Archive 2006

Goodbye Harry

Architecture suffered a great loss with the passing of Harry Seidler on 9 March 2006.

His buildings are his legacy, most of which received the highest architecture awards including the prestigious Sulman award.

He spent his life dedicated to architecture and supporting the arts.

We were very fortunate that he agreed to join the AAA as a Founding Member and helped guide its establishment by becoming a member of the Founding Committee.

He also very generously provided space in his Milsons Point complex for many of our meetings and social functions, saving us the expense of hiring rooms elsewhere.

The AAA White tours will continue to explore and explain Harry Seidler’s work to the broad community for many years to come.

This year there is a tour of his Milsons Point Complex on Thursday 6 April and in August Gevork Hartoonian’s tour of Harry Seidler towers will be run on the 6 and 13 August.

Harry’s passing covered online:

Official statement Harry Seidler and Associates

When Harry met Sydney Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney’s towering dynamo dead at 82 Sydney Morning Herald

Vale Harry, our shock father of modernism The Australian

A sad loss for Australia The Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Harry Seidler Memorial

All AAA members and everyone in the community can remember one of Australia’s greatest architects at 3pm on Thursday 6 April 2006, at the Theatre Royal, MLC Centre in Sydney.

Finally—tour details for 2006

2006 White Tours Someone wise once said that expansion is a tricky thing. We know what they meant.

The success of our 2005 Sydney-based tours program was astounding—so much so that at times we struggled to meet the demand. So (roll of drums please) we are happy to announce that the number of architecture tours has doubled in the 2006 White program!

At present we only have a PDF version of the tours brochure available online. Hopefully when things calm down a little, we’ll revamp this site to include a more up-to-date calendar of events.

Why only Sydney?

We are hearing this question a lot now and understandably. There is no definitive answer but the underlying reason is money:

  • We are in the process of raising more money. This is now perhaps the most important task in front of us—as we get more resources—we will be able to branch out to other locations
  • We’ll be seeking donations to the AAA fund. More details soon.
  • We would love to hear from potential volunteers in other cities. If you have an idea for a tour, have the skills to be a coordinator or just want to get involved – drop us a line.

Designbuild + AAA tour

The AAA have joined with Designbuild to offer an environmentally sustainable buildings tour on May 28 (the first day of Designbuild). This is all happening in Melbourne.

Leading the tour will be widely recognised evironmental architect Tone Wheeler—and it will cover some of the most recently completed sustainable buildings around Melbourne.

To be part of this tour:

Download this form

We're having an AGM

It is that time of year again. The AAA will have their AGM on June 8 at 6pm. The meeting (which is sure to be short’n’sharp) will be followed by drinks with the committee members. This year (same as last year) Penelope has kindly allowed us to use the Seidler Apartment, Level 5, 2A Glen Street, Milsons Point.

There are two relevant documents:

The official AAA Notice of AGM for 2006 (a 67Kb PDF which includes the minutes from last year’s AGM and a committee nomination form), and

The AAA Annual Report for 2005 (a 354Kb PDF which includes no pictures so you can download it easily)