Uniquely curated tours have been announced as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival (SAF) to be held on Sunday October 4.

Three special tours offer glimpses of the future, retracing the past, as well as glimpses inside the homes of high-profile local architects.

The City – What next? 

This tour focuses on the inner city, following a route from Circular Quay to Haymarket, concentrating on the crop of recently completed – and a few upcoming – contemporary architectural gems that are redefining Sydney.

The tour will connect these projects with an urban narrative that turns attention to processes of city and state governance and discusses the drivers of the city ‐ politically, economically, culturally and environmentally. A series of characters and authors will delve into the thinking behind the projects.(Sunday, 4 October, 10am – 1pm)

Transformation and Regeneration of the Inner-City Suburbs

This tour promises to guide the audience on an architectural exploration of the former working – class suburbs of Redfern, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Chippendale.

Crossing political, cultural and economic territories, this tour will discuss the forces driving transformation and regeneration in these inner-city suburbs. Particular attention will be given to the design of contemporary residential projects, ranging from high-density apartment buildings to fine grain additions in the back streets of Surry Hills and Redfern. (Sunday, 4 October, 2pm – 5pm)

Images: Architect Brian Zulaikha. The Zulaikha Laurence Residence. Photography by Michael Nicholson. Architect Matthew Pullinger, Alexandria Courtyard House. Photography by Brett Boardman.

The Architect’s House

These separate tours will take place between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, October 4 (see the event website for more details) provides a sneak peek into four homes of the most prestigious Sydney architects.

Join Amelia Holliday, Brian Zulaikha, Matthew Pullinger and Virginia Kerridge for a Sunday catch  up at their home, complete with a guided tour and insight into the design and construction process that informed their own abode.

Each architect will shed light on their personal design approaches, including how they managed building or adapting a house when they’re also the client. Learn how they maximised space and light, where they splurged, and where they saved, and what compromises were made along the way.


The Architecture Festival begins on Friday 2 October, presented over four days, and will feature a packed schedule of design and architecture inspired activities at various inner Sydney locations.

The new program consists of a mix of free to the public and ticketed events that will run from morning until late evening throughout the Festival at different locations around inner Sydney.

For full program details please visit: www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org