Architects thinking locally acting globally.

About the Summer School

It has been called the 'Total Immersion' Summer School because, for a week, you live, eat, sleep, walk, talk, architecture in the superb landscape of the Kur-ing-gai National Park overlooking beautiful Pittwater north of Sydney, where both 'masters' Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury live and work, and 'round the corner' from the Hawkesbury River, which we visit on a ferry cruise, and the boat only access to the home of Lindsay Johnston. 
Held since 2005, the annual event has attracted hundreds of architecture students and recent graduates from all over Australia and New Zealand, PNG, South Africa and as far afield as Bangladesh, China, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Argentina, India.
Get away from the computer and the lecture room and get out and experience the landscape, learn to see again with the eye and the hand-drawing and be inspired by these architects and great teachers, visit some of their extraordinary houses and the offices of Peter Stutchbury in Newport.
What we hear is that this week is an essential antidote to architecture school or 'work', and can re-invigorate your passion for architecture.
2018 will be the fourteenth residential architecture studio program for senior architecture students and recent graduates.
The value the students derive from attending your program is unquestioned and they're almost incoherent with enthusiasm when they come back. You get our support because the job of education is just that - to provide opportunities for people to get enthusiastic about architecture.

- Head of a leading Australasian School of Architecture 2010


Richard Leplastrier is now highly regarded internationally (by those who know) and is an outstanding teacher and 'guru'. He is a Gold Medallist of the Australian Institute of Architects, and received the Finnish 2004 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award for his outstanding small wooden buildings, which has also been won by Renzo Piano, Kengo Kuma, Peter Zumthor and José Cruz Ovalle. He also received the 2009 Dreyer Foundation Award in Denmark made to an architect "who has made an outstanding contribution to architectural thinking and to society", and he was made a 2009 Honorary Fellow of the US AIA. He was made an Honorary International Fellow of the RIBA in 2015. He worked with Kenzo Tange in Japan and with Jørn Utzon at the time of the Sydney Opera House. He is close friend and contemporary of Glenn Murcutt.

Peter Stutchbury a protégé of Richard, has been awarded the 2015 Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects.  He has been a winner of numerous Australian Institute of Architects Awards and published internationally in GA Houses, Abitare, etc.. He won the 2008 International Living Steel Competition for extreme housing in Cherepovets in Russia, published in the book 'Houses of Steel', has held the Catedra (Chair) Luis Barragán in Mexico, was a guest tutor at the 2010 and 2011 Ghost Studios in Nova Scotia and has recently completed a house in Japan for the famous fashion designer Issey Miyake. He was made an Honorary International Fellow of the RIBA in 2016.

Lindsay Johnston, emigrated from Ireland to Australia in 1986 and became Head of the Architecture School and Dean of Faculty at the University of Newcastle. He has been a recipient of architecture awards in Ireland and Australia, including his 'autonomous' Four Horizons house and tourist lodges, which have been published internationally. He was recipient of the 2002 RAIA National (now Neville Quarry) Education Award. He now runs the Architecture Foundation Australia.

Program Details

(preliminary outline - subject to detailed change)


Architecture Student Summer School
   SUN 11 – SAT 17 February 2018

Sunday 11 February. Assemble at coach pick-up at Central Station, Sydney at 12.00noon (exact location to be confirmed). Coach to Church Point Wharf. Ferry to Pittwater YHA including scenic tour of Pittwater. Settling in and introductions.

Monday 12 February. Introductory talks by Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury. Walking visit to selected project site. Site analysis. Set up studio groups. Evening talk after supper – Richard Le3lastrier?

Tuesday 13 February. Group working site and brief analysis. Tutorial discussions with Richard, Peter and Lindsay Johnston. Evening talk after supper – Peter Stutchbury?

Wednesday 14 February. Crits on site and brief analysis. Talk on undertaking design conceptualisation. Studio activity continues. Perhaps a walk to Richard Leplastrier’s home at Lovett Bay. Evening talk after supper – guest?

Thursday 15 February. Design, design –studio activity and tutorial review – heading for a design proposal. Supper on the run and working late to prepare a design submission.

Friday 16 February. Design presentations. Critique and generous comment by tutors and additional guest(s). BBQ evening – relax and reflect.

Saturday 17 February. Pack-up. Ferry to Church Point. Coach pick-up and visit to selected house by Peter Stutchbury and visit to Stutchbury offices at Newport Beach. Farewells and coach return to Central Sydney arrive about 6.00pm.

About Us

The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, the chair of which is Australia’s most internationally regarded architect, Glenn Murcutt. The foundation has been running Master Classes for professional architects and architecture students since 2001. Nearly 1000 people, young and old, have participated in our programs from over 80 nations around the world.

The centrepiece program is the annual two-week Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class that has been held at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Centre ‘Riversdale’. Other professional Master Classes have been held in New Zealand, USA, South America, South Africa and Ireland. The annual one-week Summer School for senior architecture students and recent graduates has been held each year in February at the Pittwater YHA since 2005.