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..

DADo Film Season 2019

Wed April 17th @ 18:30 pm- 20:30 pm
The official film partner for the Robin Boyd Foundation and its 2019 Robin Boyd: Centenary of Design, celebrating the centenary of Robin Boyd's birth, DADo presents a rich program of shorts and feature length films that traverse the architectural..

Design Insights 2019

Wed August 21st @ 18:00 pm- 20:30 pm
Design Insights Evening | Wednesday 21 August - SOLD OUT This evening offers a comprehensive insight into the 2019 Victorian Architecture commended and awarded projects. The Robin Boyd Foundation will be hosting some of these noted practices and..

Walsh Street Tour – August 22 MORNING

Thu August 22nd @ 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..

RBF-AIA Awards Open Day 2019

Sun August 25th @ 10:00 am- 16:00 pm
Sunday 25 August 2019 - SOLD OUT 6 residential homes Access: 10am – 4pm The Australian Institute of Architects recognise the best buildings completed in the preceding year in their annual Awards program. The Robin Boyd Foundation, in..

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 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.


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.


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.