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The Architecture Museum mounts changing displays in its dedicated display areas.

Bungalows & Beyond


Open from May 2012 - August 2012
Unley Museum - 80 Edmond Avenue - Unley

Bungalows & BeyondThis collaborative exhibition between Unley Museum and the Architecture Museum, UniSA, explores Unley Park's twentieth century architect-designed houses through drawings and photographs. Curated by Bridget Jolly, Department of Environment and Natural Resources 2010-11 South Australian Built Heritage Research Fellow at the Architecture Museum, UniSA and supported by UniSA's Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Divisional Research Performance Fund. Bookings required for groups only.

Unley Park an architectural portrait

Dr Bridget Jolly,
DENR SA Built Heritage Research Fellow 2010/11 at the Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.

Dr Bridget Jolly will introduce aspects of the history, general character and architecture of Unley Park. A focus of her illustrated presentation will be the suburb's aesthetically risky and experimental houses.

Tuesday 22 May 2012, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Building University of South Australia,
City West Campus 55 North Terrace (cnr. Fenn Place) Adelaide

RSVP: 18 May 2012 Christina Penhall

Suburban Dreams: house and home in Adelaide 1945-1965

The Timber Pavilion at the 1956 Australian Architectural Convention Exhibition held in Botanic Park Adelaide, courtesy Architecture Museum, University of South Australia
Open from July 2010 - March 2011
Migration Museum,  Kintore Avenue,  Adelaide

The 'Great Australian Dream', was the focus of an exhibition developed as a partnership by History SA and the Architecture Museum, UniSA. Co-curated by Julie Collins and Mandy Paul, Suburban Dreams: house and home in Adelaide 1945-1965 explored how the shape of Adelaide was transformed by the hopes and dreams of ordinary South Australians in the postwar period.

The dream of a home was a powerful force in the decades after the Second World War, as many South Australians made new lives, new families and new communities. In the austere 1940s housing was hard to come by, and demand was soon fuelled by the baby boom and immigration. Shortages led to new design and construction methods as people struggled to make do. By the mid-1950s hardship was giving way to prosperity, and dreams changed as people took on new ideas about houses and how to live in them.

This exhibition included original objects, architectural plans and drawings and specially-commissioned models which showed different housing styles of the period. It also featured stories about particularly South Australian approaches to providing housing, including the South Australian Home Builders' Club and the SA Housing Trust. Suburban Dreams explored the architecture and design of the postwar period, including the stylish 1950s, and looks at South Australian society in a period of rapid change.

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Architecture without Paper

 Rosey Boehm Photography

Open from 27 April 2010- 27 May 2010
Launch: 6 May 2010

In November 2009, the Spanish Embassy, Canberra, invited the UniSA Architecture Museum to host the international exhibition, 'Architecture without Paper', in 2010.  The invitation arose because of the Museum's membership of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums.  'Architecture without Paper' was first shown at the Venice Biennale 2008 and features built works as well as paperless concepts. 

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery



Reform, Fitness and Fun

Plan for a proposed Children’s playground West Terrace, Adelaide by Charles C Reade 1917, Development of Towns and Cities in South Australia, 1919, Book collection11 March - 23 April 2009

The places provided for children reflect society's attitudes towards them. Reform, Fitness and Fun is an exhibition exploring the intersection of child development and play theories with the design of public playgrounds in South Australia. It draws on historical resources and sites from across the state and overseas, and on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of child development and play specialists, historians, architects, and landscape architects.

Image: Plan for a proposed Children's playground West Terrace, Adelaide by Charles C Reade 1917, Development of Towns and Cities in South Australia, 1919, Book collection


Architectural preludes: 100 years of student drawings

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Architecture and Design Education in South Australia
26 September - 6 October 2006

This exhibition showed the Architecture Museum's holdings of student work and marked the centenary of the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design (now the School of Art, Architecture and Design).

Architectural Preludes: One Hundred Years of Student DrawingsArchitectural preludes: one hundred years of student drawing examined shifts in the theoretical approaches to design education from the days of the School of Mines through to the present. It focused on measured and design drawings influenced by Beaux-Arts, modernist and postmodernist thought as well as the broader context of the times in which they were produced.

The exhibition evolved from research undertaken by the School's PhD candidate Susan Collins for her thesis 'Traces that remain: the contextual significance of historical architectural drawings'. Drawings in the exhibition were selected from Architecture Museum collections. Collections Manager Julie Collins and Susan Collins curated the exhibition and prepared an essay for the accompanying catalogue.



'Unwrapped' exhibition imageThe inaugural major exhibition Unwrapped, an expose of the Architecture Museum's holdings, coincided with its official opening in the SASA Gallery, Kaurna Building, City West campus, on 24-27 May 2005.