At Home With the Architect: Caroline Pidcock's Home


This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits The Rocks to explore a heritage listed Victorian era terrace updated to accommodate the contemporary needs of its architect / urban planner owners, Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

Located at the heart of Millers Point, the residence demonstrates how principles of sustainability can be aligned with heritage requirements preserving the best of the past for a great future.

‘Apart from the joy of enabling us to live in an amazing area which is embedded with the history and culture of early white settlement in Australia, there are a number of changes that will increase our enjoyment of this great place’, says owners Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

A strong focus on retaining and restoring as many of the existing elements as possible, recycling materials and the thoughtful insertion of new elements allows the history to be fostered while new living patterns are enabled.

Water tanks, solar panels and heat pumps are hardly obvious as they facilitate a low impact lifestyle.


Caroline Pidcock is the Director of Pidcock Architecture and Sustainability, an award winning firm that was established in 1992 and has particular expertise in residential and community projects. Caroline's practice focusses on the design of sustainable architecture, following the philosophy of 'Living Buildings' and it's application to how we design our environment.

Over her career she has served as President for a wide variety of design organisations, including the NSW Architects Registration Board, the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She is also involved in research and development of modular prefabricated flat-pack building systems through the company Origination which she established with David Pidcock in 2013.

John Mcinnerney is an Architect and Urban Designer, campaigner for sustainable environmental and social policies and current Chair of the Millers Point - Dawes Point - The Rocks - Walsh Bay - Residents Action Group. He is a past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, former head planner for the City of Melbourne, Manager of Planning and Past Deputy Lord mayor for the City of Sydney and the ACT Commissioner for Land and Planning 1997-2004.

Location: Millers Point
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 25 October 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: McInerney Pidcock Residence
  • Images Source: Caroline Pidcock