Archive 2005

Award winning house tour highlight

Durbach Block Tour 06 2005 A capacity tour group of 45 were thrilled by the Durbach Block designed Holman house in the Residential Tour last Saturday 18 June.

Particularly as the previous night the RAIA had given the architects the prestigious Wilkinson Award for this amazing project.

The quality of all the projects was excellent, from an extraordinary apartment development by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill on the top of 126 York Street, through to James Fitzpatrick’s piece of wizadry with a tiny house that is the width of a garage.

One participant said ‘fantastic choice of houses’ and another ‘Great variety, privilege to get into these homes’ and another ‘inspiring’.

Ricardo Legorreta here September

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE SCHOOL / EGADE, Monterrey, Mexico by Ricardo Legorreta. 2001 Photographer: Lourdes Legorreta.

If architecture doesn’t contribute to human peace and happiness it deserves to disappear.

That’s according to Mexico’s Ricardo Legorreta who will be presenting Black Talk 3 in September.

Sydney – Tuesday 27 September (Booking form)
Melbourne – Wednesday 28 September (Booking form)

Tickets $75.00, $50 AAA members, $45 students and $40 AAA student members. For bookings download the appropriate rego form above or
call 02 8297 7283.

Ricardo Legorreta is considered Mexico’s finest architect, in 2002 the American Institute of Architects gave him the gold medal for his lasting influence on architecture. His work is defined by the use of brilliant saturated reds, purples and yellows and mysterious, light-filled spaces.


Pictured above: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE SCHOOL / EGADE, Monterrey, Mexico by Ricardo Legorreta, 2001. Photographer: Lourdes Legorreta.

AAA puts architecture on the cultural map

The AAA has been included on the Federal Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) that is managed by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Glenn Murcutt, AAA Founding President said, ‘There have been important moments for architecture before in Australia, but the inclusion of the AAA on the Register of Cultural Organisations ranks with the most important.’

‘The decision taken just over 50 years ago to hold an international competition for the Sydney Opera House was an important moment for architecture, the impact of which is still being felt right across the Australian community,’ he said.

‘I think the inclusion of architecture onto the Cultural Register is equally significant, particularly as this is the first time that an organisation concerned with architecture has been included.’

He maintained that the AAA has taken a strategically critical step for architecture, moving it beyond a concern of only those involved in the building and development industry, into the wider community.

It will never be the same...

AAA City Walk Tour

Louis Faucheux(right) watching Terry Yong as they start the tour that Anne Eager enjoyed so much:

I want to congratulate AAA on the concept and execution of the architecture tours. I went on Saturday, not knowing what to expect becasue I was not aware of who was behind the tours. I was fascinated and enthralled by the content of the tour and the enthusiasm of Terry and Louis, the tour guides. I love hearing about an art from the voice of a practitioner. On this occasion I was able to get into the minds of the architects who build the buildings that Sydney is now so lucky to have. I will never walk in Sydney again without looking up the flow of the levels, patterns and shapes above my head. Thanks AAA…”

– Anne Eager participant in the City Walk on Saturday 27 August 2005.

Young Architects Exhibition

Currently showing at Sydney’s Customs House until the end of October. The AAA has produced an exhibition to mark World Architecture Day and Architecture Week.

It features the work of the following architects:
Terroir, Angelo Candalepas and Associates, Marsh Cashman Koolloos, Chenchow Little Pty Ltd, Neeson Murcutt Architects, Fox Johnston, Andrew Burges Architecture, Drew Heath, 4Site, Fergus Scott Architects.

Curator Gerard Reinmuth says in the exhibition catalogue:

Australia can be a bittersweet place for a young architect to practice. A tradition of individual home ownership our culture of ‘home improvement’ has enabled a wide range of opportunities for our younger architects… This exhibition shows what is possible.”

Now showing at Customs House, Level 2 Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay. Mon-Fri 8-7pm, Sat 10-4pm, Sun 12noon-4pm.