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The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) was set up as a not for profit cultural organisation. Our aim is to enable the public to understand, appreciate and enjoy architecture and design.

This is a special year for the Australian Architecture Association as we are celebrating 10 years.  Since our inception, we have opened over two hundred homes to the public; held over a thousand walks, participated in design festivals and invited Australian and international speakers to openly share their designs to combined Australian audiences reaching the thousands.

‘How do we create an environment and a demand for design excellence?’

Architecture and design is around us every day and affects the way we work, the way we act and react. We believe that people should have the opportunity to experience first hand the value of good design.

We have a core group of 25 trained volunteer guides who are incredible and really form the backbone of our association. The volunteers develop and lead the tours and join AAA because they are passionate and interested in architecture and design.

All our events have been made possible by our team of volunteers, with the support of our members and event partners. However, after the global financial crisis, we have not been able to secure a major financial sponsor as we did in the first 5 years. This has impacted on our ability to run as many events as we wanted and also stopped us from expanding our program interstate.

This is why we believe this fundraising campaign will help "Keep Architecture Open" to everyone!

Sponsors Helping to 'Keep Architecture Open'

The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who have shown their love for the AAA by donating rewards to our campaign:

eClassroom.com.au is the first service in Australia and New Zealand dedicated to providing online learning and distance education to architects, landscape architects, designers and planners.

Offering nationally accredited qualifications and short courses developing design skills, Sydney Design School is the only school in Australia focusing exclusively on interior design and decoration.

The adults only retreat Hepburn at Hepburn is a part of the 8Hotels Collection of luxury villas, iconic boutique hotels and apartments.

Universal Magazines is Australia’s largest niche media company, home to many of Australia’s most trusted and in-demand magazines and online destinations.

Bennetts Associates is one of the UK's leading architectural practices, with a reputation for design, delivery and sustainability across a wide range of sectors.

Paul Connor is a registered architect, painter and partner of Connor and Solomon Architects, was the founding director of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, and is a Trustee of the Australian Museum, currently chairing its Building Committee and is also secretary of the Pyrmont Heritage Boating Club. Paul has a close relationship with Paris having won tenure to the Academie des Architectes Cité Internationale Des Arts studio in the early nineties and returning on a regular basis with his family since.

How The Funds Will Be Used

We're reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $7,500. This will help us continue to hold walks, talks and tours for the general public in 2015 in NSW and make them available to more people.  Our ambition does not stop in NSW! If we can raise $20,000, we will be able to increase our program and set up and train volunteers in another state.   In 2014 we have developed a small program with the assistance of a passionate volunteer architect in Victoria, however, we need your support to grow and sustain this program. If the total reaches $35000, you will see us setting up and running a program in a third State!

Some of the comments from individuals going on our walks, are – ‘up to world architectural tour standards’ and ‘one of the best city tours I’ve been on in 20 years’ – it’s working!

In appreciation of your help, we have put together some great rewards for your support of the "Keep Architecture Open" to everyone campaign!

The Challenges

The challenging global recession has resulted in the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) operating without a major sponsor. We need you to help us continue our unique work within NSW and ultimately expand the organisation into other states.
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A$10 +AAA HEARTFELT THANKS!Show you love the AAA and you'll earn our heartfelt admiration! If you are feeling philanthropic you can chose to donate more! Just select multiples of the amount you wish to donate by changing the quantity setting.
1 Chosen | 9999 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$20 +BENNETTS MONOGRAPHIn appreciation of your support we'll give you a copy of the monograph 'The Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Stratford-upon-Avon'. Designed by award winning UK firm Bennetts Associates Architects, this is a great read for all theatrical enthusiasts. Over 68 pages discover the evolution and crafting of the scheme from first principles, through sketches, drawings, models and photographs. Note: Postage is included for Australia only.
4 Chosen | 8 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$25 +DESIGN MAGAZINESIn appreciation of your support we'll give you two great design magazines in your very own AAA tote bag. Use the included AAA pen to note the ideas they inspire! Grand Designs Australia features houses comprised of a diversity of styles and budgets. Home Design is the go to magazine for everything you need for today’s home including new homes, interiors, furniture, furnishings and much more. Note: Postage is included for Australia only.
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$50 +WALKING TOURSIn appreciation for your support we'll give a ticket to you and a friend for any of our walking tours taking place over 2015. The Australian Architecture Association runs weekly tours in central Sydney and the surrounding urban villages. To find out what walking tours we have on offer <a href="http://www.architecture.org.au/sydney-walks">CLICK HERE</a>
7 Chosen | 293 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$54 +CAF MEMBERSHIPPlanning a trip to the USA in 2015? Pledge and be rewarded with one year of Household membership of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Membership entitles two adults and four children under 18 to a whole host of discounts and over 65 free walking and bike tours. Worth approximately $100 AUD, this is almost half the price! Make that overseas holiday truly unique, pledge now. Note: Check out the benefits of membership <a href="http://www.architecture.org/member/levels-benefits">CLICK HERE</a>
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A$55 +All GoneBOOK ON PETER STUTCHBURYIn appreciation of your support we'll give you the hardback book ‘Peter Stutchbury: Selected Projects’. Written by the architectural writer and photographer Patrick Bingham-Hall, with an introduction by architect Rick Joy, this 148 page hardback book chronologically documents significant projects of Stutchbury’s remarkable career. Note: Postage is included for Australia only.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$60 +@ HOME WITH THE ARCHITECTIn appreciation for your support we'll give you a double pass to one of the 2015 self drive tour series 'At Home With the Architect'. Once a month explore inside a privately owned architect designed residence. Check out the latest ‘At Home With the Architect’ tour <a href="http://www.architecture.org.au/news/enews/539-at-home-with-the-architect-chris-brookes">CLICK HERE</a>
6 Chosen | 94 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$65 +All GoneBOOK ON GABRIEL POOLEIn appreciation of your support we'll give you the second edition of the hard to find book ‘Gabriel Poole: Space in which the soul can play’, written by Bruce Walker. The 128 page paperback book documents 40 of Poole’s projects and is an important record of this crucial figure in Australia’s architectural development. Note: Postage is included for Australia only.
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$75 +Exclusive AAA T-SHIRTIn appreciation of your support we'll give you an exclusive AAA T-shirt designed by AAA Volunteer and interior designer Vanessa Couzens. Inspired by structuralist architecture, wear your love for the AAA in designer black! Select this original reward today. Note: Mens Fashion Staple Tee 180 GSM, 100% Cotton Premium Tee. Fabric pre-shrunk to minimise shrinkage. Double needle bottom hem and sleeve. Womans Slim Fit Tee: 200 GM, 100% Cotton Spandex Rib. Don’t forget to nominate the size you want.
2 Chosen | 98 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$110 +2 HOUR FORMAL CPD ONLINEIn appreciation of your support we'll give you a voucher to undertake a 2 hour formal CPD online course at eClassroom in 2015. Enjoy AAA talks by either international architect David Hertz (USA) or the recent talk by Julian Lipscombe (UK). Check out the AAA’s talk by David Hertz on eClassroom <a href="http://www.eclassroom.com.au/courses/p91tbdtm0v4.cfm">CLICK HERE</a>
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$120 +AAA MEMBERSHIPIn appreciation of your support we'll give you an individual Australian Architecture Association membership for 2015. Take as many AAA walks as you want for free, enjoy great discounts for tour tickets, talks and merchandise exclusively available to AAA members. Normally costing $165 for a year, don't miss out on this opportunity to meet like minded people and indulge your love of design!
9 Chosen | 991 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$175 +LEGORRETA + LEGORRETANew Buildings & Projects: 1997-2003. Used–Like new condition. In appreciation of your support we will give you a fabulous architecture book. Ricardo Legorreta is without question Mexico's most famous living architect. Thirty-five projects are shown in this volume including the Zandra Rhodes Museum in London. Legorreta is an architect's architect, admired and respected for his ability to create completely modern buildings that remain timeless and classic. NB: Postage included for Australia only
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2015
A$200 +AAA MEMBERSHIP FOR 2In appreciation of your support we'll give you two individual memberships for 2015 to the Australian Architecture Association. Membership allows you to take part in an unlimited number of walks for free and substantial discounts for our residential bus tours, self drive tours and talks. Enjoy member benefits such as discounts on magazine subscriptions and special offers on merchandise. Find out more about being a member by visiting our website: <http://www.architecture.org.au/membership>
3 Chosen | 997 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$300 +WORKSHOP: SKETCHUPIn appreciation of your support we'll give you a 4 evening workshop in SketchUp at Sydney Design School in 2015. This workshop is perfect for beginners looking to gain skills in 3D modelling. Normally $595 it's almost half price! Note: Conditions apply contact the Campus Manager at info@sydneydesignschool.com.au when you receive your reward. For more information about Sydney Design School’s short courses <a href="http://sydneydesignschool.com.au/short-courses/">CLICK HERE</a>
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$350 +RESIDENTIAL BUS TOURIn appreciation of your support we'll give a ticket to you and a friend for a AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour in 2015. This all day bus tour includes visits to some of the latest contemporary houses where the architects and some of their clients explain why and how they were designed. Check out our latest AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour <a href=" http://www.architecture.org.au/news/enews/541-aaa-residential-bus-tour-to-take-place-in-november">CLICK HERE</a>
7 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$400 +All GoneLUXURY ACCOMMODATIONIn appreciation we'll give you 2 nights (Sun/Mon, Mon/Tues or Tues/Wed) 5 star accommodation at Hepburn At Hepburn in 2015. The 14 villas at this adult's only retreat offer the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy the luxury spas and decadent food and wine of Hepburn Springs VIC. Almost half the normal price, don't miss out! After receiving your reward contact the General Manager to book: hepburn@8hotels.com Learn more about Hepburn At Hepburn <a href="http://www.hepburnathepburn.com.au/">CLICK HERE</a>
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$1500 +All GoneORIGINAL ART: PAUL CONNORIn appreciation of your support we will give you an original framed painting, ‘Gandia Flag’ by Paul Connor. The gouache and medium on Belgium linen measures 29cm x 29cm and is one of a series of works produced during travels on the south coast. Paul is a registered architect with a Masters in Fine Art, whose artworks are represented in both government and private collections. Find out more about this very talented artist <a href="http://www.paulconnorstudio.com.au/">CLICK HERE</a>
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2015