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Living in Australia provided Robin Boyd with an opportunity to describe his own approach to design and his vision for Australian housing – housing that is appropriate to our lifestyle, environment, climate and culture. Originally published in 1970, this new edition includes recent colour photographs by John Gollings and essays by renowned architects Kerstin Thompson and Rachel Neeson reflecting upon the importance of Boyd’s work and its continuing relevance.

John Gollings in conversation with Fenella Kernebone discussing ‘Living in Australia’ and the work of Robin Boyd and Mark Strizic.

This book is deemed to be Boyd’s design manifesto as he articulates his design principles and uses his own buildings to illustrate his design approach.  Described by Professor Philip Goad of Melbourne University as “Boyd’s most important book”, since it is the only one of his nine published books where he writes about his own work.

Living in Australia is comprehensively illustrated with black and white photographs by Mark Strizic together with plans prepared by Boyd’s own office. In the absence of a published monograph of Boyd’s work, this book provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of Australia’s most significant and influential architects.


  • Co-published with Thames & Hudson
  • Only publication with comprehensive photographs and plans of many of Boyd’s buildings
  • The first publication to contain a significant portfolio of architectural photographs by Mark Strizic
  • Additional images by John Gollings
  • Updated design by Emerystudio
  • Has not been in print for over forty years


Publication Supporters

Domain Park Limited, The Heritage Council of Victoria, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Beleura: Tallis Foundation,  Hayball, Melbourne School of Design: University of Melbourne,

Retail Partners: Readers Feast Bookshop, Readings

Design and production: Emerystudio, Vega Press, Splitting Image

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