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AAA office will be closed from 22 December 2014 and will re-open on 12 January 2015.  See you at our events in the new year!

News From Victoria - AAA Partners with Melbourne Architours

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The Australian Architecture Association will soon be offering more local events for Victorian architecture and design enthusiasts.

AAA volunteer, architect Steve Rose, is our new representative in Melbourne and recently jointly organised a AAA Short Black - Architects In Their Space Talk by Sean Godsell at RMIT Design Hub, as a part of Melbourne Indesign the Event.

With the establishment of a Melbourne chapter, the AAA is excited to partner with Melbourne Architours, who share a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

Melbourne Architours is a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design. Keen to share their knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, they invite you on a walking tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric. Join Architours on their CBD or inner urban tours. A great social outing, its not unusual for tour participants to continue the conversation afterwards over a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to dissect the good and the bad about the city and its architecture.

There are some great Architour walks and tours taking place in October you won't want to miss.

Walking Tour - Modernism to Contemporary Walking Tour (City East): 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 4 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Walking Tour - Settlement to Marvellous: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 18 October
Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Special Tour - Innovation Through Architecture: An Open Studio Tour for City of Melbourne's Knowledge Week: 10.00am - 12.00pm Friday 31 October
In Collaboration with the Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Melbourne Architours are curating a bespoke architour of the most innovative architectural practices for Melbourne Knowledge Week, taking tour attendees behind the scenes to selected architectural offices to witness innovation as it happens.
For further information click here.

Bike Tour - Richmond Tour by Bike: 10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 15 November
Click here to visit Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

At Home With the Architect Visits An Australian Modern Classic

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This month the Australian Architecture Association invites you to take a step back into the mid-twentieth century with a visit to the Johnson House, designed by architect Peter (Richard Norman) Johnson (1923-2003).

The family home of Peter, his wife Jane and sons Chris, Tim and Simon, the Johnson House won the Wilkinson award for excellence in domestic architecture in 1964 and is regarded as a fine example of what has become known as the 'Sydney School'.

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Peter Johnson was a founding partner of the award winning firm McConnel Smith and Johnson, noted for their designs of public buildings such as the Law Courts, Queens Square, the Sydney Water Board headquarters and the University of Sydney's law school and faculty of architecture buildings.

As a professor of architecture and head of school at the University of Sydney (1968-86), as well as chancellor at the University of Technology Sydney (1988-98), Peter Johnson had a profound influence on the careers of many an emerging architect.

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The house will be presented on the day by Meredith Foley and Dominic Wilson, the proud owners, who bought the house after Peter passed away.

Date: Sunday 29 June 2014
House Location: Chatswood
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 12pm

Please note the Johnson House will only be open for one hour.

As a private residence this is a rare opportunity to experience a real design classic, don't miss out!

Book your place on the tour by clicking here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens 2014