DARCH tour of Barangaroo South

On Saturday over 30 emerging architects & graduates braved Sydney Train’s trackwork to make their way out to Barangaroo South to attend our tour lead by the ever-so-knowledgeable Avtar Lotay of Richard Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP). At one of the pop-up waterside venues Avtar and his team took us through a presentation focused on the design and planning of Barangaroo (minus the politics). What was clear was the amount of design detail and thought put into the development by RSHP both at a macro and micro scale. We later meandered through Barangaroo’s streets to experience for ourselves the intended views and connections between city and harbour, and the intersections between public & private through the lobby spaces.

We’d like to thank the team at RSHP for sharing so much insight and knowledge on this tour, the team at Lendlease for letting us use the pop-up space and carry out this tour, and all the participants who attended.

Our apologies to those who were on our waiting list as this tour was at capacity. To hear about our future events, please sign up to our mailing list to hear about any upcoming tours, and follow us on social media to be kept up to date.


Pics by Joseph O’Meara

2012-08-15_Q&A(rchitect) Talk

Graduates, emerging architects and students, join us for our own Q&A session with the winner of the NSW Emerging Architect Prize 2012, Penny Fuller from Silvester Fuller.

How did she manage it? Who helped her? What needs to change for us and the next generation of architects to succeed?

Hosted by Janne Ryan of TEDxSydney and DARCH.

Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point
6.30pm Wednesday 15th August
Free for members, $10 for non-members at the door
See the flyer
Read the article from the Sydney Morning Herald
View the Photo Gallery on Flickr

2012-05-30_Gold Medal lunch

As the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 Gold Medallist, Lawrence Nield gave an address at the MCA 7.30pm Tuesday 29th May as part of the Vivid Ideas Exchange.

The following day DARCH held a lunch for a small group of emerging architects and graduates to meet him and gain insights into his career, supported by Bluescope Steel with EmAGN. 1pm Wednesday 30th May, Bodhi Restaurant, Lower Mezzanine Cook and Philip Park, 2-4 College Street, Sydney.

Visit the photo gallery on Flickr
Read the review

2012-04-11_Q&A(rchitect) Forum

Entries are now open for the 2012 NSW Emerging Architect Prize and we are having a chat about our profession with our brightest thinkers and makers. How have they found opportunities in their careers? What needs to change for us and the next generation of architects to succeed?

Hosted by Peter Salhani, NSW Architecture Bulletin Editor, with Matt Chan of Scale Architecture, James Sandwith of Hassell Studio & EAA, Genevieve Murray of hungerford+edmunds, Marcus Trimble of Bennett and Trimble, Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studio, Andrew Donaldson of Architect Marshall

See the flyer
Visit the Photo Gallery on Flickr
Read the review
Hear the introduction
Hear Matt Chan’s Talk
Hear Andrew Donaldsons Talk
Hear Genevieve Murray’s Talk
Hear James Sandwith’s Talk
Hear Hannah Tribe’s Talk
Hear Marcus Trimble’s talk

2012-02-22_EmAGN Sydney Photographic Exhibitions

Following the successful EmAGN Sydney one day photographic event held in December, DARCH launched two exhibitions of the images in February: at Wholemeal Café at Taylor Square and on the hoardings along Broadway at the Frasers Central Park site. We held a breakfast launch at the café on 22nd February, with thanks to the NSW Chapter, and a drinks launch near the hoardings at the Clare Hotel on 23rd February.

Congratulations again to the winners Felix Rasch of Choi Ropiha Fighera, Stefanie Hughes and Miki McBride of SJB Architects and Barbara Busina.

Supported by Frasers Property Central Park and the Wholemeal Café, EmAGN, and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter.

Visit the Photo Gallery for the cafe on Flickr
Visit the Photo Gallery for the hoardings on Flickr
See the flyer
See the World Architecture News blog


DARCH began 2012 with a very well attended Regi(fru)stration seminar on 13th February before the PALS Course and the APE. Over 150 people keen to find out the official and unofficial information on the somewhat daunting registration process heard NSW Architects Registration Board State Convenor Ian McCaig, examiner Melonie Bayl-Smith, Tony Kemeny of the PALS course, and Jo Bastian and Miriam Green, who registered recently, speak and take questions on all aspects of the process and the profession.

Supported by Kingspan Insulated Panels.

Visit Photo Gallery on Flickr
Download the NSW ARB Presentation

2011-12-10_EmAGN Sydney Photographic Competition

EmAGN the National Emerging Architects and Graduates Network of the Australian Institute of Architects initiated a new one day photographic competition: EmAGN Sydney, held on 10th December at Fraser Studios.

The premise was that architects see the city a bit differently. The aim was to provide an opportunity for our demographic to engage with the city and to exhibit their work in the public domain in order to stimulate discourse about our city and how we see it. The images responded to this brief:

The Australian ugliness is bigger and better here… There is beauty to be discovered here, natural and artistic, the trouble is that it must be discovered. 

Robin Boyd: The Australian Ugliness 1960

Supported by EmAGN, the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Fraser Studios and the Wholemeal Cafe

Visit Photo Gallery on Flickr
Read the review
See the flyer