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Design Matters: Home Made Melbourne

Tue August 20th @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

$20.00 – $30.00

Join us at Walsh Street for Home Made Melbourne. Facilitated by Tim Riley from Property Collectives, panelists Craig Rossetti, Debbie Ryan, James Legge and Jasmine Palmer will explore the connection between co-housing and co-development projects, cross examining a timeline of case studies.

The case studies will explore project creation & inception, design and development of the brief and critically the financial model. Looking at the Richmond Townhouses by Rossetti Architects, winner of the RAIA Robin Boyd Award for Housing 1995 as a starting point, the discussion will compare the different parameters across the change in time through to more contemporary projects built in the 2010s and 2020s. If we were to rebuild these projects today, what challenges or benefits do we see in co-development/co-housing?


Tim Riley | Property Collectives
Tim Riley is the founder of Property Collectives, developers and advisors who focus on projects with impact. Their building group model empowers people to co-develop the new homes and communities they want at cost price. Giving citizens more control over the location, design and quality of their future homes. Since 2010 Property Collectives has enabled 10 collectives building 82 homes across Melbourne.

Craig Rossetti | Rossetti Architects 
Craig Rossetti is an architect with 40 years experience in housing, shopping centres , office towers, and airports in numerous countries around the world.  He has restored and renovated  Villas in Vietnam,houses in Australia and Europe. His co-development of 6 terrace houses in Cremorne won the Robin Boyd award in 1995, the only multi unit housing proposal to do so. He has sat on many Juries with the AIA and tutored at Melbourne university. He has a passion for communities taking control of their housing development.

James Legge | Six Degrees Architects 
James is a founding director of Six Degrees Architects. With a passion for community-minded and sustainable housing, he has led numerous award-winning Melbourne projects. His expertise spans urban design, policy development, and master planning, driven by environmental responsibility and creating spaces that foster community. He has taught at the University of Melbourne, served on AIA awards juries, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. As a board member of Nightingale Housing and member of the Victorian Design Review Panel, James has significant impact on shaping Melbourne’s future and advocating for better housing design.

Debbie Ryan | McBride Charles Ryan
Debbie is the owner of McBride Charles Ryan with over 30 years’ experience in design and the built environment. Debbie believes that architecture should never relinquish experimentation and uses design of all scales as a means to this end. With each project, forms, spaces, materials and context are all up for grabs. Both scientific and intuitive, Debbie has a special ability to conceive design schemes that meet the individual requirements of each building.

Jasmine Palmer | Housing Researcher & Urban Coup Resident
Jasmine Palmer was fortunate to begin her architectural career in South Australia in the 1990’s when the CSHA funded resident-led housing cooperatives. The early experiences of working with residents to deliver multiple housing cooperative projects in Adelaide informed her subsequent teaching and research with a strong focus on community and sustainability. Having completed a PhD on Australian and International collaborative development models and spent time as guest researcher at the TUDelft Collaborative Housing Research Lab (CoLab), Jasmine is now living back in her home state of Victoria in the Urban Coup community, a newly built CoHousing apartment building in Brunswick.

This event is generously supported by Brickworks Building Products, Konpira Maru Wines and Molly Rose Brewing.

Doors will open at 6.30 pm to allow attendees to explore Walsh Street and enjoy refreshments in the courtyard. The talk will commence promptly at 7 pm. 

Before your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink is permitted.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
– Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.
– Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.

Image: Richmond Townhouses in Melbourne by Rossetti Architects (winner of the Institute’s Robin Boyd Award for Housing, 1995)
Photo: Tim Griffith


Tue August 20th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
$20.00 – $30.00
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Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia


Robin Boyd Foundation


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