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AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


The next AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour takes place this month on Saturday 18 May. Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience some great architect designed houses across the inner east and inner west of Sydney.


Over the day you will visit houses and one commercial project, situated between Bellevue Hill and Rozelle. You'll meet some of the clients, along with the architects from practices such as Carter Williamson Architects, Chenchow Little Architects, David Edelman Architects and Sam Crawford Architects.

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

Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (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.

  • Photographs:
    Images 1 & 2: Bronte House (s
    upplied by Sam Crawford Architects)
    Image 3: Bresic Whitney (photograph by Katherin Lu, supplied by Chenchow Little Architects)


CPD Talks Series: Energy Efficient Lighting Controls


Are you Interested in developing your understanding of energy efficient lighting and lighting controls? On Thursday 30 May 2013 the AAA in association with InHouse Group 3 will be running the first of it's CPD Talks series for 2013.

In a typical office lighting accounts for 15-20 percent1 of energy used. In the average home lighting contributes to around 7 percent2 of the total energy used. Selecting appropriate energy efficient lighting and light controls makes good sense for reducing the costs of lighting buildings and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

Presented by Shane McIntosh (Director at CP Electronics Australia), who has 40 years experience in the electrical/data communications industry, this CPD talk will focus on the importance of efficient design with regard to lighting control.

You will gain an understanding of lighting controls both simple and more complex and be able to understand industry terminology for dimming commercial lighting. You will learn about when automated lighting control is required and the benefits.

The Energy Efficient Lighting Controls talk is also perfect for architects or designers looking to top up their continuing professional development (CPD) before 30 June. Earn 1 CPD point by attending the seminar.

Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (AAA members)
Presentation Duration: 1 Hour (1 Formal CPD Point)
Time: 6pm Light refreshments served. 6.30pm start of presentation.
Location & Parking Details: ACTIU Showroom, Unit 5, 37-69 Union Street, Pyrmont

To book your place on Thursday 30 May click here.

  • Image: Rodriguez, W. (2007), Fluorescent light bulbs, digital image, Wikimedia Commons, accessed 5 May 2013, available
  • Notes:
  • 1. Energy Efficiency Fact Sheet: Lighting (2008), Origin Energy, accessed 5 May 2013, available
  • 2. Technical Manual: Design for lifestyle and the future - 6.1 Energy Use, Home energy use (Baseline Energy Estimates, 2008), fact sheet, About Your Home, accessed 5 May 2013, available



Wiley Books


Receive 20% off a selection of Wiley’s bestselling sustainable architecture books this month. The need to design in an environmentally and socially sound manner has never been greater, and today's students and professionals understand this intrinsically.

Use promo code GREEN at checkout to receive the discount.

Published Art Bookshop Discount

Published Art has some great Architecture books to tempt AAA readers with this month. With a 10% discount on offer to AAA subscribers of 'All About Architecture', why not check out their latest suggestions below.


Public Sydney Drawing the City by long time supporters of the AAA, Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill, celebrates the public buildings, rooms and spaces of central Sydney through the use of exquisite scale drawings. The book presents almost 100 of the city's most important public places in plan, cross-section and elevation, supported by images, and provides an overview of their evolution.

Accompanying essays from leading architects, landscape architects, historians and academics offer keen insights into the city's underlying geography, urban character and most recognisable and well-loved public elements.
Public Sydney was co-published with Content, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, and was part funded by the HHT Members. Normally retailing at $95.00, AAA 'All About Architecture' subscribers get a 10% discount ($85.50).

In the new edition of Living In Australia by Robin Boyd and Mark Strizic, architect Robin Boyd describes his own approach to design and his vision for Australian housing - housing that is appropriate to our lifestyle, environment, climate and culture.

Originally published in 1970, this new edition includes recent colour photographs by John Gollings and essays by renowned architects Kerstin Thompson and Rachel Neeson reflecting upon the importance of Boyd's work and its continuing relevance. This book is deemed to be Boyd's design manifesto as he articulates his design principles and uses his own buildings to illustrate his design approach.

Described by Professor Philip Goad as "Boyd's most important book", since it is the only one of his nine published books where he writes about his own work. In the absence of a published monograph of Boyd's work, this book provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of Australia's most significant and influential architects. Normally retailing at $59.95, it's only $53.95 with your AAA discount.


Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism by Geoffrey London explores the work of the Singapore-based practice with a second office in Fremantle, Western Australia. Kerry Hill has received a number of distinguished design awards including the inaugural Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award in 1995 and the 2001 Aga Khan Award three times, was a joint winner in 2003 of the RAIA Robin Boyd Award for Residential Buildings and, in 2006, won the most prestigious award offered by his peers, the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects. In 2010 Kerry Hill received the Singapore Designer of the Year Award.

The book comprises a number of thematic essays developed from recurring themes within the practice, based around a small group of objects. The book concludes with a substantial illustrated chronology of the practice's work. Normally retailing at $70.00, it's only $63.00 with your AAA discount.

To redeem your discount on the stores extensive range of art, design, photography and architecture publications, when buying in-store, don't forget to tell them you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber. If you plan to buy online, you will also need to email Published Art: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and outline the details of your purchase so that the 10% discount can be redeemed during the billing process. Again tell the helpful staff that you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber.

  • Article: by Vanessa Couzens and Published Art
  • Images: provided by Published Art

Workshop - Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture

Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, together with the University of Melbourne are holding a one day workshop called Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture on 30 May 2013.

1304c1Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture brings together architectural researchers, practitioners (understood in the widest sense) and workplace experts to discuss strategies for change.

Come along to spend the day with some fantastic thinkers, researchers and architects, and add your voice to the discussion about gender, agency and remaking the profession.

When: 9 am - 5.30 pm, Thursday, 30 May, 2013.

Where: Spring Street Conference Centre, Mezzanine Level, 1 Spring Street (Shell Building), Melbourne.

Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential.
Cost: $65, concessions $40.

  • Article: Parlour
  • Images: supplied by Parlour

Bookings: Click here

To learn more about the event visit the Parlour website.

Transform is a fringe event for 'Material', the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference, and is eligible for formal CPD points.