• Renovating in Woollahra and want to know your limitations?
  • Keen to meet architects who have worked in your local area?
  • Want to know more about commercial architecture in your community?
  • Interested in architecture and the thought processes behind building design?

Join us for a series of free public talks from Architects that have worked in the Woollahra region.

Supported by the Australian Institute of Architects and Woollahra Council. Curated by Georgina Wilson.

Architecture on Show (AOS) is a widely successful public talk series that spotlights architects who work in selected council areas. One speaker is selected per month to give a talk on projects affecting the local community and to allow discussion with community members on their local architecture.

The Woollahra series of AOS is being curated by Georgina Wilson, member of the Australian Institute of Architects.  Talks are free of charge for community members and Institute members.

Penelope Seidler & Mika Utzon Popov
TOPIC: Art & Architecture – A place for Sydney Sculpture… Read More

Luigi Rosselli & John Oultram
TOPIC: Heritage and Conservation in Woollahra Read More




WHEN: Wednesday, 21st October, 6pm – light refreshments provided

WHERE: Woollahra Municipal Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay


COST: Free. For more information contact Georgina Wilson Architect on 9363 9182 or email

Speaker: Penelope Seidler AM(Architect), Mika Utzon Popov (Artist)

TOPIC: Art & Architecture – A place for Sydney Sculpture

2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize judge Penelope Seidler AM, and artist Mika Utzon Popov with a panel of representatives will discuss sculpture today and its environment, with a focus on commissions in public space and collaborative work. The symposium will incorporate a viewing of the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Light refreshments will be served.

penelopePenelope Seidler AM – Penelope Seidler combines the aesthetic and practical skills of an architect with financial skills of an accountant. Her particular interests are international and Australian contemporary and ethnographic art, which she collects.

She is directly responsible for commissioning artists for projects of Harry Seidler & Associates and has an intense concern for both the built and natural environments. She has travelled widely as a Director of Harry Seidler & Associates and has a broad working knowledge of international arts organisations through her long association with the Museum of Modern Art, New York and more recently in Europe through the MAK in Vienna.

Mika PortraitMika Utzon Popov – Mika Utzon Popov graduated from the National Art School, Sydney in 1995. Mika Utzon Popov has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne and internationally in Brussels, Edinburgh, Spain and Denmark. He has received significant commissions in Copenhagen and Sydney and his work is held by international collections in Spain and Denmark.

WHEN: Thursday, 12th March, 6pm – light refreshments provided

WHERE: Woollahra Council, Committee Room


COST: Free. For more information contact Georgina Wilson Architect on 9363 9182 or email

Speaker: Luigi Rosselli (Architect – ), John Oultram (Heritage Consultant)

TOPIC: Heritage and Conservation in Woollahra – Adapting old buildings for modern life

In the first of the Architecture on Show series for 2015, join Architect Luigi Rosselli and Heritage Consultant John Oultram to hear about their favourite heritage projects in Woollahra. Luigi and John will discuss their playful, organic approach to breathing new life into old buildings while enhancing their value and character. The presenters will discuss how heritage can be an inspiration for contemporary design, and how to create a comfortable, sustainable, home that respects the heritage character that we all know and love

Luigi Rosselli – After many years seeking wisdom and knowledge from the world, from eminent architects including Mario Botta, Alvaro Siza, Umberto Riva and Aldo Giurgola in universities and workplaces in Milano, Lausanne, Switzerland and New York, Luigi settled in Sydney in 1984 and shortly after commenced his practice in Surry Hills.

He immediately embraced with enthusiasm the Australian culture, landscape and spirit and married his international upbringing to the local.  The result was a great number of buildings that are not parochial or provincial, and his best projects are the fruit of a marriage of cultures.

He has bred a posterity comprising a successful architect, a challenging artist and a world recognised musician.

John Oultram Heritage & Design was established in January 1998 by John Oultram, B.Arch., Dip. Arch. The company acts as architectural designers in the adaptation and alteration of heritage properties and as heritage consultants providing advice to other consultants and commercial and public clients. The practice specialises in the provision of heritage conservation plans and heritage impact statements.

John Oultram was appointed heritage advisor to Fairfield City Council in 1998. He is currently heritage advisor to Wagga Wagga City Council and Shaolhaven Council. The company is currently listed on the Heritage Office of NSW register of heritage consultants. The firm employs one full time and one part time staff and is currently based in a shared studio space in Double Bay.

WHEN: Thursday, 13th November, 6pm – light refreshments provided

WHERE: Woollahra Council, Committee Room


Speaker: Professor Alec Tzannes AM | Tzannes Associates



Alec Tzannes is one of Australia’s most respected architects, with a portfolio of work ranging from large scale urban planning and design to multi residential apartment buildings and individual homes. He has worked in the Eastern Suburbs area for over thirty years, designing some of the area’s best known buildings: among others, Cranbrook Junior School, the Bistro Moncur and adjacent buildings, the Symond, Rahn Broadbent, Shein and Henwood Residences, Federation Place and Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park, about which Alec says:

“I wanted to make an intriguing or slightly mysterious object. I wanted the viewer to engage with the concept of history and time, and I tried to make it relevant to that moment in history.”

Regardless of the scale and budget, the hallmarks of a Tzannes-designed project are its quality, refinement, integrity and exceptional detailing. In a disposable, knock-down world, these are buildings that do not grandstand: they are made to last, and to contribute to their place and time.

In the first of our Masters of Architecture series, Alec Tzannes will give a personal view of some of his favourite Woollahra projects, and discuss the creative challenges involved in bringing them to life.

WHEN: Thursday, 9th October, 6pm – light refreshments provided

WHERE: Woollahra Council, Committee Room





A discussion about CO-AP’s design process through the presentation of completed and current works.

woollahra architectsWill Fung studied architecture at the University of New South Wales. Upon graduation Will travelled to the Netherlands, where he joined Wiel Arets Architects in 1999 and worked on a diverse range of projects including houses, apartment towers, stadiums, urban masterplans and warehouse facilities. Returning to Sydney, Will was project architect at Engelen Moore, working on a number of retail, commercial and residential projects. Will has been a regular guest critic at the University of New South Wales School of Architecture and a part-time sessional design tutor at the University of Sydney School of Architecture. Will co-founded CO-AP with Charles Markell in 2005.

CO-AP_Tina EngelenTina Engelen travelled overseas regularly during her formative years with her parents, who imported architectural design products for their family business DeDeCe. Tina studied interior design at Sydney College of the Arts before becoming features editor at Interior Design & Architecture, a new magazine published by Herbert Ypma. She did design internships with Arclinea and Burley Katon Halliday, formed Daffodil with Danny Venlet and Marc Newson, and undertook private and collaborative projects. Tina co-founded the architectural practice Engelen Moore in 1995, where she realised projects including Price O’Reilly House and worked with property development companies Walker, Australand, Multiplex and Chase Property Group. Engelen Moore had many projects published internationally and won numerous national and international awards, including their apartment building Altair which won both “Best Building in the Australasian Region” and “Best Housing Scheme in the World” at the World Architecture Awards 2002, Berlin. Tina joined CO-AP in 2007.


Speaker #2: Collins and Turner | Huw Turner

TOPIC: Context vs Singularity

Huw’s talk will focus on a collection of recent Sydney projects that have sought to create unique and individual contemporary architectural outcomes through a diverse, and often challenging range of circumstances and contexts.

Huw Turner is a director at Collins and Turner Architects, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Surry Hills. The practices work focusses on the design and construction of innovative environments for living, work, and recreation at a range of scales. Projects illustrated will include new and up-cycled houses, a restaurant building under construction at Barangaroo, and a multi-residential project that seeks to establish new relationships between high density living and landscape in Sydney’s inner city.

In 2013, Collins and Turner were winners of the John Sulman Medal for outstanding public architecture for the Waterloo Youth Centre, completed for City of Sydney.

pennycollinsPenny Collins graduated architecture from the University of Sydney and began work with the Government Architect’s Branch of the NSW Department of Public Works, on Health Care projects in Wollongong, Port Kembla and Sydney. In 1990 she moved to London, working with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. Privately, she had prize winning entries in the RIBA Monument and Counterpoint and the Sydney Olympic Velodrome competitions. In 1992 Penny joined the Richard Rogers Partnership to take part in the Zoofenster office and hotel tower project in Berlin. Between 1993 and 2000, Penny worked with Foster and Partners In London, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. She returned to Sydney to establish collinsandturner in January 2002


turnerHuw Turner studied Architecture at South Bank University in London, graduating in 1990. Between 1988 and 1990 he worked for Eva Jiricna Architects on retail projects. Between 1990-91 he worked for the Richard Rogers Partnership on commercial office projects for Stanhope Properties. Between 1991 and 2000 Huw worked for Foster and Partners where he became an associate of the practice in 1996. Huw emigrated to Australia in April 2000 and worked for Hassell architects on a number of projects in Victoria and NSW. Huw was team leader for the Liverpool – Parramatta Transitway a network of 35 bus stations in Western Sydney, which won a commendation for civic design at the 2004 NSW state architecture awards, and was also shortlisted for the 2004 Premiers award. In April 2002 Huw left Hassell to establish collinsandturner, and with Penny Collins is responsible jointly for the design of all of the practices projects. Huw has lectured internationally on the subject of low energy facade design on behalf of Foster and Partners and has taught at London’s South Bank University, UTS, UNSW, and Sydney University.