks Series - Introduction to Environmental Rating Schemes


With new environmental rating tools being developed regularly, how can architects, building designers and specifiers understand let alone choose an ecolabelling program, a building product or a green building?  The talk will provide a broad overview of environmental rating systems and their relationship to materials and sustainability.

Our presenter, Amy Luscombe from Allixir, is a sustainability change specialist, embedding environmentally and socially beneficial outcomes into organisations standard operational space and practice with energy and vision. Amy has a diverse background in environmental management and sustainability consulting across a range of industries and sectors.

You can accrue 1 formal CPD point on completion of this talk.

Location & Parking Details: SOHO Annex South, Cnr Crewe Place and Rothschild Avenue, Rosebery. Street Parking available.


New President for AAA

1208H1Tone Wheeler, recognised leading environmental architect has recently been elected the new president of the Australian Architecture Association.

Tone Wheeler, Principal architect of his own practice Environa Studio and AAA Founding member, is also an author, educator, and consultant and has won several awards for environmentally sustainable design projects.

We look forward to Tone's new and exciting era of leadership.



The Rocks Walk



On 7 July, we launched our third new walk of the year, The Rocks Walk.  Led by volunteers Vincent Lam and Maryam Miri, this walk is not the usual touristy tour of the heritage suburb.  We have selected a mix of heritage and contempory buildings which reflect the evolution of Australia's first suburb in the past 220 years.

1208F2We started from the newly completed wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art where Maryam explained the philosophy behind the controversial design.  We then tracked along the coast to see a great variety of buildings from the heritage Cadman's Cottage, the postmodern Park Hyatt to the contemporary adaptive re-use of the Walsh Bay Wharves.  Vincent brought everyone up to Munn Street Reserve where he told the story about Barangaroo while we witnessed the start of the demolition of the concrete yard for the Headland Park.

After the walk, we were excited to have our new President, Tone Wheeler, meeting all the attendees at the launch event.  Thanks to our venue sponsor, CATC Design School, we were able to warm ourselves up on this cold winter afternoon while enjoying a beautiful harbour view at the heart of The Rocks.  Over sushi and cheeseboard, we mingled and chatted for more than an hour.



Take a look at our facebook album of the launch walk. Also don't forget to "like" our facebook page to bring more news and offers from the AAA right onto your facebook wall.

If you have missed out on the launch tour, make sure you book into one of the walks below:

(Photographs by Doug Cooper)

Launch Event Venue Sponsor:




Who Says Sustainability and Business Are Not Compatible?

On 9 August, ‘All About Architecture' subscribers are invited to a free talk organised by InHouse Group 3, at the Cervantes Institute. The talk will be presented by Actiu, a European Manufacturer of equipment for public and work spaces, that was founded 40 years ago by entrepreneur Vincente Berbegal.

The presentation will showcase the Actiu Technology Park completed in 2009. Designed by Tomas Llavador Architects and Engineers who are based in Valencia Spain, the Actiu Technology Park was awarded with a LEED Gold Certificate by the US Green Building Council. The development is self sufficient by virtue of having the largest photovoltaic plant in Europe. By producing five times the energy needed for its production, it prevents emissions of up to 8250 tons of Co2 into the atmosphere.

Don't miss this opportunity to study a successful case-study in Europe, that proves sustainability applied to industry is possible and profitable, and that is the future of our society.

Place: Cervantes Institute, 22-24 City Rd, Chippendale (Wheel chair accessible)

Date: Thursday 9th August 2012

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm sharp start

Tickets: Free admission (including tapas, sangria and paella after the presentation)

Booking is essential as seats are limited.

RSVP here to secure your place and be eligible for 1 formal CPD point.