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NSW: Last AAA Residential Bus Tour For 2017

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Secure your place on the last AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 9 December. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney.

On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of homes and meet the architects and some of their clients, including Bijl Architecture, who designed the home featured in this article.

Learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.


  • Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Doorzien House', designed by Bijl Architecture (image provided by the architect)

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with Company Membership

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AAA Company Membership

This new membership tier, Company Membership, is for companies with under 10 staff and offers benefits such as complimentary or discounted tickets to AAA tours and talks. Your staff will also enjoy a discount on individual membership fees.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a Walking Tour

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The AAA City Walk Double Pass

Reward yourself and a friend with a two hour walk through the city of Sydney, when you donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017. Explore history and discover the stories behind the development of some of Sydney's iconic buildings and public spaces.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a T-Shirt

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The AAA T-Shirt

The perfect stocking filler for Christmas. Now you can wear your love of architecture and design and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017!

The exclusive AAA t-shirt has been printed by the Australian firm Pistol Clothing with a graphic designed by AAA volunteer and interior designer Vanessa Couzens. Called ‘Ode to Utzon’ the structuralist image was inspired by Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Men's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.
Women's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm 100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.

Sizes available:

(Width – Arm to Arm)

Womens T-Shirt
Size 10 45.5cm
Size 12 48 cm
Size 14 51 cm

Mens T-Shirt
Small 46cm
Medium 50cm
Large 54cm

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

  • Image: 'Ode to Utzon' graphic and representations of the mens and womens t-shirts.


Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a CPD Talk

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Donate to the AAA Keep Architecture Open fund raising campaign and get a head start on your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Three talks on architecture are on offer from Australian Architecture Association partner eClassroom, including Peter Elliot, Julian Lipscombe and Ian McDougall.

Episodic Urbanism: Practice and Projects presented by Peter Elliott, AM 2017 AIA Gold Medal - Principle, Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design.

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2 Formal CPD Points
Duration: 01:21:49

In this talk, Peter Elliott describes his practice development, discusses some of the early and continued influencers of his work and talks about some of the major projects and focus areas within the practice. His is an established architectural and urban design practice that has been operating since 1975…more than 40 years!

The practice has a special interest in architecture + urban design in the public realm. This includes a broad range of projects for schools and universities, public authorities and government agencies. In practices of this size it is possible to maintain a close working relationship with the client at every stage of the process. Accordingly, this Practice has been able to maintain a high standard of design and delivery of quality contemporary architecture as is acknowledged by numerous architectural awards and published works.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

AAA Special Talk: The Imperative of Place presented by Julian Lipscombe - Director, Bennetts Associates (UK)

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2 Formal CPD Points
Duration: 01:12:02

For Bennett’s Associates, the evolution of their approach to urbanism has been characterised by two themes: a preoccupation with human scale in the city and a drive to achieve directiveness of place. They are determined to resist the cult of ‘object’ buildings that relegate the space occupied by the city’s inhabitants as being of secondary importance. 

They also strive for developments, places and cities that are identifiably connected to context, be it cultural, historical or environmental and reject the ever more depressing tide of globalised architecture that has swept the planet in the three decades they have been practicing.

This talk by Julian Lipscombe is a part of their story.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

AAA Short Black Talk: The Melbourne SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE presented by Ian McDougall, Founding Director of ARM Architecture

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1 Formal CPD Point
Duration: Duration: 00:49:04

The Shrine of Remembrance is Melbourne’s most visible and poignant war memorial.

The Shrine is significantly raised above the surrounding park, for architectural and monumental impact. It sits upon massive brick columns that create a vast dirt-floor undercroft inside a grassy mound. Originally, there were no facilities for the Shrine volunteers or Victoria Police guards who worked there and no disability access. Veterans in wheelchairs had to be carried up the steps.

ARM’s additions have expended it from purely a monument to be an exhibition space and education facility. The design is full of references and symbols to Australians at war.
In this talk, presented in the Shrine auditorium, Ian describes the long process to achieve resolution of the design.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.