Events and Tours

Upcoming Events and Walsh Street House Tours

Our Walsh Street house tours are run bi-monthly throughout the year. Hosted by our volunteer guides, the tour presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes and then guests have another 45 minutes to explore the house, ask questions and take photos.

Unfortunately some of our house tours have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Ticket holders have the option of rescheduling on to a future tour or receiving a refund.

Our team are currently planning multiple events for the 2nd half of 2021 and beyond, however scheduling with confidence is difficult.

Become a Friend of the Foundation or subscribe (scroll to page footer) to stay tuned for upcoming Design Matters talks, a Robin Boyd Symposium, musical performances and the return of our DADo Film Society.

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – Sat 20 Nov AM

Sat November 20th @ 11:00 am- 12:30 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 – Sat 20 Nov PM

Sat November 20th @ 13:30 pm- 15:00 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 – Thu 9 Dec AM

Thu December 9th @ 11:00 am- 12:30 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 – Sat 11 Dec AM

Sat December 11th @ 11:00 am- 12:30 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 – Sat 11 Dec PM

Sat December 11th @ 13:30 pm- 15:00 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..

Past Events


2020 RBF Virtual Open Houses

Wed July 8th @ 09:00 am - Tue September 1st @ 08:59 am
Australian Residences | AIA chapter award winning and shortlisted houses Now extended to 31 August Whilst we're unable to host the much-loved and highly anticipated Robin Boyd Foundation / AIA Awards Open House day in its usual form this year,..

Landscaping the Domestic: Exhibition Talk

Sat March 27th @ 12:00 pm- 13:00 pm
Alongside the exhibition FRESH EYES: Reimagining Walsh Street, join us on Saturday 27th March for a series of short conversations with some of Melbourne’s leading architects around the theme of Landscaping the Domestic. Due to Covid safe..

Book Launch: After the Australian Ugliness

Sun March 28th @ 18:00 pm- 20:30 pm
Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness was published in 1960 and quickly took its place as a key work of architectural and cultural critique in the nation’s canon. This new book published by the National Gallery of Victoria and Thames..

I-CONIC Melbourne Design - Featherston + Clarke

Wed March 31st @ 18:30 pm- 20:00 pm
Join Dr Denise Whitehouse at Walsh Street for a presentation of the I-CONIC Melbourne Design series of films produced by Ian Wong of Monash Art Design and Architecture and The Robin Boyd Foundation. This one hour session will feature screenings..

I-CONIC Melbourne Design - Featherston + Zmood

Wed April 7th @ 18:30 pm- 20:00 pm
Join Robin Boyd Foundation’s Professor Philip Goad at Walsh Street for a presentation of the I-CONIC Australian Design series of films produced by Ian Wong of Monash Art Design and Architecture and The Robin Boyd Foundation. This one hour..

I-CONIC Melbourne Design - Cohn + Slattery

Wed April 14th @ 18:30 pm- 20:00 pm
Join Peter Maddison at Walsh Street for a presentation of the I-CONIC Australian Design series of films produced by Ian Wong of Monash Art Design and Architecture and The Robin Boyd Foundation. This one hour session will feature screenings of Su..

Our Programming Activities

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.

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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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

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 previous years we have invited various artists to perform at Walsh Street for an intimate audience, including Robin Boyd’s grandson Rupert Boyd, a New York based classical guitarist, and his partner, American cellist Laura Metcalf.

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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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.