Open House Melbourne has announced the launch of a program that aims to educate people on commissioning and working with an architect for their residential projects.

The Naked Architect series caters to people who are considering using an architect for a renovation or new home design. The workshops are presented by Open House Melbourne, ArchiTeam and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).

Using the Open House model of direct exposure to good design, the series will be hosted across six different architect-designed homes within reach of Melbourne.

“[By using this] model of direct experience, the workshops will arm people with honest information through real case studies, and introduce them to a number of design professionals who will share their professional experience and advice,” says Emma Telfer.  

Each two-hour workshop will explore a specific aspect of the architectural experience, and give attendants the opportunity to meet and pick up first-hand tips from clients and their architects. A holistic selection of topics feature on the agenda for discussion, such as fees and budgeting, how to work to schedule, the stages of design, and a breakdown of the planning, construction and project management process.

Participating architects and projects include: Open House by MODO, Avenue Apartment by McMahon Nerlich, Elgin Street Residence by Sonelo Design Studio, Dark Horse by Architecture Architecture, Victoria Road House by Fred Architecture, and Ballantyne Street by Foomann Architects.

The workshops will run between Saturday 16 September and Saturday 11 November. Information and booking details here