Matt’s Itinerary

April 11, 2013  |  Comments Off on Matt’s Itinerary  |  by Joey Trongchittham  |  News, Scholars

Matt-KellyOur 2012 Parker Fellow Matthew Kelly is getting ready to depart on his study trip. We are very excited and looking forward to following  Matt’s journey on his graphic blog.


2012 Parker Fellow

October 13, 2012  |  Comments Off on 2012 Parker Fellow  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Our 2012 Parker Fellow is Matthew Kelly. His award was announced at the Twelfth Annual Architects Foundation Dinner at Isabellas Restaurant held at Newcastle University on Saturday evening, 29th March.  Also announced was the winner of the Col Madigan Commendation Award , Hannah Cheetham, a second year student.

Twelfth Annual Dinner

July 22, 2012  |  Comments Off on Twelfth Annual Dinner  |  by ross  |  News

The Architecture Foundation invites all architecture graduates from and beyond the University of Newcastle to attend the Foundation’s 2012 dinner and awards evening on Saturday 29 September 2012 from 6.30pm.

The event will be held at Isabellas Restaurant, the original staff club on the campus of the University of Newcastle.  Guest speaker will be Leone Lorrimer, the new CEO of Suters Architects who has recently retuned from Abu Dhabi having worked with Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Jean Nouvel.  Her topic – Sandhills, the Abu Dhabi experience . . .

The 2011 Parker Fellow, Natalie Scott, will speak about her travels through South America, in particular Brazil and the city of Curitiba which, at the hands of its previous mayor and architect Jaime Lerner, has grown from a post-industrial wasteland to a dynamic and much-loved metropolis.  The 2011 Commendation recipient, Aariel Pazar, will present his experiences at the Julian Ashton Art School having received the Col Madigan Commendation for 2011.

The event will announce the 2012 recipients of the Parker Fellowship in Architecture.

To download a Dinner Acceptance form:  CLICK HERE


Contact: Ross Cox: 02 4969 4514     Bob Donaldson: 02 4969 5508

Mail: PO Box 2348 Dangar  NSW 2309



Natalie writes – 3

July 20, 2012  |  Comments Off on Natalie writes – 3  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Exerpt from a recent email to Bob Donaldson: ..I’ve just returned to Curitiba after spending a couple of weeks in Campinas, the city I did exchange to in 2008. This was a really interesting and not to mention fun fortnight catching up with friends and host families I hadn’t seen in 4 years. I really loved seeing my host city again after 4 years and I’ve noticed a few subtle changes that have really changed the city!! Interestingly enough one major problem the city is facing is car congestion!
Curitiba is in the depths of winter at the moment with most days being around 6-14 degrees and quite windy! Although the locals surprisingly enough are pretty acclimatized so it doesn’t stop the city from being full of people all day!
My journal is full to the brim of writing and ideas and coupons and drawings, so I’ve got a lot to show everyone when I get back. I’m quietly proud of My journal because it really shows exactly what I’ve been doing all the good and bad days, the boring bits, people I have met and places I have seen. It’s something that I enjoy flipping back through and remembering how all the different places and things have affected me from start to finish.
I’ve made quite a few good connections in Curitiba and its really helped to open doors and show me things I wouldn’t have noticed or been able to see. I’m still hoping to meet with Jaime Lerner for more than a couple of seconds like I have previously but to be honest I’m not going to be surprised if I don’t get to because as I’ve been watching on Facebook he travels around the world as governor of the state! But i will hopefully get the chance to get inside his architecture office which will be great!!!
Im working on a bit of a video presentation for the dinner hopefully I can give everyone a bit of an idea of what I’ve been doing over here.

Natalie writes – 2

April 30, 2012  |  Comments Off on Natalie writes – 2  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Hello Bob and everyone else in TAF.

Firstly I hope winter has come early there and I hope I miss all the cold weather!
Well, I’m not sure if you have been reading my blog but I am having a really great time. I’ve been travelling now for about 6 weeks and I feel like my whole perspective has changed as cheesy as that sounds!
I’ve been to Brazil before but I never saw it through the eyes of someone who had any knowledge of Architecture.
The cities I’ve visited in South America have taught me more about what it is to be a city then Newcastle or Sydney ever could have. I’m not sure whether it is South America or whether it is the strong European influence but these cities (most of them) just breathe life and chaos and excitement. Sydney feels like a stifling concrete jungle compared to the wide avenues of Buenos Aires and the parks here! So many squares and parks its really so nice to see.

I’m not really sure whether I am doing the right thing. I’m writing a lot. I have a diary that is already half full. And taking photos and filming things. I’ve been drawing although not enough! But sometimes the things I learn are hard to capture in a picture or a note. Sometimes they arent that tangible and sometimes its just a feeling. a little AHA! moment every now and then.

I’ve briefly met Jaime Lerner and I’m desperately hoping to get into his office and meet him. I have been collecting a lot of information and texts about Curitiba and the Urban Design things they are doing here. It is getting cold here but its still manageable. The Brazilians I have met around the place are probably some of the most friendly and easy going people I’ve ever met. They are so patient and willing to chat and help you find where u need to go. I also get the feeling that people that live in Curitiba usually dont leave it. Brazilians travel around the country wuite a bit for work and love but I dont think I’ve met anyone who has said ‘oh yes i lived there once it was ok’. Most of them end up returning years later.

I’m halfway through my first semester of my Masters degree but I’m only doing the research course by distance. Which is actually great at keeping me focused and thinking about architecture. I’m focusing my interests on Urban Design and cycling so I’m trying to dig up as much info on that as I can right now. Curitiba has some pretty well funded cycling initiatives underway at the moment.

Anyway, i think thats about enough from me for now. I hope that I have been a good representative for the TAF. I think I have been a good representative for myself and as an Australian.

I hope everyone is well on that side of the world. I wish I could go to the promotion of the Fellowship at uni to tell them all try! Its amazing to think that this time a year ago I was in their position!

Tchau ate logo!


Natalie writes

March 29, 2012  |  Comments Off on Natalie writes  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Natalie Scott, 2011 Parker Fellow writes: 7 March 2012- I fly to South America in a little over a week which is quite exciting! I’ve had about 5 different vaccinations over the past month so I’m well prepared!

I plan on taking my time getting to Curitiba. I will be flying into Buenos Aires and exploring it for a week.

I will then be hopping up to Uruguay and spending a week in Montevideo.

From here I’ll be flying up to Brasilia and hope to see just about every monolithic monument that is on offer!

I am planning on staying at Brasilia Palace Hotel which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

From Brasilia I’ll be flying down to Curitiba and have planned to stay at an Eco hostel just outside the city which im very much looking forward to.

I have made plans to meet with bicycle groups and local government members, some architects and a Rotary club (Rotary usually has the powerful people in the know in Brazil).

I am still trying to arrange a meeting with Jaime Lerner the past mayor of Curitiba.

Im also getting up to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for a couple of weeks to experience the big raging cities!

I have started a blog for my travels which I hope the Foundation, friends and fanily will all have a look at at some point.

It is a tumblr blog which people can find at

I do also have the Instagram App and a few other nifty things that will help me capture moments.

Hope to hear from you soon.


2011 Parker Fellow

September 29, 2011  |  Comments Off on 2011 Parker Fellow  |  by ross  |  News

The 2011 Parker Fellow Natalie Scott and Commendation Awardee Aariel Pazar were announced at the Annual Dinner of The Architects Foundation on 24th September at Isabellas Restaurant on the Callaghan Campus of the University of Newcastle.

Sacha writes from LA…

June 22, 2011  |  Comments Off on Sacha writes from LA…  |  by ross  |  News

This week was a busy and crazy week in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Very unfortunately highway 1 (the beautiful scenic route along the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles) is partly closed due to a landslide where part of the highway is now in the Pacific Ocean! So we took two days to travel along highway 101 (a more generic highway – but also offered some wonderful views of the farming planes and mountain ranges). We stayed the night at a small coastal town called San Simeon, and also visited Hearst Castle (thanks to Andrew for the great advice to check it out – and next time you are here you should also make the effort, it is quite spectacular!) Even the setting of the Castle is beautiful, atop a huge mountain looking back over San Simeon and out to the ocean.
From Santa Monica, we got our first experience of a Gehry building – the Gehry Residence. I was quite delighted to experience it in reality and very happy that this was my first impression of Gehry – his simple, experimental beginnings before the dazzling (literally) Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was beautiful to see and sketch in real life – and looked so much more lovely and refined than the images you see of a crazy house, designed by a delusional man with material like corrugated iron and chain mesh. The setting was also perfect – in a middle class, quite neighbourhood, with beautiful manicured lawns, large shady street trees and a cool ocean breeze. A lovely gentleman out walking his dog asked us if we would like our picture taken. He then informed us that Gehry had bought the block next door, where we had noticed a large, layered timber fence. He said that Gehry had plans for landscaping and a garden in that block.
We did so much more in Santa Monica that I would love to tell you about, but im afraid this email could easily turn into the thesis! We saw Gehry’s Chiat Day Building, Edgemar Place and the Venice Beach house. Also unfortunately Santa Monica Place designed by Gehry has been demolished and a new shopping centre built. We still checked it out and it was a beautiful indoor/outdoor shopping plaza, which they have so many of in America (from what we have seen so far anyway). Its a great way to shop, weaving in and out of shops, under awnings and between trees, rather than being inside a big Westfield or Stockland shopping centre box!
Anyway – some more good news and a little bad news. The bad news is that i was unsuccessful in gaining access to Gehrys office. They now have very strict policy in place where only clients and contractors are allowed entry into the building. Obviously they are a busy firm and can not make exceptions for one student from Australia – otherwise they would have to let everyone in. Gehry is very big here – just like one of the stars. There are several architects and architecture schools influenced in one way or another by his work. I had trouble even gaining access through the contact I had made with Edwin Chan and Larry Tighe, both partners at the office.
On the brightside, I was very fortunate to make contact with an architect from a suburb called Thousand Oaks, outside of LA. Francisco Behr was extremely kind and very generous with his time, knowledge of the city and fuel in his car! Francisco is a director at BehrBrowers Architecture ( and we were very lucky to have him pick us up from our hotel in Santa Monica and show us something special in Culver City. He took us to a site where a developer had given Eric Owen Moss free reign to experiment with his design theory, materials and ideas in one place. There are about half a dozen projects designed by Moss in the one location. Mostly offices but they can range to something as static as a stair that one can climb up….then back down. He is heavily into the deconstructivist theory, similar to Gehry – but on the one hand Gehrys architecture is VERY intuitive and comes from the heart, where as Moss’s theory is applied and calculated and comes from the brain. Both very intriguing and fanciful architecture! and its all so exciting!!
Then Francisco took us for a drive and tour around downtown LA, than dropped us at the Getty Centre. Also another fantastic site which I could talk about for hours!! The next day Francisco again picked us up and took us out to Anaheim (the location of Disneyland). Here there are two works by Gehry, the Mighty Ducks Practice Ice Rink and the Disneyland Administration building. After that Francisco also took us to a few other special sites – the most special being SCI-Arch, on of the many Los Angeles Schools of Architecture. It was amazing to see this, and so special to gain access through Francisco. The school is located in an old and very long warehouse building and Thom Mayne is an associate professor there. There school is also very deconstructivist and influenced by Gehry, Moss and Mayne. The school was fantastic – they had awesome large scale models built from timber, styrofoam and perspex. They are really encouraged with hands on model making and actually building small scale projects throughout the city. They have very impressive workshop facilities also from a cnc router, laser cutter and a crazy robot computer cutting multi-arm router device!
Anyway, please see my facebook page for some images, ive only uploaded a very select sample as I have about 12 gig worth of photos already! As I mentioned – I could go on for days and i would be here all night!
Love from Los Angeles,

2011 Parker Fellowship

January 27, 2011  |  Comments Off on 2011 Parker Fellowship  |  by tafadmin  |  News

The 2011 Parker Fellowship will be launched in May at The University of Newcastle.  This is the 11th award to be made.

Our New Site

January 11, 2011  |  No Comments  |  by tafadmin  |  News

Happy New Year, and welcome to the brand new Architecture Foundation website.  We hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to benefitting from your support.  More content will be uploaded shortly.