Living
Architecture

Kingswood House | Archaea Architects | Photographer: The Local Project

Video Series

Exploring the ways in which architects make a genuine difference
to people's lives

Only someone with the qualifications, experience and unique skills that allows them to practise under the title architect can provide the experience and design outcomes that truly meet the individual needs of a client – whether it be in a residential, community or commercial setting.

Living Architecture focuses on how qualified architects have made a real difference in the way their clients now live, play, work and simply enjoy life, as well as providing useful insights into the process and experience of working with a design professional.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Institute of Architects recognises the unceded sovereign lands and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of these lands and waters.

This recognition generates acknowledgement and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Countries, Cultures and Communities, and their ways of being, knowing and doing. Caring for Country practices including architecture and place shaping have existed on this continent since time immemorial.

The Institute recognises a professional commitment to engage and act meaningfully through reciprocal partnership and relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together we will support and develop the emergence of new possibilities for our shared future.

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Our partnership with PPG for Living Architecture is aligned with their Taubmans brand which has a strong focus on community and supporting the consumer.

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Episodes

Latest: Episode 5

HOME AS A SANCTUARY FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD

Kingswood House is a restoration and extension of a heritage listed home with a completely reimaged interior and design. The homeowners had two core requests; firstly, a house that could support a growing family and secondly, a house that radiated warmth and had a real sense of home.  

Architects: Archaea Architects

Episode 3

COMMUNICATION AS
A FORM OF ARCHITECTURE

House for Hiroko: A new residential build for a couple who wanted a Japanese inspired home in Canberra. Two of the non-negoticables included a tea pod, and bathing pod, both focal aspects of Japanese culture. A house largely composed of brick, a warmer internal palette and glass walls invites you to experience Hiroko’s Japanese heritage.

Architect: Anthony Knobel Architect

Episode 2

HARNESSING OPEN SPACE FOR A HERITAGE DUPLEX

Ziwa House: Modernising a house doesn’t mean you have to erase the original aesthetic. In this episode we find out how de Rome Architects re-invigorated this 1950s Canberra duplex by opening it up to the outside and reorganising the inside with an enduring and beautiful style.

Architect: de Rome Architects

Episode 1

Inter-war Cottage Rejuvenation

Northcote Residence lll: A residential home for a growing family of four undergoes a modest rear extension and renovation to find more space, functionality and privacy in the inner city suburb of Northcote, Victoria.

Architect: Project 12

Bushfire rebuild

The Cobargo Santa Project

An inspiring story of rebuilding a home and a family after the devastating 2020 Australian bushfires in Cobargo, Victoria and how a community came together to help rebuild the lives of those who needed it most.

Architect: Breathe Architecture

This video series is produced by The Local Project. A design industry platform that advocates for the ongoing value of authentic design.

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Golden Elm House

A much loved 50’s style home in the foothills of Adelaide keeps true to its original style, while creating more room from a new extension…

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House for Hiroko

A new residential build for a couple who wanted a Japanese inspired home in Canberra. Two of the non-negoticables included a tea pod, and bathing pod, both focal aspects of Japanese culture…

Read more

Ziwa House

Modernising a house doesn’t mean you have to erase the original aesthetic. In this episode we find out how de Rome Architects re-invigorated this 1950s Canberra duplex…

Read more

Northcote Residence |||

A residential home for a growing family of four undergoes a modest rear extension and renovation to find more space…

Read more

Working with an architect

what you need to know about working
with an architect

If you’ve never worked with an architect before or don’t understand what they do, how it works and what’s involved with the build process…

We recommend you checkout this this page to view valuable resources about what to look for when choosing an architect, the benefits and copyright (national legislation) information for architect engagement.

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Considering reaching out to an architect, but not sure where to start?

Use the Institute Directory to find qualified and registered architects in our member database for your upcoming project.