December 2020

Tried and tested traditional design and trades skills have responded to local cultural and climatic conditions for thousands of years, producing buildings and urban landscapes that are sustainable, durable, and foster local character and regional diversity.

Despite this, outside of heritage conservation, many of the skills and knowledge required to design and build within these traditions have become separated from the main current of design thinking.

In June 2021, the University of Queensland School of Architecture and the Prince’s Trust Australia will partner to deliver the Enduring Design Masterclass, a winter intensive course that will provide Built Environment students, apprentices and professionals with a practical understanding of the sustainable practice of traditional building knowledge.

School of Architecture Dean and Head Professor Cameron Bruhn said the Enduring Design Masterclass aimed to expose participants to traditional Australian knowledge around sustainability, design and building.

“The classes will focus on traditional design theory, natural materials, trades and cross-cultural experiences, ranging from timber-framing and stonemasonry skills through to indigenous perspectives and enduring design philosophies” Professor Bruhn said.

Professor Bruhn said the Masterclass was the first of its kind in Australia, reconnecting participants with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time.

“Teaching traditional and local design principles to the next generation is critical to creating the climate-sensitive cities of the future” Professor Bruhn said.

UQ will deliver the program in June 2021 in partnership with the Prince’s Trust Australia and the Australian chapter of the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU).

The program draws from the University of Queensland’s highly regarded expertise in Indigenous architecture, and the Prince’s Trust Australia and INTBAU’s extensive knowledge in traditional design and trades skills from across the globe.

Justin Hewitt, Executive Director and Director of Sustainable Communities at Prince’s Trust Australia stated that

“The Enduring Design Masterclass is a unique course in Australia which will equip participants with a strong, hands-on grounding in the diverse traditional building cultures of Australia, and reconnect them with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time to create valuable and sustainable stores of knowledge for how to build well, both for today and for all times”.

The Enduring Design Masterclass will run in June 2021 in Brisbane, with specific dates to be announced in early 2021, save the date!

Learn more about Prince’s Trust Australia and the University of Queensland.

Dates for the Masterclass will be announced in early 2021.

Media: Professor Cameron Bruhn,  c.bruhn@uq.edu.au, +61 7 336 53843, Justin Hewitt, justin.hewitt@princes-trust.org.au, +61 3 867 29133,  UQ Communications, Genevieve Worrell, g.worrell@uq.edu.au, +61 408 432 213.


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December 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Forktree Project to support positive action against climate change through education.

The Forktree Project aims to help combat the twin threats of biodiversity loss and climate change by rewilding a former pastoral property in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, creating valuable habitat for native flora and fauna, as well as sequestering tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 over the life of the project.

Inspired by the work and values of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Prince’s Trust Australia is a national charity committed to supporting the development of young people and helping communities create a sustainable future for all Australians.

The Forktree Project and Prince’s Trust Australia will work together to develop education programs for young people and the broader community about the importance of environmental stewardship, both through the provision of formal educational content as well as the modelling of sustainable practices.

Tim Jarvis AM, environmental scientist and Founder of the Forktree Project remarks:

“Projects like Forktree that return land back to nature are critical, given the high rates of species loss we are experiencing in Australia and the fact that we live in the most climate-exposed developed country in the world. There’s never been a more important time”.

Justin Hewitt, Executive Director and Director of Sustainable Communities at Prince’s Trust Australia says:

“Prince’s Trust Australia is proud to be working with acclaimed environmental scientist Tim Jarvis AM to support the Forktree Project by providing young people and communities with the knowledge they need to help create a more sustainable future”.

Prince’s Trust Australia and the Forktree Project will work together from 2021.

For more information about the Forktree Project visit: https://www.theforktreeproject.com. For more information about Prince’s Trust Australia please visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Elizabeth Blumer, Education Director, the Forktree Project:

Email: liz@timjarvis.org

Or Justin Hewitt, Executive Director, Prince’s Trust Australia:

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

The Prince's Quarter Glebe

The Prince's Quarter Glebe

A Sydney first is coming to life

Sustainability and consultation are at the centre of all Prince’s Trust Australia building projects and we are delighted to announce that in July 2020, the City of Sydney Council endorsed the Planning Proposal submitted by NSW Government, Land and Housing Corporation for The Prince’s Quarter development project in Glebe, a collaboration with Prince’s Trust Australia.

Australian cities are facing unprecedented levels of population growth and the need to build more housing. At the same time, new sustainable ways of building and living need to be explored for our sakes and for the wellbeing of the planet.

The Prince’s Quarter in Glebe is a deliberate response to the need for more higher and quality social and market housing in Glebe, and is designed in a way that builds upon the historic identity of this beautiful part of Sydney. This building project aims to show how we can do density well, which is a major goal for the City of Sydney in the face of these pressures.

Community and stakeholder consultation has helped guide design development and this will continue throughout the planning approval process. Social housing unit numbers will increase from 19 to 35 and an additional 39 new market homes will be built, creating a healthy mixed-use community for this part of Glebe. Our goal at The Prince’s Trust Australia is to share with the site’s owner - the NSW Land and Housing Corporation - the expertise that has been built up over decades of work by The Prince’s Foundation and The Duchy of Cornwall projects in the UK at Poundbury and Nansledan.

This is a truly exciting time for Prince’s Trust Australia as our Sustainable Communities team works on its first Sydney project and first mid-rise development. The Prince’s Quarter, the work of architects Johnson Pilton Walker, sits on the intersection between the historic terraces of Glebe and the warehouses of Ultimo and the design deliberately reflects and celebrates the unique heritage of the area. The result will be the transformation of a 1,800 square metre site into a showcase sustainable and mixed-income housing project, consisting of 74 dwellings across two eight-storey brick “woolstore” style apartments and five Glebe-inspired terrace houses.

The world over communities flourish when an inclusive mix of housing is built with a respect for local identity, sustainably developed and with nature brought into the heart of new placemaking. The Prince’s Quarter’s crowning glory will be a community urban farming initiative on the roof and we hope the project will be a useful contribution to the conversation we all need to have in Australia about adding density to our cities whilst improving upon communities quality of life and enabling them to flourish as a result.

The new development demonstrates the NSW Governments ‘Local Character and Place Guidelines’ and ‘Better Placed’ design policy in action and will achieve a high standard in sustainability through careful design and material selection as well as additional green space through shared residential rooftop urban gardens. Prince’s Trust Australia will also work closely with NSW Land and Housing Corporation to consider work experience opportunities for young people during construction.

Watch this space….

The Prince's Terrace Adelaide

Prince's Terrace Adelaide
Prince's Terrace Adelaide
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The Prince’s Terraces Adelaide was a development project delivered in partnership with Defence Housing Australia, Renewal SA and Prince’s Trust Australia. Located in the suburb of Bowden, the development was completed in December 2017 and consists of 8 terraces and 4 mews apartments. The design draws on the heritage of local context, helping to maintain and build a sense of place and identity.

It was the first residential project in Australia to be awarded 6 Green Stars ‘As Built’ in its category by the Green Building Council of Australia. Its carbon footprint is reduced by more than 50 per cent when compared to a standard house and is predicted to use 50 per cent less energy and potable water than a typical urban townhouse. The Mews apartments to the rear were also constructed of recycled bricks.

To add to these qualities, The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide is now home to 12 Australian Defence Force families and has so far been the winner of seven design and sustainability awards, including:

  • Excellence in Sustainability Award 2018 - The Urban Developer Awards
  • Townhouse/Villa Development of the Year - 2018 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards
  • Townhouse/Villa Development of the Year - 2018 HIA-CSR South Australian Housing Awards
  • Green Building of the Year - 2018 Architecture and Design Sustainability Awards
  • Multiple Dwelling - 2018 Architecture and Design Sustainability Awards
  • Environment Excellence - 2018 UDIA South Australia Awards for Excellence
  • Small-Scale Development (Residential) - 2018 UDIA South Australia Awards for Excellence

INTBAU Australia

INTBAU Australia

Working closely alongside the Prince’s Trust Australia in the delivery of educational engagements, research and training programs, INTBAU Australia is the Australian chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, which seeks to research, educate, and engage people on the value and relevance of traditional architecture and urban design in creating sustainable communities.

Australia has a unique and diverse architectural and building tradition that is both adapted to its climatic conditions and centrally important to the character and identity of our communities. Through working with INTBAU Australia, the Prince’s Trust Australia is preserving and continuing this sustainable legacy through training, education and thought leadership.

INTBAU is a unique resource for global knowledge of traditional architecture and urban design, whose network consists of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study, or simply enjoy traditional buildings and places.

If you are interested in joining a network dedicated to traditional building, architecture or urbanism in Australia, membership is free! Join here.

Australian Prince's Foundation Summer School Bursaries

Alexander Dowthwaite

In collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation, The Prince’s Trust Australia recently awarded two bursaries for Australian participants to attend The Prince’s Foundation Summer school held in London and Dumfries House, Scotland.

The Summer School is a unique program that enables students to develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building, conservation and sustainability, and is among the few international institutions dedicated to teaching such knowledge.

Alexander Dowthwaite was one of the Australian bursary recipients and you can read his story here.

Interested in a Summer School bursary? Apply here.

Tradition plays an important role in developing and maintaining local character

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Local character plays a critical role in the way we develop our built environment, manage our heritage and shape our communities. Local character also influences our experience of a place. It creates place identity and familiarity but also diversity between our neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Prince’s Trust Australia’s Director for Sustainable Communities, Justin Hewitt, recently contributed an article to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment E-Book ‘Local Character and Place Collection’, to read this and other great articles please click the link below.

Download the e-book here.