Robin Boyd Foundation

Iconic Modernist House Museum

The Robin Boyd Foundation is the custodian of the legacy of Australian modernist architect, author, critic, and public educator Robin Boyd and the iconic Walsh Street house he designed, built and inhabited.

We are committed to advocating Boyd’s belief that good design can improve people’s lives and our world. Our Guided Tours provide public access to Walsh Street, an exemplar of modernist residential architecture. The Foundation is also known for its Public Programs and 3D Tours that activate community awareness, amplify voices and increase Australian architecture and design participation. 

The Foundation’s work is supported by the Boyd CirclePartnersDonorsFriends, and our vital volunteers.

Public Programs

When Robin Boyd Went to Japan | Exhibition

Sun February 18th @ 10:00 am- Sun March 10th @ 16:00 pm
Robin Boyd visited Japan in the 1960s, wrote about Japanese architects of that time, and was Exhibition Architect for the Australian Pavilion at the Osaka Expo ‘70. This inhabitation of Walsh Street has been inspired by thinking about everyday..

Green tea with Robin Boyd and Japanese Metabolism

Sat February 24th @ 13:00 pm- 14:00 pm
In an immersive Japanese/Boyd setting, join Marika Neustupny and Christine Phillips for a conversation that will explore a selection of Robin Boyd's work in relation to several Japanese Metabolist projects. As an architect with Japanese heritage,..

Slow Day with CIBI

Sun February 25th @ 11:00 am- 15:00 pm
Founders Meg and Zenta Tanaka and the CIBI team will be at Walsh Street for a slow day of homestyle Japanese food and philosophy. Sip on matcha while we demonstrate organic stone fruit drying in the courtyard sunshine, in the style of ume, Japanese..

Floortalk: Marika Neustupny and Nigel Bertram

Thu February 29th @ 13:00 pm- 14:00 pm
Join the curators of When Robin Boyd Went to Japan for a floortalk. Marika Neustupny is founding Director of NMBW. She has taught in design and urban research since 1995, Marika has a Master of Architecture from Tokyo Institute of Technology..

Indigo tenugui with Heather Thomas

Sat March 2nd @ 10:00 am- 16:00 pm
SOLD OUT! Join Heather Thomas, Dye Lab Assistant at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, for a day of demonstration and discussion on Japanese heritage indigo. Try your hand at indigo shibori, dyeing a sarashi to create a tenugui. Explore the..

Wayne Crothers: Informing Modernity in Japan

Sun March 3rd @ 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Join Wayne Crothers, Senior Curator, Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, who will delve into the critical historical influences and events that informed the modern Japanese design aesthetic and lifestyle. Wayne is is Senior Curator,..

Everyday Design in Japan

Sun March 3rd @ 14:00 pm- 15:00 pm
From storage to scissors, egg cups to sake cups - good design is everywhere in Japan. Sori Yanagi, Riki Watanabe, and Masahiro Mori led the postwar design boom – renowned for their technical skill, application of materials, and simple design..

Paul Karakusevic (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architec

Tue March 5th @ 18:00 pm- 19:30 pm
We are delighted to be hosting UK-based architect Paul Karakusevic, co-founder of Karakusevic Carson Architects, for a talk highlighting some of his recent social and public housing projects. Following the talk, local retain, repair and reinvest..

Robin Boyd & Japan through our Archive

Sat March 9th @ 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
The Robin Boyd Foundation Research & Collections team has curated a new online exhibition, Robin Boyd & Japan, exploring Boyd’s connection to Japan and its architectural culture. The online exhibition brings to light stories and..

Floortalk: Marika Neustupny and Nigel Bertram

Sun March 10th @ 13:00 pm- 14:00 pm
Join the curators of When Robin Boyd Went to Japan for a floortalk. Marika Neustupny is founding Director of NMBW. She has taught in design and urban research since 1995, Marika has a Master of Architecture from Tokyo Institute of Technology..

Walsh Street Guided Tour AM 2024

Sat March 16th @ 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
Each Walsh Street Guided Tour begins with a talk packed with information about Robin Boyd – from his years as an architecture student to working with Gromboyd, his influences and travels to critical works and his lasting legacy. You will hear..

Walsh Street Guided Tour PM 2024

Sat March 16th @ 13:30 pm- 15:00 pm
Each Walsh Street Guided Tour begins with a talk packed with information about Robin Boyd – from his years as an architecture student to working with Gromboyd, his influences and travels to critical works and his lasting legacy. You will hear..

Design Matters: Small Footprint Housing

Tue March 19th @ 18:30 pm- 20:00 pm
Continuing the conversation on Affordable Housing, join us at Walsh Street for our next Design Matters talk: Small Footprint Housing. In the context of the housing crisis, cost of living crisis and climate and biodiversity crisis, the discussion..

Walsh Street Guided Tour AM 2024

Thu March 21st @ 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
Each Walsh Street Guided Tour begins with a talk packed with information about Robin Boyd – from his years as an architecture student to working with Gromboyd, his influences and travels to critical works and his lasting legacy. You will hear..

The Boyd Dynasty, Art and Legacy

Thu March 21st @ 13:30 pm- 15:00 pm
Each The Boyd Dynasty, Art and Legacy Guided Tour begins with a talk tracing the Boyd family lineage, from brewing fortunes to forging artistic communities. You will hear the stories behind the esteemed art collection of Robin and Patricia Boyd's..

Walsh Street Guided Tour AM 2024

Sat April 13th @ 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
Each Walsh Street Guided Tour begins with a talk packed with information about Robin Boyd – from his years as an architecture student to working with Gromboyd, his influences and travels to critical works and his lasting legacy. You will hear..

The Boyd Dynasty, Art and Legacy

Sat April 13th @ 13:30 pm- 15:00 pm
Each The Boyd Dynasty, Art and Legacy Guided Tour begins with a talk tracing the Boyd family lineage, from brewing fortunes to forging artistic communities. You will hear the stories behind the esteemed art collection of Robin and Patricia Boyd's..

The Robin Boyd Foundation acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung People of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we welcome visitors to Walsh Street. We extend our respect to ancestors and Elders past and present, and to all First Nations people.

Partners

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Australian-Institute-of-Architecture
Brickworks
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K5
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National-Trust
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