Architects thinking locally acting globally.


Hawkesbury River - Deep and Wide Water

Milson Island, Hawkesbury River
11 – 13 March 2016

Hots and Cools - Deerubbin 2016


we had a wonderful line up of architect speakers from hot and cool climates

+ Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Aboriginal Elder of the Yuin People
+ Gabriel Poole, Queensland legend, still practising on the Sunshine Coast
+ Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard + Tranberg, leading woman architect from Denmark
+ Antoine Perrau, architect from the tropics of Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean
+ Professor Brit Andresen, UQ , Andresen + O’Gorman, Norway, Stradbroke Island 
+ Julie Stout, Mitchell + Stout, with David Mitchell, Auckland, New Zealand
+ Christine Major, Welsh and Major, with David Welsh, Chippendale, Sydney
+ Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Editor, Arkitektur N, the Norwegian architectural review
+ Peter Stutchbury, 2015 AIA Gold Medallist, becoming a legend, Newport, NSW
+ Richard Leplastrier, 1999 AIA Gold Medallist, another legend, Pittwater , NSW
+ Convener, Lindsay Johnston, Ireland, Australia, Hawkesbury River resident

This event has differentiated itself from the big impersonal architecture conferences, where participants often end up 'hanging out' with their friends, do not meet other people, and never see the guest speakers who are whisked off to VIP events.

The 'all together' residential weekend format has ensured that all participants stay together and get a chance to meet each other and the guest speakers.

The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that has, since 2001, presented the annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, now attended by participants from over 75 countries. The Foundation has also presented an annual Architecture Student Summer School since 2005, and Master Classes in the Blue Mountains, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Chile, and USA.  It has toured the exhibition ‘Glenn Murcutt – architecture for place’ in Australia and internationally to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Slovenia and the USA, and published the definitive book on architect Peter Stutchbury. 

Download Hampson Laverty Thong Review

Download Rod Simpson Review

Link to Chris Freeburn, Ironbark, Review

In 2016 we succeeded in filling the island accommodation to its 150 person capacity.



Friday 11 March

13.30 - Ferry departure Palm Beach Wharf
14.00 - Ferry pick up  Brooklyn Hawkesbury River Station
14.15 - Ferry pick up Kangaroo Point Wharf
15.00 - Arrive Milson Island
16.00 - Welcome Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison
17.30 - Drinks
18.30 - Dinner
20.00 - Lene Tranberg, Denmark

Saturday 12 March

07.00 - Explore the Island
08.00 - Breakfast
09.00 - Brit Andresen, Queensland
10.00 - Christine Major, Welsh + Major, Sydney
11.00 - Break
11.45 - Antoine Perrau, Réunion Island
13.00 - Lunch
14.00 - Julie Stout, Mitchell + Stout, New Zeland
15.00 - Break
15.30 - Gabriel Poole, Queensland
18.00 - Drinks
19.00 - Dinner

Event – Scotland Island Blues band – music and dancing?

Sunday 13 March

08.00 - Breakfast
09.30 - Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Editor, Arkitekter N, Norway
10.30 - Break
11.00 - Richard Leplastrier +Peter Stutchbury
12.45 - Lunch
14.15 - Ferry depart Milson Island
14.45 - Drop off Kangaroo Point
15.15 - Drop off Brooklyn Hawkesbury River Station
16.00 - Drop off Palm Beach Wharf

Lindsay Johnston will be convener and raconteur for the program


By Ferry all the way

  • Ferry depart Palm Beach Wharf, Friday 13.30, return Sunday 16.00.

By train Newcastle Central Coast Line (check timetable and check for track works)

  • Ferry depart Brooklyn Wharf, Hawkesbury River Station, Friday 14.00, return Sunday 15.15.
  • Friday from Sydney 12.45 train from Central Station to Hawkesbury River arrive 13.45
  • Sunday from Hawkesbury River 15.37  to Central Station Sydney arrive 16.43
  • Friday from Hamilton (Newcastle) 11.36, arrive Hawkesbury River 13.24
  • Sunday from Hawkesbury River 15.55 change at Gosford or Wyong arrive Hamilton (Newcastle) 17.48

By road Newcastle Freeway M1 (F3) or Old Pacific Highway

  • Ferry departs Kangaroo Point Ferry Wharf, Friday  14.15, returns Sunday 14.45
  • From Sydney take M1 (F3) northbound, take Mooney Mooney exit just north of Hawkesbury River bridge, go under freeway to Old Pacific Highway, then right and back south over old road bridge, then Kangaroo Point is first road on left, signposted.
  • From the north, take M1 (F3) and take Mooney Mooney exit just after the 90kph speed limit zone and go right over the old road bridge, then Kangaroo Point is first road on left, signposted.