Season's Greetings

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AAA office will be closed from 22 December 2014 and will re-open on 12 January 2015.  See you at our events in the new year!

Canon Discounts - AAA Member Exclusive

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It pays to be a member of the AAA! Australian Architecture Association partner Canon offers special discounts to AAA members.

As a member of the Australian Architecture Association you are entitled to join the Canon Rewards Club, which offers AAA members the opportunity to discover a range of unique offers from Canon Australia.

As a Canon Rewards Club member you can take advantage of some awesome discounts, unique offers and special promotions that are available to AAA members.

Some of the main benefits you can expect from Canon include:

  • Great discounts on a massive range of Canon products - including cameras, lenses, printers and ink!
  • Free delivery across Australia
  • 14 day peace of mind,
  • Access to unique sales and promotions.

For a limited time you can enjoy a great discount on AAA membership for 2015 by visiting our 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone' campaign and select the reward of either an individual membership or dual membership. Hurry the Pozible membership offer ends 12.00pm EST Tuesday 2 December 2014. Click here to take advantage.

The AAA member activation code will be sent to members this week to coincide with the issue of the December issue of 'All About Architecture'. Enter your activation code and start your christmas shopping!

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Discover Italian Architecture and Design On A Study Tour in 2015

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International study tours are a unique opportunity for architects, designers and design enthusiasts to enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for a particular geographical area or topic. Appreciating this fact, AAA member, interior designer, editor of Grand Designs Australia and Italophile, Kate St James has again curated a tour to Italy especially orientated towards architects and designers.

This tour focuses on architecture and landscape in several locations in Italy, including but not limited to Cinque Terre, Carrara marble mines, Venice and Vincenza, offering a program in partnership with exhibitions and institutions, culminating in a personalised study of Expo Milan 2015.

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It is Kate's personal experience living in and travelling through Italy that was the catalyst for these tours that she creates specifically for the design industry in conjunction with trusted colleagues in Italy.

'For our 2015 study tours we offer two departure dates in July and October. Our program draws on our wide network of scholars and colleagues, who have tailored the tours to the interests of our participants', said Kate.

'This 14 day program is the result of extensive research by our Italian partners and is designed for those who have an interest in architecture and design which goes beyond the standard guidebooks, visiting destinations covering a multiple disciplines, structures and geographic areas. Of course we include pauses for leisure and personal exploration of la dolce vita too, as no visit to Italy should be purely academic'.

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You will also have unprecedented access to signifcant sites and you will be in great company, enhancing your experiences with debate and input from your co-coordinators, hosts and study colleagues with a wide expertise in a variety of disciplines.

This special study tour focuses on gems of architecture, presenting rich layers of urban history with on-site visits offering insight into urban changes and the challenges of historic preservation and adaptive re-use of landmark structures to resolve contemporary urban difficulties in a country overflowing with superb cultural moments.

Combining the Study Tour with Expo Milan 2015 offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey spanning not just Italian and European, but international architecture with exhibition pavilions and interiors by architects from a host of countries which are spending millions of euro to competitively present and exhibit the best of their country under the provocative theme: Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life.

For more information, itinerary and pricing contact:
Annette Dearing
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  • Images: provided by Kate St James
  • Image 1: Cinque Terra
  • Image 2: Carrara marble mine
  • Image 3: Venice

 

 

ARTPark 'Sculpture on the Wharf' Opens This Weekend

ARTPark and The Finger Wharf Management invite you to the opening of 'Sculpture on the Wharf'. The exhibition will be officially opened by Australian Architecture Association President and Principal of Environa Studio, Tone Wheeler, on Sunday 30 November.

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Be the first to experience a collection of significant artists in this unique location.

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  • Image: Kaspar 'Harmony', Cor-Ten Steel at the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, photograph and invitation provided by ARTPark Australia.

 

At Home With the Architect - Chris Brookes

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This month the Australian Architecture Association has a fabulous house featured in our open house series 'At Home With the Architect'. The house will be opened on Sunday 30 November and features the work of Brookes Associates Architects.

Chris Brookes B Arch (UNSW) FRAIA established his practice Brookes Associates Architects in 1983 after working in award winning practices such as Edwards Madigan Torzillo & Briggs (now HBO+EMTB) and Fombertaux Rice Hanly (now Rice Daubney), where he became a director.

Brookes Associates Architects operates out of Balmain in a building designed by the practice. While growing into a boutique designer of individual homes, the practice continues to undertake all types of projects. In 1980 Chris enhanced his considerable construction knowledge by obtaining a builders licence and constructing a number of house projects over 20 years concurrently with running his architectural practice. Chris has also served as an examiner in architectural practice for the NSW Architects Registration Board.

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The practice has had many homes featured in 'Houses', 'Luxury Home Design', and 'Contemporary Home Design' magazines. It has won two Commonwealth Bank / Master Builders Association 'Excellence In Housing' awards for new houses. With his design for a hydrotherapy pool building for people with disabilities, Chris won the BHP competition for community projects open to architects Australia wide. The practice has completed many projects for Sylvanvale Disability Services catering for people with special needs. Chris has also won a limited architectural competition to design a golf Teaching Facility building at the Lakes Golf Club, Sydney.

Tour Details:
House Location: Sylvania Waters
Please note the address will be forwarded to ticket holders in the days preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 November 2014

Don't miss out, places for the tour are limited. Enjoy early bird discounts by booking now!

Enjoy a great discount on tickets for the At Home With the Architect open house series in 2015 by visiting our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: provided by Brookes Associates Architects
  • Image 1: Exterior view of the Sylvania Waters residence
  • Image 2: Interior view of the Sylvania Waters Residence
  • Photographers: Real Photo

 

Keep Architecture Open to Everyone: Pledge on Pozible

The AAA needs you. Donate NOW!

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We want to continue providing to you a rich program of walks, tours and talks in 2015 in Sydney and expand our program in Melbourne. We are running an operations funding drive on the crowd funding website Pozible. By pledging you 'Keep Architecture Open for Everyone' and you reap some great rewards for your generosity!

Donate now and be rewarded! Click here to show you love the AAA.

The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is a not for profit organisation that has been promoting a greater understanding of architecture and design since 2004.

The AAA is a volunteer run organisation, and it is only possible for us to continue providing educational programs with the generous support of our members, partners and volunteers.

We are reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $7,500 to help us continue to run and ultimately continue to expand our yearly program of educational walks, tours and talks. We have put together some great benefits in appreciation of your support.

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The Australian Architecture Association's vision is that through education and greater understanding, people have the power to effect positive change in the way their built environment is shaped.

Our yearly program includes:

  • Weekly architectural walking tours through suburbs around Sydney that promote an understanding of the unique qualities of Sydney's Communities and environment.
  • Monthly opening the doors of a private home and meeting the architects who demonstrate how clever design can better serve the needs of individuals.
  • Bus tours showcasing residential architecture both locally and interstate.
  • Special talks that provide an opportunity to discover developments in contemporary design and how home grown and international designers can contribute to a more sustainable future.
  • In 2015 we plan to expand the program of our new chapter based in Melbourne.

The Australian Architecture Association is not about promoting individual designers, it is about allowing people to understand and celebrate the value of architecture, urban planning and heritage.

We believe that everyone should be empowered to effect positive change on the way our cities are shaped and this can only happen through fostering understanding and encouraging people to debat the merits of architecture and design.

We want to thank you in advance for your generous support!

Click here to show you love the Australian Architecture Association and you want to 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'!

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Keep Architecture Open
  • Image 1 Photographer: Vincent Lam
  • Image 2: Images from At Home With the Architect
  • Image 2: Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

Melbourne's First At Home With the Architect Takes Place

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The Australian Architecture Association is excited to announce that the very first AAA Melbourne open house series 'At Home With the Achitect' will be taking place this month on Sunday 23 November.

November is the month for Victorian architecture and design enthusiasts to visit a home designed by Clare Cousins Architects. Meet the architect and learn all about how the residence was conceived and built.

Clare Cousins founded her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA), in 2005 and has since established a significant body of work that has won a number of industry awards and been widely published. Clare was awarded the AIA National Emerging Architect of 2013, an acknowledgement of her proactive industry involvement, as well as recognition of her architectural contribution.

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At CCA, Clare leads a youthful and energetic design team in which ideas are debated and developed, resulting in innovative yet pragmatic design outcomes. The studio undertakes projects ranging from bespoke houses to multi-residential housing, retail design, mixed-use developments and commercial master-planning. Each project evolves from a considered response to site, context, program, affordability and sustainability.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community as a mentor, educator, public speaker, committee member and industry representative. She has also been proactive in providing substantial pro-bono services in response to the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires.

Tour Details:
House Location: Prahran, VIC
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 23 November 2014

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the tour click here.

Enjoy a great discount on tickets for the At Home With the Architect open house series in 2015 by visiting our Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Prahran House designed by Clare Couzens Architects
  • Photographer: Shannon McGrath

 

MPavilion Designed By Sean Godsell Is Now Open To the Public

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MPavilion is a temporary pavilion built in the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne's Southbank precinct. Designed by Sean Godsell, this initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victoria State Government, offers to the public a program of talks, workshops, performances and installations, free to the public over the period 7 October 2014 - 1 February 2015.

All About Architecture readers and Australian Architecture Association Members will be familiar with Sean Godsell's name. His work has been featured on previous AAA residential tours in Victoria and he was a recent keynote speaker for the AAA Short Black talk held at the RMIT Design Hub as an associated event with Melbourne Indesign.

If you missed out on Sean's talk, it will be available in 2015 on the educational website eClassroom. AAA partner eClassroom allows design enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the AAA's past talks, all in the comfort of your own home. For professionals the talks offer formal CPD (continuing professional development) points.

Don't forget to support the Australian Architecture Association's Pozible campaign 'Keep Architecture Open for Everyone', where your donations earn you fab rewards like cheap membership, tickets to AAA walks, tours and talks and extra goodies from our fantastic sponsors!

Your generosity ensures that the AAA can continue to offer its rich program of events in Sydney, expand on its program in Melbourne and venture into other states for special events.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: sourced from Sean Godsell Architects (SGA)
  • Photographer: Earl Carter

 

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

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I visited this beautiful Gallery recently which is nestled on a hilltop overlooking a charming green valley with stunning views of the meandering Tweed River and Mount Warning peak.

The Gallery and the Olley Centre were designed by award winning Brisbane architect, Bud Brannigan.  The Olley centre, only opened in 2014, is housed in an extended wing of the original building.

When Margaret Olley died in 2011, she left behind many paintings, art pieces and lots of household clutter in her terrace house in Duxford Street, Paddington where she lived for nearly half a century.

The artist's studio and ‘yellow room' have been recreated entirely in a magic cave with Olley memorabilia. The Margaret Olley Art centre is a crowded house with a big heart.

Quoted as being one of the best rural Galleries in Australia, the Tweed Regional Gallery is opened to the public from Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.  Free admission.

Website: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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  • Article & Photos by: Annette Dearing

Twilight Walk - $10 Special in November

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Don't miss out on our $10 Twilight Walk Early Bird Special.

On every Wednesday evening this November, you can enjoy a guided walking tour of Sydney's CBD in the evening light for less than half price!

Our trained volunteers will share their passion and knowledge of some of the city's most important buildings.   Learn about 1 Bligh Street by the German architect Christoph Ingenhoven and the Australian firm Architectus.and see how it achieves its 6 Star Green Rating!

Find out more about the tour and book now here.

Walk Through Time Tour - $10 Special in November and December

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Don't miss out on our $10 Walk Through Time Special.

The AAA is feeling the christmas spirit and is offering a special early bird deal to participate in the Walk Through Time for:

10.00am - 12.00pm Wednesday 19 November; and
10.00am - 12.00pm Wednesday 3 December

You can enjoy a guided walking tour and see 200 years of Sydney architecture for less than half price!

Our trained volunteers will share their passion and knowledge of some of the city's most important buildings.   Learn about Hyde Park Barracks by the convict architect Francis Greenway and then discover the progression of architecture through styles such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and Modernism.

Find out more about the tour and book now here.

At Home With the Architect - Newtown House by Architect Prineas

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This month the Australian Architecture Association has a fabulous house featured in our open house series 'At Home With the Architect'.  The house will be opened on Sunday 26 October and features the work of Architect Prineas.

Eva-Marie Prineas established her practice Architect Prineas in 2004 after working in award practices such as Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners and Environa Studio.

An active advocate for the architectural profession, Eva-Marie was one of the founders of DARCH - the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects. She continues to mentor emerging architects as an educator at the University of Sydney, examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects and jury member for NSW architectural awards.

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Exposure to Heritage Conservation areas in Eva-Marie's early career has set the foundation for Architect Prineas' philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special.

Architect Prineas's team work together with their clients and builders to engage in a process of place making. Be it an extreme or intimate change, a reinvention or an enhancement - every project is an opportunity to be part of their clients' distinctive routines and vision for living.

The practice shares their knowledge and love for quality spaces and aesthetic, creating enduring places to live, work and visit.

Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Time: 11am-1pm

Date: Sunday 26 October 2014

Location: Newtown (Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.)

Don't miss out, places for the tour are limited. Enjoy early bird discounts by booking now!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 3D render image by Architect Prineas.
  • Image 2: Heritage facade photo by David Liddle, supplied by Architect Prineas.

 

November Tour by AAA Partner Melbourne Architours

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Melbourne Architours are AAA partners who share a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

November is the month to get active, brush the cobwebs off your bicyles and hit the streets! Join their Richmond Tour Bike on Saturday 15 November.

Tour Details: Richmond Tour by Bike
Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Date: Saturday 15 November

Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Melbourne Architours is a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design. Keen to share their knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, they invite you on a tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric. Join Architours on their CBD or inner urban tours. A great social outing, its not unusual for tour participants to continue the conversation afterwards over a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to dissect the good and the bad about the city and its architecture.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

October Events - AAA Partner Melbourne Architours

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The Australian Architecture Association is excited to partner with Melbourne Architours, who share a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

Melbourne Architours is a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design. Keen to share their knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, they invite you on a walking tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric. Join Architours on their CBD or inner urban tours. A great social outing, its not unusual for tour participants to continue the conversation afterwards over a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to dissect the good and the bad about the city and its architecture.

There are some great Architour walks and tours taking place in October you won't want to miss.

Walking Tour - Modernism to Contemporary Walking Tour (City East): 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 4 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Walking Tour - Settlement to Marvellous: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 18 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Special Tour - Innovation Through Architecture: An Open Studio Tour for City of Melbourne's Knowledge Week: 10.00am - 12.00pm Friday 31 October
In Collaboration with the Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Melbourne Architours are curating a bespoke architour of the most innovative architectural practices for Melbourne Knowledge Week, taking tour attendees behind the scenes to selected architectural offices to witness innovation as it happens.
For further information click here.

Bike Tour - Richmond Tour by Bike: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 15 November
Click here to visit Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

News From Victoria - AAA Partners with Melbourne Architours

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The Australian Architecture Association will soon be offering more local events for Victorian architecture and design enthusiasts.

AAA volunteer, architect Steve Rose, is our new representative in Melbourne and recently jointly organised a AAA Short Black - Architects In Their Space Talk by Sean Godsell at RMIT Design Hub, as a part of Melbourne Indesign the Event.

With the establishment of a Melbourne chapter, the AAA is excited to partner with Melbourne Architours, who share a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

Melbourne Architours is a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design. Keen to share their knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, they invite you on a walking tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric. Join Architours on their CBD or inner urban tours. A great social outing, its not unusual for tour participants to continue the conversation afterwards over a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to dissect the good and the bad about the city and its architecture.

There are some great Architour walks and tours taking place in October you won't want to miss.

Walking Tour - Modernism to Contemporary Walking Tour (City East): 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 4 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Walking Tour - Settlement to Marvellous: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 18 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Special Tour - Innovation Through Architecture: An Open Studio Tour for City of Melbourne's Knowledge Week: 10.00am - 12.00pm Friday 31 October
In Collaboration with the Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Melbourne Architours are curating a bespoke architour of the most innovative architectural practices for Melbourne Knowledge Week, taking tour attendees behind the scenes to selected architectural offices to witness innovation as it happens.
For further information click here.

Bike Tour - Richmond Tour by Bike: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 15 November
Click here to visit Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

AAA Sculpture Tour Takes Place during Art & About Sydney 2014

Art & About Sydney 2014 - AAA Sculpture Walk

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Art & About Sydney is a collaborative arts festival where every street, laneway, building site, intersection and thoroughfare is a canvas for creation and storytelling.

From home-delivered theatre performances in private living rooms, to Sydney's largest backyard party in Martin Place, Art & About Sydney 2014 is set to excite and delight.

With a program boasting works from the quirky to the quintessentially Australian, local and international artists will present works that explore the festival theme of 'endangered' from 19 September to 12 October.

As an associated event the AAA presents its Sculpture Walk on Sunday 12 October.

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Discover the stories behind some of the sculpture in Sydney's public domain. This years tour traces the development of sculpture over time, from the colonial period into the digital age of today.

Tour Details:
Time: 2-4pm
Date: Sunday 12 October 2014
Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (students/senior) / AAA Members Free

Numbers are limited - don't miss out!
Click here to attend the tour.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens and Art & About Sydney
  • Image: Jenny Holtzer 'I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa)', 2014, photographer Vanessa Couzens

 

Its Time For Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi 2014

18th Annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Exhibition

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhbition will return to the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 23 October - 9 November 2014.

Each year this stunning stretch of Sydney coastline is transformed into a spectacular outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by Australian and international artists. This year 37 first time exhibitors from Australia and around the world, with more than a dozen sculptures in this year's exhibition coming from the Japanese artistic community.

One of Sydney's most beloved and photogenic events, the outdoor sculpture exhibition attracts 500,000 visitors annually.

To learn more about what's on offer this year at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, visit the website by clicking here.

 

  • Text: Sourced from Sculpture by the Sea
  • Image: Sourced from Sculpture by the Sea, artwork 'Concealed Craft' by Kirsten Lewis, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013, photographer W. Patino

 

Last Chance To See Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi 2014

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition will finish this Sunday 9 November 2014.

Each year this stunning stretch of Sydney coastline is transformed into a spectacular outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by Australian and international artists. This year 37 first time exhibitors from Australia and around the world, with more than a dozen sculptures in this year's exhibition coming from the Japanese artistic community.

One of Sydney's most beloved and photogenic events, the outdoor sculpture exhibition attracts 500,000 visitors annually.

To learn more about what's on offer this year at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, visit the website by clicking here.

Congratulations to the artists selected for awards and subsidies in 2014:

  • Peter Lundberg (United States) recipient of the $60,000 Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize;
  • Stephen King (NSW) recipient of the $10,000 Artistic Excellence Program donated by Leonie & James Furber;
  • Chris Bailey (New Zealand) recipient of the NZ$7,000 Wallace Arts Trust New Zealand Sculptor Award;
  • Kerrie Argent (WA) recipient of the $5,000 Waverley Council Mayor's Prize;
  • Hannah Streefkert (Sweden) recipient of the $5,000 Art Gallery of NSW Prize;
  • Mark Nixon & George King of collaboration group NEON (VIC) recipients of the $5,000 Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015.

  • Text: Sourced from Sculpture by the Sea
  • Image: Sourced from Sculpture by the Sea
  • Artwork 'Our memory in your place' by Byeong Doo Moon (South Korea), Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014
  • Photographer: Clyde Yee

 

University of NSW Presents Six Lectures By Harry Seidler

Harry Seidler Lectures on Architecture

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The University of NSW Built Environment is pleased to present the six filmed lectures of Harry Seidler from 1980, while he was inaugural visiting professor at UNSW - the first Australian University to offer him such a post.

This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Seidler's UNSW honarary Doctor of Science of 1999.

The lectures are a unique summary of Seidler's architectural philosophy and approach to modern design - his details, construction, aesthetics, philosophy on housing and even two lectures of how he say an affinity between the baroque and modern form.

Each lecture is illustrated with slides and footage shows his pointer dot so that viewers can relive the teachings from this modern master.

The lectures were previously sold in a video format and UNSW is now pleased to make this educational content available to a wider audience at no cost. For anyone wanting to understand modernism and Harry Seidler's architecture - watching these lectures is a must.

The lectures will also assist students and architectural passionates to prepare for a deeper understanding in time for the Museum of Sydney's upcoming exhibition 'Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design' from 1 November 2014 - 8 March 2015.

Watch Harry Seilder's lectures on architecture by clicking here.

 

  • Text: Sourced from the University of NSW website
  • Image: The Keyhole at Australia Square Tower, photographer Vanessa Couzens, 2013.

 

 

Last Chance! AAA Residential Bus Tour Takes Place This Saturday

Australian Architecture Association Open House Series: Residential Bus Tour

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This Saturday 6 September, the AAA Residential Bus Tour takes place. Don't miss out! Some tickets are still available.

Enjoy a relaxing and informative day exploring inside some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture in the northern beaches. Featured on the day will be residences designed by such architects as Belinda Koopman of Peter Stutchbury Architecture and Jim Koopman of Allen Jack + Cottier, Connor + Solomon ArchitectsHarry SeidlerRichard Cole Architects and Utz Sanby Architects.

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Meet the architects and learn about how the houses were designed and built.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (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.

 

 

Residential Bus Tour - November 2014

Join the final AAA Residential Bus Tour for 2014 on Saturday 29 November.

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Enjoy a relaxing and informative day exploring inside some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture in the eastern, western and lower north shore suburbs. Featured on the day will be residences designed by such architects as Richard Cole Architecture, Jorge Hrdina Architects, Drew Heath Architects, Connor + Solomon Architects and Carter Williamson Architects.

Meet the architects and learn about how the houses were designed and built.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 29 November 2014
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (Public) / $170 (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.

Support the Australian Architecture Association by visiting our Pozible campaign page 'Keep Architecture Open to Everyone'. Chose the Residential Bus Tour reward and you can get advance tickets for you and a friend in 2015.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Exterior of the Angophora House designed by Richard Cole Architecture
  • Image 1 Photographer: Simon Wood
  • Image 2: Interior of the Angophora House designed by Richard Cole Architecture
  • Image 2 Photographer: Simon Wood

 

AAA Partners in Sydney Design 2014

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This month the Powerhouse Museum presents Sydney Design. Taking place from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 August, this years festival theme explores changes in the way we design, produce and consume. As a festival partner the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is offering special festival prices for a number of its guided walking tours, where you can learn how design has evolved and changed.

Discover some of the key buildings of the city centre on the City Walk, or experience some of the rich collection of public art in the Sculpture Walk. Gain an overview of how architecture and the city have developed over 200 years during the Walk Through Time, or rove further afield and delight in a garden suburb on the Castlecrag Walking Tour.

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Walks Details:

Sydney City Walk: 10am-12pm, Saturday 16 & Saturday 23 August
Book up to one week before and get a special early bird price of $20

AAA Sculpture Walk: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 16 August
Special festival price of $25 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

Castlecrag Walking Tour: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 16 August
Festival price of $25 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

Walk Through Time: 10am-12pm, Wednesday 20 August
$30 (public) / $15 (seniors & students)

With a multitude of exhibitions, workshops, talks, installations and tours, Sydney Design 2014 promises to be a great opportunity to experience many aspects of the way we design, produce and consume. Check out the AAA and other partners on the Sydney Design website by clicking here.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: provided by the Powerhouse Museum - Sydney Design 2014
  • Photograph: Forgotten Songs, 2011 by Michael Thomas Hill
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

AAA Committee Member Annalisa Capurro Talks At MOS

On Sunday 17 August AAA Committee Member Annalisa Capurro, takes part in a talk at the Museum of Sydney (MoS), called Protecting Iconic Houses.

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With Sydney's real estate at an ever-increasing premium and the process of listing heritage homes becoming more difficult, the future of many iconic Australian houses is under serious threat.

In this talk hear Philip Goad, professor of architecture at the University of Melbourne, Annalisa Capurro, design educator and owner of the Jack House (winner of the Sulman Award in 1957), and Ian Innes, Assistant Director, Heritage at Sydney Living Museums, discuss the challenges we face when trying to conserve iconic homes for future generations to appreciate.

Talk Details:
Location: MoS, Cnr Phillip & Bridge Streets, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Cost: $35 (public) / $30 (Sydney Living Museums Members & Concession)

To book your tickets for the talk click here.

 

 

July: At Home With The Architect - Tim Greer & Linley Hindmarsh

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In July 'At Home With the Architect' offers another opportunity to experience how architects design their own home. Featured this month is the residence of architects Linley Hindmarsh and Tim Greer.

Together Linley and Tim run a small practice, Greer Hindmarsh Architects, that specialises in the design of new houses, alterations and additions to existing houses and small commercial projects.

Independently of their shared practice, Linley Hindmarsh offers architecture and planning services to a variety of clients, including other design practices, while  Tim Greer is a Director of the multi-award winning Sydney firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

Linley and Tim's design for their own home correlates with a recent description by Linley of her approach to architecture - '...I don't see the notion of Architecture as necessarily being confined to brand new individual works of iconic strength and beauty. Rather, I'm interested in the subversion of any kind of 'worn' building into something freshly contemporary and unusual, preferably with some client idiosyncrasy added to the mix.'

House Location: Newtown
Please note that the address will be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 27 July 2014

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Interior of the residence of Tim Greer and Linley Hindmarsh
  • Source: Image provided by Tim Greer

 

Congratulations NSW Award Winner Environa Studio

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The 2014 AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) NSW Architecture Awards were officially announced on Thursday 26 June. Congratulations to Australian Architecture Association President, Tone Wheeler. Tone's practice Environa Studio, which he runs in partnership with Jan O'Connor, was just announced winner of the 2014 Lord Mayor's Prize and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, for their project The Wayside Chapel.

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The Wayside Chapel was also the winner of the IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Sustainability Award 2014, and was previously awarded the 2004 Francis Greenway Society Green Building Gold Medal.

The Wayside Chapel, located in Potts Point, is an inner city refuge that offers a variety of social programs to the community and Sydney's marginalised citizens. Environa Studio worked on the premises for close to fifteen years, much of the time pro bono.

The design adhers to practices ethos of 'Long life, loose fit, low impact', with the spaces within the building specifically designed to easily enable users to adjust and adapt spaces to meet changing needs over time.

Quoting the AIA Jury, 'What makes this building stand out has been the additional emphasis on less mainstream aspects of sustainability, including a green roof to grow fruit and vegetable crops for the onsite cafe and the use of colours and materials to influence occupant mood and wellbeing - all based on solid research,'1

  • 1 AIA Jury comments as quoted in Architecture & Design 26 June 2014 article '2014 NSW Architecture Awards - Prince Alfred Pool + Park, The Wayside Chapel and 8 Chifley Square All Feature' by Nathan Johnson.
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Interior of The Wayside Chapel - Community Hall',
    Sourced from Environa Studio website.

    Photographer: Owen Zhu
  • Image 2: 'Tone Wheeler and Jan O'Connor',
    Sourced from Environa Studio website.

 

At Home With the Architect Visits An Australian Modern Classic

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This month the Australian Architecture Association invites you to take a step back into the mid-twentieth century with a visit to the Johnson House, designed by architect Peter (Richard Norman) Johnson (1923-2003).

The family home of Peter, his wife Jane and sons Chris, Tim and Simon, the Johnson House won the Wilkinson award for excellence in domestic architecture in 1964 and is regarded as a fine example of what has become known as the 'Sydney School'.

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Peter Johnson was a founding partner of the award winning firm McConnel Smith and Johnson, noted for their designs of public buildings such as the Law Courts, Queens Square, the Sydney Water Board headquarters and the University of Sydney's law school and faculty of architecture buildings.

As a professor of architecture and head of school at the University of Sydney (1968-86), as well as chancellor at the University of Technology Sydney (1988-98), Peter Johnson had a profound influence on the careers of many an emerging architect.

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The house will be presented on the day by Meredith Foley and Dominic Wilson, the proud owners, who bought the house after Peter passed away.

Date: Sunday 29 June 2014
House Location: Chatswood
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 12pm

Please note the Johnson House will only be open for one hour.

As a private residence this is a rare opportunity to experience a real design classic, don't miss out!

Book your place on the tour by clicking here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens 2014

 

 

At Home With the Architect Visits An Australian Modern Classic

Johnson

This month the Australian Architecture Association invites you to take a step back into the mid-twentieth century with a visit to the Johnson House, designed by architect Peter (Richard Norman) Johnson (1923-2003).

The family home of Peter, his wife Jane and sons Chris, Tim and Simon, the Johnson House won the Wilkinson award for excellence in domestic architecture in 1964 and is regarded as a fine example of what has become known as the 'Sydney School'.

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Peter Johnson was a founding partner of the award winning firm McConnel Smith and Johnson, noted for their designs of public buildings such as the Law Courts, Queens Square, the Sydney Water Board headquarters and the University of Sydney's law school and faculty of architecture buildings.

As a professor of architecture and head of school at the University of Sydney (1968-86), as well as chancellor at the University of Technology Sydney (1988-98), Peter Johnson had a profound influence on the careers of many an emerging architect.

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The house will be presented on the day by Meredith Foley and Dominic Wilson, the proud owners, who bought the house after Peter passed away.

Date: Sunday 29 June 2014
House Location: Chatswood
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 12pm

Please note the Johnson House will only be open for one hour.

As a private residence this is a rare opportunity to experience a real design classic, don't miss out!

Book your place on the tour by clicking here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens 2014

 

 

Black Talk - Julian Lipscombe 'A Pulsating New Heart For London'

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KINGS CROSS - A PULSATING NEW HEART FOR LONDON

Cited in a recent article by Elizabeth Farrelly in the Sydney Morning Herald, as an exemplary model for good urban planning, the transformation of Kings Cross will be a primary topic of this Wednesdays AAA Black Talk by international architect Julian Lipscombe.

Julian Lipscombe is an award winning English architect and director of the firm Bennetts Associates Architects. Julian will set the scene of his talk by describing the extraordinary story of the Kings Cross site with a cast list including Sir George Gilbert Scott, Google, Jamie Oliver, Eurostar, Queen Victoria, Sir David Chipperfield, 5000 arts students and many others.

Kings Cross is one of the most dynamic areas of central London at present, if not Northern Europe. A transformative redevelopment is integrating the wonders of its rich heritage with stunning new developments to form a distinctive, energised, creative and well connected heart to the city.

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Julian will then focus his talk on the central role that Bennetts Associates is playing in the development through four major projects that also cover the breadth of the practices' work. These include one of the most sustainable buildngs in the UK and conversion of listed railway building into a food destination and media events venue.

Date: 6.00pm - 8.00pm Wednesday 6 August 2014
Location: AustralBricks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney 
Cost: $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / $20 (Students)
Note: Corporate members receive complimentary tickets, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To book your place at the talk click here!

  • Images: Kings Cross Development, provided by Bennetts Associates Architects

 

End of Financial Year Discount on Sydney City Walk

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Every Saturday over the month of June the Australian Architecture Association has a special end of financial year discount for the Sydney City Walk.

Enjoy our popular Sydney City Walk for half price, as the tour examines and traces the development of Sydney's beautiful harbour city and the evolution of skyscrapers which defines our skyline.

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $15 (Public) / $10 (Students) / AAA Members Free
Note: Student ID will need to be presented on the day.
CPD Credits: Design professionals receive 1 informal credit towards CPD

To book your place on a tour in June - click here.

David Hertz Talk on eClassrooom

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In September 2013 the Australian Architecture Association presented a Black Talk by American architect David Hertz. If you missed out on this inspirational talk you can now hear it on eClassroom.

David Hertz is known for his work in sustainable architecture. A protege of modernist John Edward Lautner, he also worked in the office of Frank Gehry before beginning his own practice in 1984.

To access the talk by David Hertz and learn about his innovative approach to sustainable architecture, visit the eClassroom by clicking here.

Design professionals are eligible for 2 hours formal CPE/CPD credits.

  • Photograph: '747 Wing House' provided by David Hertz

 

New Book On Australian Houses: '100 Canberra Houses'

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In the book '100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture', historians Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts tell the story of the development of the urban culture of Canberra, through it's dwellings.

A diverse array of public and private dwellings, all significant for a variety of reasons, are documented with a short history, accompanied by drawings, photos and plans.

'100 Canberra Houses' provides a comprehensive overview of the organisations and individuals who have helped shape the domestic landscape of our nations capital.

Retail: $59.99 
(At quality booksellers such as the ABC Shop)
Authors: Tim Reeves & Alan Roberts 
Publisher: Halstead Press
ISBN: 9781920831998

Special offer for 'All About Architecture' readers interested in ordering in bulk, contact Halstead Press:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: (02) 9211 3033

Order: 8-41 copies through Halstead and receive a 40% discount ($35.99)
Order: 42 and over copies and receive a 45% discount ($32.99)
Don't forget to advise Halstead that you would like to receive the Australian Architecture Association discount offered by Tim Reeves and Dr Alan Roberts.

 

  • Image: Cover of '100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture' by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts

 

AAA Call For Expressions Of Interest

Are you an architect with a residential project you would like to showcase to the community?

The Australian Architecture Association is currently taking expressions of interest for potential inclusion in their Open House series: At Home With The Architect.

The AAA believes that architecture is for everyone! Making architect designed residences accessible to the public helps in demystifying design. You will be helping to broaden understanding of the role architecture plays in the way we live and how good design is sympathetic to the surrounding environment.

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What is the commitment made by participants in At Home With the Architect? The Open House takes place the final Sunday of each month from 11am-1pm (2 Hours), the designers are present at the house to explain how the project developed and answer questions from tour attendees.

If you would like a residential project to be considered by the AAA, please contact Annette Dearing by email. We are interested in seeing either your own residence or a design completed for clients. Please note, where houses are projects completed for clients you will need to liaise with the client to confirm a date for opening the house and provide relevant contact details to the AAA for finalising details.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure that you include with your email:

 

  • Some images of the house,
  • A brief synopsis of the design of the house,
  • Potential months when the house would be available for opening.

 

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to promote architecture and communicate with potential clients! We look forward to hearing from you.

AAA Volunteers Wanted - Volunteer Recruitment Information Evening

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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? The AAA is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Information Evening at the Austral Design Studio, 6pm Thursday 22 May.

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who range in age and experience, but share a high level of enthusiasm for architecture and design, people, and what happens in our built environment. Previous formal education on the subject of architecture is not necessary.

What do our volunteers do? AAA volunteers work directly to the Aim - promoting contemporary architecture and design to as many people as possible, and building architectural appreciation in the community.

These architecture enthusiasts broaden their knowledge through researching, learning and delivering tours, interpreting the buildings for participants.

Assistance is available with research, which sometimes includes meeting with the volunteer chair and other volunteer tour leaders to discuss the concept of a particular building.

We also meet regularly to discuss feedback on existing tours, share ideas on new tours and to socialize.

Want to know more about the training program? Sign up to come to the information night here!

Special Date - At Home With The Architect This Sunday: Utz Sanby

This Sunday 4 May, the AAA's Open House series - At Home With the Architect, explores the Chatswood home of Kristin Utz and Duncan Sanby, directors of Utz Sanby Architects. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about house was conceived and built in its lovely bushland setting.

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Utz Sanby is an award winning practice that has focused on delivering high quality residential projects since 1994 after their broad experience in London and Hong Kong.

Their projects are all over Sydney, from Palm Beach to Maroubra and Alexandria to Hunters Hill and include inner-city alterations, work to heritage listed buildings, multiple housing, apartments, educational facilities and restaurant fit-outs as well as many new homes, beach houses and rural retreats. Projects outside of Sydney have been completed in Kangaroo Valley and Coffs Harbour and developed for clients in Fiji, Hamilton Island, Culburra and Mount Wilson.

The AAA has opened many of their works over the years in our residential bus tours and now this is a chance to see how they design for themselves!

House Location: Chatswood
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Tickets: $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Date: Sunday 4 May

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.

 

  • Images: provided by Utz Sanby Architects

 

At Home with the Architect

utzsanby2Due to the two consecutive long weekends at the end of April, the next 'At Home with the Architect' tour will be held this Sunday 4 May 2014

This weekend the AAA will open the doors of the Chatswood family home of Kristin Utz and Duncan Sanby, the husband and wife team at Utz Sanby Architects.

This award winning practice has focused on delivering high quality residential projects since 1994 after their broad experience in London and Hong Kong.

Their projects are all over Sydney, from Palm Beach to Maroubra and Alexandria to Hunters Hill and include inner-city alterations, work to heritage listed buildings, multiple housing, apartments, educational facilities and restaurant fit-outs as well as many new homes, beach houses and rural retreats. Projects outside of Sydney have been completed in Kangaroo Valley and Coffs Harbour and developed for clients in Fiji, Hamilton Island, Culburra and Mount Wilson.

AAA has opened many of their works over the years in our residential bus tours and now this is a chance to see how they design for themselves!

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Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk

On Wednesday 7 May, the AAA presents a Short Black: Architects In Their Space talk by Chris Haughton of SHED Architects.

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Featured on the evening will be the 1888 Hotel in Pyrmont, a heritage listed 90 bedroom boutique hotel, eatery, bar and event space in the 8Hotels collection.

Chris Haughton is the founder of SHED, an architecture office specialising in boutique developments and adaptive reuse of historic buildings in the Sydney city fringe.

Educated in the UK at Liverpool University, Chris relocated to Sydney in 1994 and was a senior member of the team at Hassell who delivered the Qantas Sydney Domestic Terminal. After gaining experience at the firms DCM and Arclinea, Chris established his own practice in 2003.

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Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the transformed former wool store / office as Chris explains how the 1888 Hotel project came about, was designed and constructed.

Numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment book early!

Time: 6.00pm
Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Location: 1888 Hotel, 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW
Tickets: $40 (public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here to book your tickets.

  • Image 1: Chris Haughton in the 1888 Hotel
    Photographer: Shane Rozario
  • Image 2: The 1888 Hotel Foyer
    Photographer: Kata Bayer

 

Open House: Residential Bus Tour Takes Place In May

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On Saturday 17 May the first AAA Open House: Residential Bus Tour for 2014 will take place.

Enjoy a relaxing and informative day exploring inside some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Meet the architects, Vivianne Marston, Kristin Utz, Duncan Sanby, Jorge Hrdina and Ben Gerstel and learn about the way they designed the residences.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (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.

AAA Black Talk by UK Architect Julian Lipscombe

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In August the AAA will present a Black Talk by UK architect Julian Lipscombe. As a director of the firm Bennetts Associates Architects, he has overseen the design and construction of an impressive portfolio of multi-award winning sustainable projects across the UK and Europe.

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The talk by Julian Lipscombe will take place on Wednesday 6 August at the Austral Design Studio, Sydney.

Bookings for the talk open in June.

  • Images: Sourced from Bennetts Associates Architects website
  • Image 1: St Anthony's College, University of Oxford UK
  • Image 2: A conceptualisation of One Bedford Avenue, Lonon UK

 

Austral Bricks Annouces Carbon Neutral Certification

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Brickworks Building Products, Australia's leadning building products manufacturer, has announced that products made at its Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Longford facility are Australia's first certified carbon neutral bricks under the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Standard. This includes the wide range of bricks and pavers available form Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and Daniel Robertson Pty Ltd.

This milestone is the result of an ongoing commitment by Brickworks Building Products to deliver sustainable products and processes and to conserve our precious natural resources.

The Australian government's voluntary Carbon Neutral Programme requires the measurement, auditing and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the offset of any remaining emissions.

The carbon neutral certification of the range of pavers and bricks manufactured at Austral Bricks Longford operation, near Launceston, Tasmania is largely achieved by the use of a unique fuel for kiln firing. That fuel is sawdust, a biomass material and a by product of the local Tasmanian timber industry.

Mr Steven Mouzakis, National Energy and Sustainability Manager, said "The use of low emissions biomass as opposed to fossil fuels is largely responsible for the Longford plant's low carbon dioxide emissions. Emissions from the biomass are just 215 tonnes per year, about the same as 12 average Australian households.

"In contrast, a conventional natural gas kiln of the same capacity could emit approximately 8000 tonnes of greenhouse gases."

The certification under the Carbon Neutral Program measures all emissions contributors such as raw material extraction, onsite transport, product deliveries across Australia and internationally, water usage, packaging, waste and business operations, not just kiln emissions.

"The successful carbon neutral certification has been partly achieved through a rigorous ongoing program of energy efficiency improvements to manufacturing and associated operations." Mr Mouzakis said.

All remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by purchasing carbon credits that assist in local Tasmanian projects such as tree planting under the Forests Alive program.

"We are totally committed to conserving our natural resources and becoming a low carbon emitter, while not compromising on the high quality of our products," he added.

Clay bricks are already renowned for their long life and high thermal mass which makes them a smart choice in an energy efficient building design. Apart from being carbon neutral, bricks can also save homeowners up to 25 per cent off their electricity bills.

Mr Mouzakis said "Architects, builders and home owners concerned with reducing their energy usage and carbon footprint should consider using bricks from Austral Bricks (Tasmania) or the Daniel Robertson range. Bricks not only help regulate internal temperatures within a home to make it more comfortable, they are now certified as being good for the environment.

"This is just one more step in the Brickworks Building Products journey towards becoming Australia's most sustainable building products manufacturer."

For more information on Australia's first certified Carbon Neutral Bricks visit www.australbricks.com.au, www.danielrobertson.com.au, www.buildforliving.com.au or call 132742.

 

  • Article: supplied by Austral Bricks
  • Image: sourced from Austral website - Burlesque Range

 

At Home With the Architect - Second Open Home for 2014

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Don't miss out on At Home With the Architect on Sunday 30 March. Discover Jorge Hrdina Architects' restoration, renovations and additions to 'Cossington', the childhood home of Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith.

Jorge Hrdina's practice is based on Sydney's lower north shore in McMahons Point. Jorge Hrdina Architects' architecture responds primarily to their client's needs and to the 'soul' of each unique, individual site and environment.

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'Cossington', named after the great Australian female artist Grace Cossington Smith, who was brought up in Sydney and was a radically modern woman when women were not even allowed to vote, consists of a lovely Queen Anne style federation residence with a contemporary addition sensitively linked to the rear of the house.

House Location: Neutral Bay
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird public) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members - quote your membership number in the promotional code)
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 March 2014

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.

 

 

Special Canon Photographic Walking Tour for AAA Members

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Canon and the AAA are partnering on a special photographic walking tour for Australian Architecture Association members. On Saturday 12 April AAA members and a friend can explore, through the lens of a camera, the buildings and history of Circular Quay and The Rocks.

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Enjoy a creative and instructional afternoon photographing the historic area, with advice on techniques and tips from Canon staff, as well as commentary on history and architecture by a AAA tour leader.

At the end of the tour participants are invited to adjourn to our post tour hosts, Customs House to print photographs and reflect on differing visions. Canon will be providing a great free giveaway to the best photography of the day of a Canon PowerShot S200BK digital camera.

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Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Date: Saturday 12 April 2014
Booking: AAA members only (each member may invite a friend)
Tickets: $15 (AAA member single) / $30 (AAA member and guest)
Equipment supplied by participants: 1 x SD memory card
Equipment supplied for the tour by Canon: Canon digital camera

Don't miss out! To be eligible to participate in the special Canon Photography Walking Tour and be in the running for Canon's great prize for the best photography of the day, tour attendees will need to register themselves on the Canon Rewards Program website.

Book your place on the tour by clicking here.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: provided by Canon
  • Image: photograph of the MCA by Vanessa Couzens with logo provided by Canon

 

March Is the Month to Enjoy the Twilight Walk

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Short on time and curious about the buildings in the city centre? Attend the Twilight Walk after work and enjoy Sydney's city centre in the final days of daylighting saving. Learn about the history and architecture of the city on this easy hour and a half walking tour of the CBD.

March is the last month to attend the Twilight Walk as it will go into hiatus over winter, until daylight savings resumes later this year.

There will be three tours this month:
Wednesday 12 March: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 March: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 26 March: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Tickets: $20 (early bird public) / $25 (public) / $15 (students)
AAA Members: free (enter your AAA membership number in the promotion code)

 

Object: Australian Design Centre Takes Part in Art Month

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Art Month Sydney 2014 takes place from 1 March to 23 March. Celebrate the visual arts and design by visiting AAA partner Object: Australian Design Centre. Their exhibition New Weave: Contemporary Approaches To The Traditions of Weaving pushes the boundaries of the woven form and is open until the 29 March.

An exhibition of the handmade, features artists and designers re-appropriating traditional weaving techniques, using different materials to create intricate and striking wearables. objects and installations. From the sculptural fibre vessels of Lorraine Connelly-Northey to Jenni Kemarre Martiniello's work in glass, to other works in wood, textiles and paper, weaving will leap off the loom and into the future.

Curated by guest curator Lisa Cahill (who co-curated the Australian component of the Triennale of Craft in Kanazawa, Japan for Object) and Object's own Carrie Mulford, New Weave explores the common language of weaving, showing how it can be used to create new forms by hand that are produced in different ways using collaboration, technology and methods of manufacturing.

The exhibition features the work of: Alana Clifton-Cunningham, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Edward Linacre, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Rachel Park and from courtesy of the Artist, Pennie Jagiello and Bin Dixon Ward.

Visit the Object: Australian Design Centre website for opening hours and the Art Month Sydney 2014 website for events taking place over March.

 

  • Article: provided by Object: Australian Design Centre
  • Editor: Vanessa Couzens AAA
  • Image: New Weave exhibition logo

 

Sculpture by the Sea Celebrates A Decade of Sun, Sand & Sculpture at Cottesloe Beach

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe returns to the stunning coastline of Cottesloe Beach (Western Australia) to celebrate its exciting 10th anniversary exhibition from March 7 -24.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual art event has grown to become Perth's largest and much loved free the public outdoor exhibition. An estimated 220,000 visitors are expected to see Cottesloe Beach transformed into a giant sculpture park by 74 artists from around the world set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

In its anniversary year, 28 West Australian artists will exhibit their works, including Decade Club inductee Ron Gomboc, Jennifer Cochrane, Tone Jones and Alessandra Rossi. They will be joined by artists from across New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, including Ken Unsworth AM, Linda Bowden and Ron Robertson-Swann OAM.

This year sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe will welcome 25 international artists from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors Geraldo Zamproni from Brazil and Mia Hamilton from New Zealand, as well as a record nine sculptors from Japan. Among the Japanese sculptors is Keizo Ushio who joins WA's Ron Gomboc in being welcomed as the inaugural members of the Perth exhibition's Decade Club, which recognises those artists who have exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 10 times or more.

In a much needed boost for the exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe has secured a number of new sponsors in the landmark year and welcomes Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill as Principal Sponsors for 2014. The Western Australian company will provide a variety of benefits including the $50,000 Roy Hill Sculpture Prize, an acquisitive award open to every artist in the exhibition whose sculpture can be exhibited for at least 10 years. The prize selected by a judging panel of leading figures in the visual arts (Dr Michael Hill; Head of Art History & Theory at the National Art School, sculptor Lou Lambert and Gallerist Julienne Penny), is one of the most generous sculpture awards in Australia and among the most generous art prizes in WA.

This years Roy Hill Sculpture Prize was awarded to the Japanese artist Hiroyuki Kita for his kinetic sculpture titled 'Like a flower swaying in the wind', made from stainless steel, steel and ball bearings.

Joining long time sponsors Alcoa and the Minderoo Foundation to support the free event are Kailis Australian Pearls, law firm Allens Linklaters and professional services firm EY, sponsors of the 2014 EY Peoples Choice Prize. This prize is awarded to the most popular sculpture voted by visitors to the exhibition and will be announced on the last Sunday of the exhibition, 23 March.

When added to the $10,000 WA Sculptor's Scholarship (won by Kerrie Argent and Elaine Clocherty), provided by one of the exhibition's anonymous donors, this year's Town of Cottesloe Collection acquisition, there are significant opportunities for the exhibiting artists this year. To further bolster artist support, 50% of all public donations made during the exhibition will go directly to help cover the artists' costs.

In a first for any of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions held in Perth, Sydney or the City of Aarhus in Denmark, the Hancock Prospecting sponsorship is also making possible free Tiny Tots Sculpture Tours for pre-school children mid-week throughout the exhibition. Information on how to book is available online via the exhibitions website.

"It has been a real privilege to stage Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since 2005," says Founding Director David Handley. "We look forward to building on the foundations of our first decade to make the exhibition even more significant on the global art scene, in doing so we will provide more benefits for WA artists and exhibitions that continue to delight and surprise so many people."

 

  • Article: provided by Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
  • Editor Vanessa Couzens AAA
  • Image: Hiroyuki Kita 'Like a flower swaying in the wind'
  • Photographer: Clyde Yee

 

Canon's Special Offers in February for AAA Members

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AAA Members are entitled to great discounts and special offers from our partner Canon. Activate your Australian Architecture Association account today and enjoy exciting benefits. Click here to activate your account.

If you aren't already member of the Australian Architecture Association, why not join? Click here to join and begin enjoying your great member benefits.

At Home With the Architect - First Open Home for 2014

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Don't miss out on the first At Home With the Architect for 2014. Take a step back in time and enjoy the Victorian charm of Mindaribba. The additions to and renovations of the Queen Anne style residence were designed by Hector Abrahams Architects.

Hector Abrahams has been working as an architect for over 26 years and established his own practice in 2012. Previously he was a partner with Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners Pty Ltd.

Hector has a deep interest in the architecture of old places - the repair, conservation or sensitive changes to existing buildings and the addition of new buildings within existing precincts.

Hector Abrahams has revived 'Mindaribba's' character and functionality, all within the existing footprint. This is architecture of continuity not discontinuity. The very opposite of the ubiquitous black box.  The property is now able to function more effectively as a family household whilst still remaining within its original plan. Sustainability is embedded in the architecture approach of making an old house work well, without adding additional floor area.

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Mindaribba is the recipient of two architecture awards and promises to be an interesting insight into the sensitive treatment of our historical built heritage.

House Location: Beecroft
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately preceding the self drive tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 23 February 2014

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour, click here.

 

  • Images: provided by Hector Abrahams Architects
  • Photographer:  Emilio Cresciani

 

NATSPEC Sponsors AAA White Tours

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The AAA is proud to announce that NATSPEC has become a new sponsor for the association's White Tours. NATSPEC has pledged to support AAA architectural walking tours for the next three years.

Founded in 1975, NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government property groups. It is impartial and is not involved in advocacy or policy development.

NATSPEC's major service is the comprehesive national specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies.

NATSPEC, the National Building Specification, is for all building structures with specialist packages for architects, interior designers, landscape architects. structural engineers, service engineers and domestic owners.

AUS-SPEC is the Local Government specification system for life-cycle management of assets. Packages include Urban and Open Space, Roadworks and Bridges, Public Utilities and Maintenance.

NATSPEC is also responsible for the National BIM Guide and its associated documents.

NATSPEC's objective is to improve the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information. Their sponsorship of the AAA is an endorsement of the organisation's unique role in educating the public about the built environment, architecture and design.

 

  • Logo: provided by NATSPEC.

 

Need To Start Thinking About CPD?

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AAA partner InHouse Group 3 is running a full day continuing professional development workshop this Saturday 15 February. Gain 6 formal CPD points for the full day workshop, or book for a half day sesion in either the morning or afternoon and receive 3 formal CPD points.

Topics to be covered over the day include:

Morning Session

  • Design Collaboration - Integrating landscape into the built form
  • Pre-treatment of wastewater: grease trap and oil/water separator
  • Sandstone and its Optimal Contribution to Architecture

Afternoon Session

  • Fall Prevention Through Openable Windows
  • Noise Reduction
  • Car Park Design Concepts

You can book for either the morning, afternoon or both sessions.

Cost: Full Day $80 / Morning Session $60 / Afternoon Session $60
Presentation Duration: 1 Hour / Topic (1 Formal CPD point)
Time: Full Day 8.30am - 4.10pm
Location: ACTIU Showroom, Unit 5, 37-69 Union Street, Pyrmont

For further information or to book your place at the workshop click here.

 

  • Article: Information obtained from InHouse Group 3
  • Photograph: 'The One Hundred Fountain (Le Centro Fontane) at the Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy (near Rome)' sourced from Wikimedia Commons, provided by Arpinstone, 9 August 2007.

 

Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers

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In February 'All About Architecture' readers once again receive a discount on a selection from Wiley's extensive range of publications. Enjoy 20% off the first European edition of Francis DK Ching's classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, 'Building Construction Illustrated'.

For nearly four decades, the US publication 'Building Construction Illustrated' has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition focuses on the construction methods most commonly used in Europe, referring largely to UK Building Regulations overlaid with British and European, while applying Francis DK Ching's clear graphic signature style.

Click here to order your copy. Use the promo code CHING1 at checkout to receive your AAA discount.