Iconic Australian Houses talks series

Iconic Australian Houses talks series

Welcome to the next in the series of architecture talks at Museum of Sydney.

Hear some of Australia’s most renowned architects, academics and designers, as well as current owners of selected homes featured in Iconic Australian Houses: an Exhibition by Karen McCartney


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Bookings Essential

Individual Talks

General $35
Concession/Member $30


For all 4 talks:

General $120
Concession/Member $100
Series tickets are no longer available

Please note these talks are at Museum of Sydney

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Life architecturally follows internationally acclaimed husband-and-wife team Robert McBride and Debbie Ryan to discover what inspires their groundbreaking concepts, designs and architecture.

Their outstanding architecture is changing the face of Melbourne and their spiral shaped ‘Klein Bottle house’ received the ultimate accolade: the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award for best residential house in the world.

This dynamic, down-to-earth, married-with-kids couple are leading lights in the modern architectural movement, designing a copper dome-shaped house that fits together like a jigsaw puzzle, a beach house that unfurls from a letterbox and a house extension that resembles a cloud. Many consider their buildings works of art, and as with most art, they’re often controversial.

Life architecturally follows the day-to-day lives of Robert and Debbie over a period of one year, examining the intricacies of their unique working relationship and the inspiration behind their iconic and controversial works.

This intimate documentary reveals the pressures of building a multistorey, twin-tower development and a revolutionary new school in the shape of an infinity symbol, alongside the construction and design of the couple’s new family home. It follows Robert and Debbie as they prepare their pitch to win the contract to design and construct a prestigious new billion-dollar building that will be the biggest cancer care centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

There is a personal reason behind their passion to create a building of hope for cancer patients and their families. The stakes are high. The vision is bold.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Britt Arthur


Sunday 25 May

View of the Marshall House Past Event

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?


Sunday 29 June

The Buhrich House II, architect Hugh Buhrich. Past Event

What does it feel like to live in an iconic house? Does ‘growing up in architecture’ influence your perceptions of love, life and beauty?


Sunday 27 July

Reeves House, architect Peter Stutchbury Sold out

Designing and building an iconic home can only be achieved through the collaboration of a dynamic team who share an inspired creative goal.


Sunday 17 August

Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Past Event

With Sydney’s real estate at an ever-increasing premium and the process of listing heritage homes becoming more difficult, the future of many iconic Australian houses is under serious threat.


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.

Meet the Masters

Image of speakers
L-R: Lindsay Johnston, Professor Brit Andresen, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury. Image courtesy the Bundanon Trust

Join students from the Glenn Murcutt International Master Class for a unique opportunity to meet four of Australia’s most respected and influential architects.