Modernist Adelaide: Stuart Symons

Walkley House (1956) Robin Boyd. Photo: Darren Bradley


Sat 25 May 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Talk commences at 1:30pm


$30 Full price / $20 Robin Boyd Foundation friends & circle and concession


290 Walsh Street, South Yarra VIC, Australia

Join Stuart Symons to discover how modernist architecture was at the heart of the physical, cultural and social transformation of postwar Adelaide. Through this engaging talk through time, Stuart will examine a diverse range of modernist buildings from Adelaide, with a focus on Robin Boyd’s only Adelaide commission, Walkley House.

In 1956, Adelaide’s architectural imagination was flying. Robin Boyd’s Walkley House, with its striking glass box design, definitely challenged its heritage surroundings in conservative North Adelaide. Bates Smart McCutcheon’s MLC Building was rising above Victoria Square as the city’s first international style high-rise. And Adelaide’s own young meteors – including Brian Claridge, Newell Platten, Keith Neighbour and John Morphett – publicly announced their challenge to orthodoxy with an exhibition of 12 temporary modernist buildings at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Sixth Australian Architectural Convention.

This event is generously supported by Konpira Maru Wines and Molly Rose Brewing.

Presented by The Robyn Boyd Foundation
The Robin Boyd Foundation is the custodian of the legacy of Robin Boyd and the iconic Walsh Street house he designed, built, and inhabited. The Foundation is renowned for its innovative design-focused house tours, programs and events that activate and increase community awareness, dialogue, understanding and participation in Australian architecture and design.

Stuart Symons  Speaker

Stuart Symons is a mid-century architecture historian, the founder of Modernist Adelaide and the author of Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s. Unique to Adelaide, Stuart’s city walking tours, house tours, exhibitions, presentations, media articles and an active online community provide broad reach to a diverse audience, raise public appreciation and debate on the retention and reuse of the city’s heritage fabric, and contribute to the economic growth of the city through heritage tourism. Stuart was awarded the City of Adelaide Prize Commendation 2021 and South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year 2019. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and Docomomo Australia.