- What We Do -

We are architects and we want to share our city with you.

We organise intimate walking and bicycle tours that are open to the general public. We also arrange private architectural tours and itineraries on request.
Taking the form of a series of urban provocations, our conversations are straightforward and jargon-free exercises in story telling. Aimed at the expert-enthusiast, we want you to understand the 'why' of the city whilst exploring the most provocative and daring projects Sydney houses; works of architecture, public art and landscape that inspire and delight but also projects that reveal something of Sydney's grimy pulse. We are interested in ideas and in the drivers of city; thevibrant network of invisible forces - political, cultural, economic and environmental that give the city form.
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 1 - The City: Sydney
SAW1 The City: Sydney
The city examined - with a focus on three wonderful contemporary projects including Renzo Piano's Aurora Place.
SAW 2 - Utzon
SAW2 Utzon and the Sydney Opera House
A Jørn Utzon tour de force - Sydney Opera House examined through the lens of its author.
SAW 3 - Harbourings
SAW 3 Harbourings
Exploring Sydney's gritty, formerly-industrial western edge.
SAW 4 - Art, Place & Landscape
SAW 4 Art Place Landscape
Examining the city through its evolving attitude to its public domain.
SAW 5 - Modern Sydney
Modernity and the city.
2015 Sydney Architecture Festival
We are doing two special tours for the 2015 Sydney Architecture Festival on Sunday 4th October. See SAW dates
- SAW Bicycle Tours -
3.5 hours duration. From $80/person. Small groups.
Bring your own bike or use one of ours.
SAW Bikes 01- Three-Suburbs South
SAW Bike Tour 01
The suburbs immediately south and west of Sydney like Surry Hills, Redfern and Chippendale were once a cultural no-mans land but today are the centre of the city's thriving contemporary art, architecture and design scenes.
SAW Bikes 02- Three-Suburbs Central
SAW Bike Tour 02
Exploring the stretch of land between Darling Harbour and Central Station where some of the world's biggest and best architects are flexing some serious muscle; Gehry, Nouvel, Foster, Koolhaas...
- Custom Tours -
Custom, Group & Private Tours
Customised SAW Tours
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 Custom Tours are for you.

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Newsletter #11 - Spring 2015

Eoghan Lewis Architects
Presentation by SAW founder Eoghan Lewis on the work of his practice ELA | Wednesday 7 October 2015 | 6.30pm start, Herb Greedy Hall, Marrickville | book here

The Guardian's 10 best Architectural tours (in the world!)
Along with tours from colleagues GA Bilbao, we were so happy to feature on The Guardians list of their 10 favourite architectural tours in the world
SAW tours are available as Gift Vouchers here

"The bike tour is really loose and fun – perhaps a little bit dangerous. Not the route but the conversation! A really surprising side of the city is revealed as we focus on the inner-city suburbs that are undergoing the most rapid gentrification. They are in flux and the tension is palpable. Even locals that live and work in this part of Sydney are surprised by the projects we unearth. It's fab!"
Interview in Timeout-Sydney
"We always look for architecture tours when we are travelling because to understand the architecture you need to understand so much about the place: politics and planning laws, landscape, culture, purpose, philosophy and inspiration so you traverse history and project into the decisions of the present day and into the future. They succeed brilliantly."
tripadvisor review. March 2015
"...a brilliant guide whose passion for the historical, cultural, social, political, economic & environmental context that is Sydney Habour today was breathtaking for this traveller!"
tripadvisor review. January 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. January 2015
Sydney Architecture Walks
Urban-tours for aesthetes, city-lovers and for locals who love familiar terrain from a different point of view.