The Australian Institute of Architects in SA were pleased to host the 2019 Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD19) 18-21 July 2019 which featured lively debate, sharing ideas and exploring the future of Adelaide from a design perspective.  


Since its inception in 2014, FAD has provided a platform for the exploration of design and architecture for allied design professionals and members of the public.

Our long-term goal is to build a festival that becomes part of the fabric of Adelaide’s diverse and vibrant festival culture. FAD will encourage a dialogue around the importance of good design and good design process in SA.

The festival delivers a fun, vibrant and educational program of architecture and design with exhibitions, panel discussions, project presentations, free consultations, pop up installations, films, an open house and open studio program and themed architectural tours.

The festival enjoyed significant growth in its first two years, with attendance increasing by more than 200% from 2014 to 2015 and the number of events growing from 12 in 2014 to 41 in 2015. The social media reach for the festival over a three-month period following the event peaked at 54,000.

In 2016, FAD partnered with Open State for the first time. Over ten days attendees enjoyed an incredible line up of local and international speakers across more than 60 events. Attendances were estimated at over 25,000 across the Open State program. This partnership continued in 2017, with FAD17 delivering the Future Cities stream of the Open State program.

In 2019, FAD  returned to its roots. A curated program to deliver relevant conversation on a subject matter that could not be more relevant today – Ideas of Home.

THEME FOR FAD19: Ideas of Home.

An exploration of housing precedents, emerging typologies and the meaning of ‘home’ in a range of contexts.

Through this focus we considered issues including:

  • indigenous patterns of living and occupation of the Adelaide region both pre-European settlement and today
  • evolving housing typologies and the influence of time and culture on housing expectations
  • future directions for housing in Adelaide
  • what it means to call Adelaide Home