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Take A Walk Through Time With the AAA

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Wednesday 7 August to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

Starting at one of the oldest remaining buildings of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, you will look at Sydney's humble start as a convict colony and how the architecture became more and more decorative during the Victorian period.

The 20th Century brought us influences from overseas such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and modernism.

We will show you post-war development of modernist thinking and the way post-modernism reacted against it.

By looking at Sydney Hilton and the Queen Victoria Building, you will discover how architects converted existing buildings and gave them a breath of new life.

Throughout the two hours, you will appreciate masterpieces of different architectural styles by different architects and witness how technological advances, economic and political forces shaped our city.


Location: Meet at Hyde Park Barracks, in front of the main gate, 12 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Reflections of the QVB Building on the Hilton Sydney
  • Photographer: Vincent Lam

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NSW Government Announces Sale of Sirius

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The NSW government recently announced that the controversial Sirius social housing complex, designed by Tao Gofers in 1979 - has been sold for redevelopment to the company Sirius Developments.

Plans are to retain the Sirius building complex and refurbish. Australian architectural practice BVN have been commissioned to design the refurbishment as well as the addition of new apartments.

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You can see the Sirius on the Australian Architecture Association's - The Rocks Walk.

The next walk takes place: Sunday 21 July 2019. Click here to book your place on the tour.

Click here to visit ArchitectureAU and learn more about the development.

  • Image 1: The Sirius social housing complex in The Rocks Sydney. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: A visualisation of BVN's proposed refurbishment of the Sirius social housing complex.
    (Image sourced from ArchitectureAU Article: Sirius sold for $150m; BVN to design refurbishment, by Linda Cheng,2 Jul 2019)


Take A Walk Around The Rocks


Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The next architectural walking tour will be taking place Sunday 21 July 2019.

On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover Sydney’s past, present and future!

Stroll with us through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.


The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art 
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 21 July 2019
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior & Student $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century Talks - Ronchamp Chapel

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On Thursday 20 June 2019, the AAA presents the first in its series of talks, called 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century'. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled, as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed.

The first talk focuses on Ronchamp Catheral designed by architect and artist, Le Corbusier.


Ronchamp is Le Corbusier’s most famous building, but most people only know it from one photo (pictured above), and this singular view leads to a limited understanding of just how brilliant this building is.

The chapel is a result of an intense process, both personal and pragmatic, and a detailed understanding of that process can lead to a completely different view. 

We will acquaint ourselves with the history, and then to do an analysis of Le Corbusier’s design thinking, his ideas and concepts that gave rise to the form, and we will thoroughly crawl over ever part of the building. 

It was extraordinarily radical, controversial and confronting, and many leading architects were horrified, but later held it up as one of the greats of the 20th Century. 

Come to this detailed 'behind the scenes take' to find out why it is such an important work of art and architecture.


Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Ronchamp Chapel Talk.



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On Thursday 8 August 2019, don't miss the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed. The second talk focuses on Louis Kahn's Salk Institute.


Louis Khan’s mid century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Khan’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talks cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.


Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.


The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d”Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.


Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: Ronchamp Chapel, designed by Le Corbusier
  • Image 2: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 3: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler