- What We Do -
We are architects and we conduct tours of Sydney that are open to the general public.
Aimed at the expert-enthusiast, our tours explore ideas through architecture, offering an interface between in-depth architectural knowledge and the wider design-conscious community. The conversation is driven by a set of themes and ideas aimed at decoding the city whilst stimulating new ways of thinking about and seeing Sydney.
Taking the form of a series of urban provocations, each tour is a straightforward and jargon-free exercise in story telling. We want you to understand the 'why' of the city whilst exploring the most provocative and daring projects Sydney houses; works of contemporary architecture, public art and landscape that inspire and delight but also projects that reveal something of Sydney's grimy pulse. If a project is awesome we celebrate it; if it's rubbish we take note as we reveal the vibrant network of invisible forces - political, cultural, economic and environmental that give the city form.
Get SAW feet; get stung by architecture. Sydney will never look the same again. Promise!
 

- SAW Walking Tours -
2 to 3 hours duration. From $35/person. Small groups

 

- SAW Bicycle Tours -
3.5 hours duration. From $75 / person. Bring your own bike or hire one of ours. Small groups

 
- Custom Tours -
Special requests. Professional, student or social groups.
Any sized group (almost!)
SAW Customised architectural Tours of Sydney
If you have a special request, particular interest, professional angle or certain arrangments you need met - or maybe you're just really, really fussy then our Customised Architectural Tours are for you.
 

- Gift Cards -
Can be redeemed on any tour. Valid for 12 months

 
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Newsletter

Newsletter #13 - Christmas 2016

Newsletter #14 - Spring 2017

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Things People Said
The Guardian's 10 Best Architectural Tours (in the world!)
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"What you get to hear from theses passionate and knowledgeable architects is so exciting, it will open your mind! A MUST, not only for visitors!"
tripadvisor review. July 2017
"thank you for the most interesting tour of an architecture icon I have ever attended... it was your wealth of knowledge and your passion that I remember most. The storytelling and the presentation of all that Utzon intended to achieve, plus the political and financial obstacles that you illustrated so convincingly, were more than purely interesting. You told the story of a young democracy that struggled with excellence and the building process. I recommend this tour to not only architects but to all who love learning about all the layers of city making and indeed dream making"
tripadvisor review. May 2017
"The tour is amazing. The guide is very knowledgeable. We explore the area around the Central Station. We get to discover brilliant architecture and hear some interesting stories and facts behind the buildings. Highly recommended!"
tripadvisor review. May 2017
"Engaged, insightful story telling. Communicating the layered and often tumultuous history behind Sydney’s built environment was seamlessly done through series of stories that resonate well beyond the day of the tour. I left Sydney wishing I had signed up for all the tours on offer.
tripadvisor review. May 2017
"The most informative and enthralling guided tour I think I've ever been on"
tripadvisor review. 2015
"My wife is an architect. I am not. As such, I am dragged to a ton of projects, lectures and tours that I would probably otherwise ignore. To my surprise, the SAW1 tour was wonderful - engaging, interesting and varied. [the guide was] personable, knowledgeable and generous. He talks about Sydney's history and how the past has informed the buildings of the present both through building codes and aesthetic and functional design decisions."
tripadvisor review. 2016
"The discussions spanned from Sydney's beginnings to the contemporary to it's future which revealed how Sydney city and it's architecture was shaped and will continue to be shaped by it's history, geography, politics and so much more"
tripadvisor review. 2015
"Knowledgeable, insightful and passionate.
The 3 hour walking tour exploring the regeneration and transformation of the inner city suburbs was utterly absorbing. Our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, insightful and passionate. The lively and interesting discourse was geared to architects and city -conscious people alike"
tripadvisor review. 2015
"You make architecture accessible. You make architecture thought-provoking. THANK YOU!"
tripadvisor review. 2015
"So much information, expressed with eloquence and passion. A new take on the who, what and why of some major landmark buildings. Not what I was expecting; although we were walking there is nothing pedestrian about this tour!"
tripadvisor review. 2015
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