Continuing the work and ethos of Robin Boyd through an active, innovative and ongoing series of design focussed public learning programs and events.
The Robin Boyd Foundation aims to deepen understanding of the benefits of design through:
– Design Awareness
– Design Literacy
– Design Advocacy
The Foundation runs a regular program of Lectures, Workshops and Seminars throughout the year at Walsh Street. The year long programming makes a significant contribution to the City of Melbourne’s contemporary design discourse.
The Robin Boyd Foundation hosts a regular series of public open days in privately owned homes.These open days provide a unique opportunity for people to view and experience the design qualities of some outstanding buildings.
The Open days include buildings designed by Robin Boyd together with the work of Boyd’s colleagues and contemporaries, the work of Architects whose work Boyd admired; and the work of recent and currently practicing Architects whose work continues to demonstrate the benefits of good design.
A regular program of public lectures and speakers is held at Walsh Street. The events are set based on a topical theme within design or architecture. Our speakers series events have been a great success with the last series ‘Ethics of Architecture’ running between June and September 2016. The draw of discussing important topics in the inspirational setting of Walsh Street means that these events usually sell out very quickly.
During the summer events are held in the courtyard and at other times inside the house.
A society dedicated to the screening of documentaries and films on architecture, design and urbanism.
Enjoy screenings of the best in documentaries + films on architecture, design + urbanism at ‘Walsh Street’, the house designed by Robin Boyd for his family in 1957. DADo screens feature-length films as well as shorts + animations, some will be imported into Australia exclusively for our subscription only screenings, others will be classic favourites. Guest speakers will offer their own unique perspectives on the film subjects to kick off the conversation.
Each year, in association with Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and the City of Melbourne, we host a number of residential Design Studios at Walsh Street.
The design studios explore the public role of design professionals.
They provide an opportunity for architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and planning students to be better equipped theoretically and practically and to develop critical thinking around design in an urban context and the role of good design for the community.
Music was an important part of the lives of Robin and Patricia Boyd. Music was often played at Walsh Street and the Boyd Family were regular attendees at concerts and musical performances.
We are very lucky to welcome Robin Boyd’s grandson to Walsh Street each year as part of our musical performance programming. Rupert Boyd is an acclaimed classical guitarist based in New York.
The Foundation will host small musical performances, usually in the courtyard at Walsh Street. These performances will be open to friends of the Foundation and general public.
We aim to build on 10 years of expertise and programming successes to expand our reach to the next generation.
Our holiday workshops will provide an opportunity for students to explore Walsh Street, investigate the Small Homes Service and then think, speak, draw and analyse todays homes. Teaching how to observe, understand and question the decisions we make. Instead of asking how big is your home? the question will become how smart are our homes?
We are currently seeking funding to enable us to facilitate this program in 2017.