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A Membership Offer Perfect For Small Business

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The Australian Architecture Association is now offering small businesses the opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its new AAA Company Membership. Specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff, AAA Company Membership will cost $350 annually.

There are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Your membership also helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to get your AAA Company Membership today. Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Living Room - Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: At Home With the Architect attendees at Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Experience the New AAA Walk In Chippendale

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If you missed out on the launch of the Chippendale Walk in March 2018, you will want to consider joining the next tour which takes place on Saturday 30 June.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

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Over the 90 minute walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.


Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Chippendale Green (Central Park), O'Connor Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 10.00am - 11.30am
Time: Saturday 30 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour. Numbers are limited so book your ticket now!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour developer Ben Gerstel talks about Indigo Slam - a residence designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Green facade on One Central Park, building designed by Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 3: Tour attendees in front of Indigo Slam - designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

AAA Launches New Walk In Ultimo

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In June you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Ultimo Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader Michael McMullan, takes place on Saturday 2 June.

Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village of Ultimo began in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. 

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony's premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it's surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established - putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo's reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.


Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Time: Saturday 2 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour. Numbers are limited so book your ticket now!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), designed by government architect William Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)


Visit Tathra House by Annabelle Chapman

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This months 'At Home With The Architect' tour, explores a residence designed by Annabelle Chapman.

The Australian Architecture Association invites you to visit 'Tathra' a Victorian terrace house (c1902) in the Sydney suburb of Paddington by architect Annabelle Chapman.

It was substantially altered in the 1970’s with removal of all the internal fabric (staircase, fireplaces, timber windows etc) and additions typical of 1970’s ‘terrace house modern’. Subsequently there was nothing of the original house worth saving, apart from the front and side walls. As the adjacent terraces were altered similarly, the rear secondary sections of the house had no historic references to maintain, giving a generous design scope.

The house is very spacious and connected, feeling unlike a terrace house format, said architect Annabelle Chapman. There is abundant light throughout the house, as well as good breezes and cross ventilation.


Established in 2000, Annabelle Chapman Architect is a small design studio located in Eastern Sydney, that specialises in residential design. Their portfolio of work ranges from small alteration and addition projects through to large new houses.

Principal of the practice, Annabelle Chapman, holds degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, and has been a Chartered Architect since 1986. Annabelle has over 30 years experience, having worked on Heritage Buildings, Commercial Interiors, small and large scale residential work.

Annabelle's design ethos is centred around the creation of residential spaces that are inspiring, integrate sustainable building practices and provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle.

Her work has been published in architectural and other publication.

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with Annabelle Chapman, how the 'Tathra House' was conceived, designed and built.


Location: Paddington, NSW
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 27 May 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior and exterior views of Tathra House Designed by Annabelle Chapman Architect (images courtesy of Annabelle Chapman Architect)


March - At Home With the Architect Review

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Project: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop.

Location: Longueville, NSW

In March, as part of AAA’s monthly initiative ‘At Home with the Architect’, we visited Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop. 

A unique project and built form set amidst a suburb known for its traditional large homes, the tour provoked surprise and wonder in attendees once they had passed through the sandstone walls. 

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The client brief for the project was to design and create a home for a family of five, one that was not dissimilar to the subtropical climates of Asia where the family had been residing. The clients wanted to challenge traditional notions of suburban residential design and living in many aspects, in a home that utilised passive design principles to heat and cool the building. The resulting home is spacious and supportive with a connection to the outdoors that is both enviable and awe-inspiring. 

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The tour attendees were guided through the home by Managing Director, Clinton Cole who graciously answered multiple questions about the intricacies of dealing with council on such a unique site and design, architectural detailing, functionality and practicality of living in such an open home. The home is inextricably linked to the outdoors, there is no escaping the changes in the climate with many attendees curious about preventing insects (namely mosquitoes) and the rain from entering the home, and how to maintain the central linear pond that flows from the front gate through the home. 

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The aim of the ‘At Home with the Architect’ tours is to allow attendees to immerse themselves in architecture that is ‘liveable’. It provides a platform to ask those burning questions of the architect and experience buildings and spaces that are often quite different from the traditional notions of the residential design yet equally habitable. 

Stay tuned for next months tour...

  • Article: Trina Kazi
  • Images: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)