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What Makes a Building Truly Great? Sydney Architecture Festival announces dates and theme for 2018

BY Articulate | 02-Aug-2018
The Architects Registration Board of NSW proudly announces the theme of this year's Sydney Architecture Festival as: 'What makes a building truly great?'
Sydney Opera House (c) Hamilton Lund courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust
Tim Horton, NSW Architects Registrar and Director of the Sydney Architecture Festival, says: “2018 is a supernova for milestones in Australian architecture. With major anniversaries for the Sydney Opera House and Australia’s Parliament House coinciding with plans for their future, the 12th Sydney Architecture Festival looks at our opportunity to preserve, protect and renew the enduring legacy of these modern monuments for future generations.”

Events unfold over four days from Friday 28 September to Monday 1 October. The festival presents a program of talks, tours and exhibits throughout the weekend of Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, and is bookended by The Architecture Symposium on Friday 28 September and World Architecture Day on Monday 1 October.

Full program details and the internationally renowned orator for World Architecture Day will follow soon.


We aim to bring architecture and design out of the boardrooms and studios to those who experience it first hand. We want to promote a better understanding of architecture across the community but we know this is best done with friends. That’s why we aim to work with partners and reach out to new networks who share our passion for architecture as a field that shapes the world around us.

As well as presenting the Festival each year, the NSW Architects Registration Board also promotes an understanding of architecture in the community by funding research, hosting talks and forums and partnering with organisations on projects relevant to increasing the public's understanding of architectural issues.

The Board's key role is to protect consumers of architectural services by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, accrediting architectural qualifications and providing information to government.