Boyd Collection Launch

We are delighted to introduce The Boyd Collection – original furniture designs by Robin Boyd. In 1958, when Robin Boyd designed 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, the house was furnished simply, with pieces designed by Boyd himself: two sofas, a dining table, two coffee tables, a sideboard and a daybed. Each, a masterpiece of crafted furniture, beautiful and...
Sat June 24th

Walsh Street Twilight Tour

Experience Walsh Street 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, is his most well-known work. It has been extensively published both nationally and internationally as an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture and a house that continues to influence architectural thinking. It is now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation....
Thu August 10th @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Design Insight – Architecture Awards 2017

Design Insight Evening– Tuesday 15th August  This evening offers a comprehensive insight into the 2017 Architecture Award winning projects, design concept, principles and realisation. We will be hosting a Design Discussion at Walsh Street on Tuesday August 15 (6.30pm start) where architects will present and discuss their projects. The presentation format...
Tue August 15th @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DADo Film Society

DADo is the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation and dedicated to films on architecture, design + urbanism Session 4: 16 August ARCHI x FASHION: Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1989, Dir. Wim Wenders, 81 mins, English | Japanese | French with English subtitles. This “diary film” as Wenders called it, investigates the similarities of his craft,...
Wed August 16th @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Open Day – Architecture Awards 2017

OPEN DAY Sunday 20th August, 2017 10am – 4pm The Australian Institute of Architects recognise the best buildings completed in the preceding year in their annual Awards program. The Robin Boyd Foundation in co-operation with the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter is pleased to host this tour of outstanding Awarded and Shortlisted projects...
Sun August 20th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Boyd Meets Girl

Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf – Boyd Meets Girl 31st August and September 1st 2017 Doors Open 6pm Concert 6.30 – 7.30pm Event Finish 8.30pm Walsh Street will serve as the backdrop for a concert to be given by one of Boyd’s grandchildren, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and his wife, Laura Metcalf. Boyd Meets Girl perform arrangements and original...
Thu August 31st - Fri September 1st

Ongoing Programs

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.

Open Day Programme

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.


Speaker Series

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.


Dado Film Society

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.


Design Studios

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.


Musical Performances

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.


School Holiday Workshops

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.