Archive 2012

CPD Talks Series - Home Automation + Managing Stress


In April, AAA, in association with In House Group 3, will bring you 2 CPD presentations.

The first one on 4th April will be on Sound Systems and Home Automation by Slade Hedderman of Hall & Hedderman.  Entertainment technologies have changed a lot in the past 10 years.  How can home automation and sound systems be designed to remain flexible for the future?  Whether you are designing a luxury project or if you want to automate your home, this talk is for you!

Book here for the CPD talk on Sound Systems and Home Automation

On 10th April, Hugh Todd from Todd Coaching will give you tips to minimise unnecessary stress while maintaining your performance.  This talk is suitable for everyone who feels the impact of stress on your performance.

Book here for the CPD talk on Managing Stress and Pressure for Peak Performance

Here is another stress management tip for NSW Registered Architects, getting your CPD points early in the registration year will save you from stress at the end of next March, so don't delay and book for both now!


Julian Lipscombe's 10 Favourite Buildings and Places

We thought it would be great to get an early insight into what inspires Julian and asked him what his current top ten buildings and places are in the world.
Sydney Opera House, 1973, Jorn Utzon

1204A2On family visits to Sydney I always make a point of spending time here. Ubiquitous it may be as a cultural and architectural icon, but the fusion of expressive form and stunning setting still electrifies the spirit. The building inspires at so many levels from the famously rationalised structure of the shells to the beams in the undercroft and the light-responsive tiled cladding.

(Photo by Vincent Lam)

Louisiana Museum, Denmark, 1958-91, Jorgen Bo & Vilhelm Wohlert

1204A3There is surely no more delightful a place to experience modern art with the framing of the natural world as part of the collection. The quiet understatement of the building, rich sequential experience, human scale, subtle modulation of space, use of materials and culmination at the sea made a profound impression when I visited a few years ago.

(Photo by Peter Lindberg @ Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons)

Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, UK, 1515

1204A4As a choirboy, major churches were the first to capture my imagination with their symbiotic relationship between music and built form. King's College is the finest example with its simplicity of plan, elegance of structure, play of light and extravagant fan vaulted soffit. The scale, delicacy and transparency of the space create a sense of modernity that defies its 500-year vintage.

(Photo by Oliver Mallich@ Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons)

Coventry Cathedral, UK, 1962, Sir Basil Spence

1204A5A poetic memorial to the destruction of war with the approach through the haunting bomb damaged original. On entry, the sombre power of the mass brickwork flanks contrasts brilliantly with the luminous stained glass that presents itself on exit. The thundering roof supported on the finest of pin joints is both magical in concept and exquisite in detail.

(Photo by Andrew Walker @ Wikipedia. Licensed by Creative Commons)

Marika-Alderton House, Northern Territory, Australia, 1994, Glenn Murcutt

I could have chosen any of Murcutt's work but I have opted for this house primarily because of its response to the environmental and logistical context. The harsh climate and remote location have led to a solution that is uniquely Australian. In particular, the way that the building touches the earth lightly is both elegant and respectful of the Aboriginal heritage of its owner.

Turn End, Haddenham, UK, 1967, Aldington, Craig & Collinge

This grouping of three houses in a small village speaks to my upbringing in the English countryside. They connect with the local vernacular but in a way that was deliberately radical at the time as a counterpoint to the creeping tide of sub urbanism. Clearly influenced by Aalto, they contain humane spaces and delightful walled gardens created by the architect himself.

Exeter Library, New Hampshire, USA, 1971, Louis Kahn

1204A6Unfortunately a building that I have only admired from the pages of a monograph and the testimony of colleagues who have visited.  An essay in clarity, legibility, diversity, richness, materiality and crafted detail. The transition from the powerful communal spaces at the heart to the quietly iconic individual study carrels set into the facade gives particular pleasure.

(Photo by Pablo Sanchez @ Flickr.  Licensed by Creative Commons)

St Catherine's College, Oxford, UK, 1962, Arne Jacobsen

1204A7A touchstone in the work of our practice and somewhere I have visited countless times.

The simplicity of overall form and extruded section are juxtaposed with a variety at detail level that creates great richness.

Spaces such as the refectory (or ‘Hall') and library have a timeless presence and everything is controlled by the same hand, all the way down to the cutlery.

Photo by Seier+Seier @ Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons)

Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

1204A8One could have chosen any of the Tuscan hill towns but Cortona is a particular favourite. More than any other I have visited, it has the quality of being hewn out of the very rock on which it stands. The sequences of routes/spaces and the informal placing of public buildings resonate with the writings of Camillo Sitte that have informed much of our urban design work.

(Photo by Paul Denker @ Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons)

Olympic Velodrome, London, UK, 2011, Hopkins & Partners

1204A9The undisputed star of London 2012. A great building at every level from its 
distinctive form to the visitor experience and performance environment. Having reviewed the building for the New London Architecture awards, there is not one aspect that jars. The roof is a sublime exercise in structural efficiency and its sustainability credentials are impeccable.

(Photo by Alexander Kachkaev @ Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons)

AAA International Architects Talk: Julian Lipscombe


The AAA is proud to support a special talk by international architect Julian Lipscombe, director of UK firm Bennetts Associates Architects, at Sydney University, 6pm Tuesday 3 April. Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fascinating presentation on some of the high profile projects completed by firm.

Bennetts Associates were a founding member of the UK Green Building Council and play an active role in it's governance and events. They have designed an impressive portfolio of multi award winning sustainable projects across the UK and Europe.


One of the projects that will be discussed at Sydney University on Tuesday night, is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the past year, this exceptional cultural building has been recognised with a series of design industry awards such as the RIBA Award, the Civic Trust Award, the FX International Interior Design Awards - 'Leisure or Entertainment Venue' winner and Building Awards Project of the Year.  It was one of the six shortlisted projects for the RIBA Sterling Prize chosen from more than 70 RIBA award winners.  Click here to watch a presentation of the design on the RIBA website!

Available for sale on the evening at a special price of $15, will be a monograph on the RST project that includes a description of the project from inception through to completion, along with images, conceptual sketches, through to design drawings. The monographs will also be available at a later date through the AAA website.

Click here to book your ticket to the event.

Members of the AAA and students (with student ID) are entitled to discounted tickets.

Exhibition Opening: Drawn by Design


On Saturday 17 March members and volunteers of the AAA were invited to attend the official opening of the exhibition Drawn By Design - The Art of Architecture, at the Art Atrium gallery in Bondi Junction.

The gallery was filled to capacity for an afternoon enjoying conversation with some of Australia's leading architects and gaining an insight into the art that informs the realisation of our built environment.

The afternoon kicked was off by gallery owner (and architect) Simon Chan introducing the architects who took part in the exhibition and official opening speech by federal MP Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull spoke about the historical importance of sketching and drawing by architects in the realisation of great civic constructions. Using the example of famous architect Apollodorus of Damascus who completed many major buildings for Emperor Trajan in Ancient Rome, Malcolm Turnbull highlighted how government can play a role in helping to realise the architectural artefacts and monuments that help define our culture. He also spoke of how drawing is the starting point of inspiration and makes the intangible, tangible and real.

This exhibition is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the things that inspire architects and the way they work through their ideas in a visual form.

Included in the exhibition are drawings by the following architects: Camilla Block, Malcolm Carver, Philip Cox, Neil Durbach, Richard Goodwin, David Holm, Chris Johnson, Colin Madigan, Glenn Murcutt, Paul Pholeros, Peter Stutchbury, Alec Tzannes, Tone Wheeler and Ken Woolley.

The exhibition will run throughout Art Month until the 7 April. Check the Art Atrium website for opening times.

Australian Modern - Sydney Launch Event


On Thursday 26 April, Object Gallery and the AAA are supporting the launch of Australian Modern, a new publication that explores Australian mid 20th century architecture, design, art and furniture.

‘All About Architecture' readers are invited to attend this free event, which starts at 6pm in Object Gallery. The evenings' program includes light refreshments and a slide show followed by a forum discussion. You will also have an opportunity to meet the publication's designers and its' Sydney writers.

With the inception of Australian Modern, Chris Osborne Publishing have provided a forum for discussion about the projects, people and style of the period. It is an enlightening read about the mid century modern movement and its' talented and often overlooked designers.

Numbers are strictly limited for the event. If you wish to attend please reserve your place here.

To learn more about Australian Modern visit their website. Copies will be available for sale at the launch event.