Events and Tours

Upcoming Events and Walsh Street House Tours

Our Walsh Street house tours are scheduled tthroughout the year and we host special Sunset Cocktail tours in autumn and spring. Our team are expanding our programming for 2022 with design talks, exhibitions, film screenings and musical performances – Become a Friend of the Foundation or subscribe (scroll to page footer) to be notified of upcoming events and activities.

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – Sat 28 May AM

Sat May 28th @ 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 28 May PM

Sat May 28th @ 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 2 Jun - 1.30pm

Thu June 2nd @ 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..

Design Matters: Iwan Iwanoff, modernist architect

Thu June 9th @ 18:30 pm- 20:30 pm
Iwan Iwanoff's modernist architecture has always captivated photographer Jack Lovel. Having spent his formative years in a family home designed by the Bulgarian-born, German-trained visionary, the architect's aesthetic left a lasting impression. In..

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – Sat 18 June - 11am

Sat June 18th @ 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 18 June - 1.30p

Sat June 18th @ 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..

Design Matters on Campus (1 day Symposium)

Sun July 10th @ 10:30 am- 15:30 pm
Design Matters on Campus is a symposium exploring the intersections between architecture, landscape and the university experience, within Robin Boyd's Menzies College at La Trobe University. In the late 1960s, La Trobe University rose..

Weekend Walsh Street Tour – Sat 16 July - 11am

Sat July 16th @ 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 16 July - 1.30p

Sat July 16th @ 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..

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.