Robin Boyd Centenary of Design

Tue January 1st - Tue December 31st
In 2019, the Robin Boyd Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Australia’s most influential architects Robin Boyd (1919-1971). The  Foundation is holding a year-long series of events under the umbrella program..

1OO Objects - Australian Design in the Home

Sat October 12th - Sun October 27th
Robin Boyd’s seminal Walsh Street house provides a fitting stage to elevate and celebrate the work of some of Australia’s most important design practitioners. The whole house will be activated in this ‘design within a design’..

Scarborough and Welkin Open Day – Sunday 27 Octo

Sun October 27th
Image: Peter Bennetts The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) recognise the best buildings completed in the preceding year in their annual awards program. As an extension of the Robin Boyd Foundation-AIA Awards Open Day, the award winning..

Baracco + Wright Present: Spatial Continuity- A le

Thu October 31st @ 18:30 pm- 19:30 pm
To celebrate the centenary of Robin Boyd's birth, architects Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright will  discuss some of Boyd's works  and his advocacy for an architecture that speaks to Australian conditions and sensibilities.  Their talk will be..

Walsh Street Tour – November 28 MORNING

Thu November 28th @ 11:00 am- 13:00 pm
Experience 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, and 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..

Walsh Street Tour – November 28 AFTERNOON

Thu November 28th @ 13:30 pm- 15:30 pm
Experience 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, and 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..

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – December 14 MORNING

Sat December 14th @ 11:00 am- 13:00 pm
Experience 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, and 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..

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – December 14 AFTERNOO

Sat December 14th @ 13:30 pm- 15:30 pm
Experience 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, and 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..

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 Program

The Robin Boyd Foundation holds Open Day events  in privately owned homes and buildings. These Open Days provide a unique opportunity for people to view and experience the design qualities of  buildings designed by Robin Boyd together with the work of Boyd’s colleagues and contemporaries, as well as architects whose work Boyd admired.

Open Days also include work of recent and currently practicing architects whose work continues to be recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects, and carry the ongoing legacy of Boyd’s ideas on the benefits of good design.

See an example of past Open Day.

Speaker Series

Public lectures and speaker talks are often held at Walsh Street.  These events focus on a topical theme within design or architecture are are often planned during major Melbourne events like the National Trust Heritage Festival and Melbourne Design Week.

The Foundation also provides a platform for its Boyd Circle members to discuss their projects and initiatives, as well as for architects and designers in Australia and internationally to talk about their work.

The Foundation is open to new architecture and design conversations at Walsh Street, so please contact us at information@robinboyd.org.au. See an example of a past talk

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.

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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.

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Musical Performances

Music was an important part of the lives of Robin and Patricia Boyd, and played an important role at Walsh Street as  Boyd family  and friends were regular attendees at concerts and musical performances at the house.

The Foundation continues this tradition by hosting small, musical performances.

In 2019, these special musical performances will include Robin Boyd’s grandson to Walsh Street as part of the Robin Boyd: Centenary of Design program. Rupert Boyd is an acclaimed classical guitarist based in New York and is currently touring with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Rupert and Laura will be bringing two very special recitals to Walsh Street mid-year.

View musical events and  all Robin Boyd: Centenary of Design program events here.

School Holiday Workshops

The Foundation aims 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.