If you have a large group, special request or particular interest then a Group Tour is for you.
Our aim is to immerse you in the design culture of Sydney and share with you the city’s most inspiring and provocative contemporary architectural, art and landscape projects. Let us know what you have in mind and we will craft an unforgettable experience.
Tours are professionally organised and delivered in an informal, conversational, and light-hearted manner by a local architect. We don’t take ourselves too seriously! We pride ourselves on communicating clearly and directly. Conversations are lively and our language is inclusive and pitched to the level of our audience.
Our guides are not really guides at all – they are experts in their field but they are also passionate and engaged locals who have a nose for the special things that Sydney offers, be it unusual bars, café’s and restaurants or galleries, unusual shops, amazing interiors or buzzy streets. We’re pretty damn fond of Sydney’s beaches too!
How we draw up your Program
Based on your group size, preferred time, specific area of interest as well as your group’s level of design experience we sketch up a tour itinerary that suits your needs. Tours are generally built around one of our standard tours, with meeting points, coffee breaks (very important), food stops and end points considered to ensure the experience is as enjoyable, inspiring and informative as possible. With larger groups we employ a state-of-the-art wireless communication system at a small additional per-person cost.
We have grown organically since 2000 and done so independent of any government or corporate assistance so our conversations are, by necessity, sharp!
SAW is a member of the Guiding Architects Network, a group of over 40 cities around the world offering guided tours led by architects. This relationship allows us to draw on the resources and experience of our colleagues in other cities.
We conduct tours throughout the year for university groups, study abroad programs, architectural offices, design, engineering and planning professionals, incentive and team-building groups, high school, primary school, individuals and social groups. We have conducted tours for groups as small as one and as large as 140 – but groups of between 10 and 30 people is most common.
From December 2nd 2020, NSW government restrictions allow us to conduct outdoor tours for groups of up to 50 people.
Currently, we’re checking temperatures of all guests prior to the tour. Face masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
Group Tour Suggestions
Group tours can also be built on one or more of any of our standard tours with the content and conversation adjusted to your requirements. The SAW1 The City, Sydney tour is our foundation tour and tends to be the base for the majority of our group tours. We can suggest wonderful places for coffee breaks and combine tours with wine and cheese.
The following tours we only conduct on demand so they don’t appear in our public program.
Get in touch to refine the details.