Making Iconic Houses

Iconic Australian Houses talks series

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The word ‘iconic’ is thrown about readily these days but what does it mean for a house to be described as such, and how does it manifest in the building itself?

Karen McCartney uncovered 29 examples for her Iconic Australian houses books (50/60/70 and 70/80/90), which have inspired the upcoming exhibition of the same name, opening at the Museum of Sydney on 12 April. In this intimate interview with Grand Designs Australia’s Peter Maddison, Karen will discuss the decision-making process and the highs and lows of finding the perfect houses to include. The talk will look at the different house styles that developed across the country from the 1950s to the beginning of the 21st century – dictated by climate, materials and the sheer inventiveness of the architects. Your ticket includes entry to the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition and refreshments before the talk.

2.30pm – 3pm Refreshments, exhibition viewing and book signing

3pm - 3.45pm In conversation talk

3.45pm - 4pm Audience Q&A

4pm - 4.30pm Book signing, exhibition viewing



General $35
Concession/Member $30


For all 4 talks:
General $120
Concession/Member $100
Series tickets are no longer available

When & Where

Sunday 25 May 2014 2.30PM–4.30PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988

Iconic Australian Houses

Exterior of Buhrich house showing distinctive curved roof
Buhrich House II, architect Hugh Buhrich. Photo © Michael Wee

Kicking off a new season of exciting exhibitions and events on April 12 will be Iconic Australian Houses, at the Museum of Sydney, exploring 29 iconic architect-designed 20th century houses from the 1950s to the 1990s, and presented in partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Australia.