A Special Architecture Edition of Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour and Lunch in conjunction with the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association

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Join Chippendale Creative Precinct and the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association as we explore four iconic Chippendale structures at the forefront of contemporary design. In ten years, Chippendale has transformed from an impoverished conurbation to Sydney’s Cultural Mecca. This extraordinary metamorphosis was championed by innovative minds and bold choices made by Chippendale’s internationally acclaimed architects and developers. Learn from those who worked closely with Pritzker Prize winning architects Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Sir Norman Foster to develop Sydney’s most striking new structures.

We invite alumni from the University of Sydney and their friends to learn about Frank Gehry’s first Australian building, the iconic Dr. Chau Chak Wing School of Business at UTS, with a talk by the building’s General Manager Craig Lord who witnessed the construction of this Sydney landmark. Following Craig, CHROFI’s John Choi will break down the design of the sun-soaked boardwalk and cycle-path The Goods Line and deeper into Chippendale, learn details about the construction of Central Park’s mesmerizing sculpture Halo from co-creator and artist Jenny Turpin of Turpin + Crawford.

Next up, hear from Ben Green, director of Tzannes the company responsible for the structurally stunning and environmentally exquisite Central Park Mall. To complete the tour, head Architect Tim Greer from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer will join us to deliver insight into the company’s development of every foodie’s favourite strip, Kensington Street.

Chippendale Creative Precinct is excited to collaborate with the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association for the first time on this exciting tour. Through this partnership, CCP aims to celebrate the creative spirit of Chippendale and showcase Chippendale’s world class architecture to the University of Sydney alumni network and beyond.

After the tour, indulge in famous dumplings from Taiwan’s own Din tai Fung, Central Park. We invite you to relax, eat, drink and be merry after a fascinating tour over delicate dumplings and wine amidst the greenery at the sustainable Central Park Living Mall.

Din Tai Fung, Central Park

A Lunch Invitation

After the tour, CCP and University of Sydney Alumni Association invite guests to unwind over a feast of hand-made Taiwanese dumplings and local Australian wine! Hailing from a humble food stall in the markets of Taipei, Din Tai Fung first opened its doors in 1972 and now serves well-loved dishes all over the world in Taiwan, Japan, USA, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Chippendale! Din Tai Fung’s famous delicacy was once described by world renowned chef Ken Hom as the “world’s tastiest dumpling”, catch up with other alumni after this fascinating tour and discover the heritage and art behind eating something no bigger than a mouthful!

A banquet of Din Tai Fung’s house specialities including:
Delicious pork, shrimp and vegetarian dumplings as well as pork buns, shrimp and pork wontons accompanied by hot and sour soup with shredded pork.
Main Course-
Sweet and sour pineapple chicken, green beans with minced pork and dried shrimp, beef with honey, egg fried rice with chicken fillets and a free flow of Chinese tea.
+ complimentary wine!

*Vegan/vegetarian options available
Lunch: $35 + GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

Date: Saturday, 23rd September
Tour: 11am – 1pm
Lunch: 1 – 3pm
Meeting Point: The Goods Line, in front of the entrance to the UTS Business School

Bookings essential – Explore Chippendale Gallery Walking Tours and Lunch: book your tickets here!

Dr. Chau Chak Wing School of Business at UTS

Designed by Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, the building’s remarkable exterior is the result of its two distinct facades – one composed of undulating brickwork, referencing the dignified sandstone of Sydney’s urban heritage, and the other of a glass ‘curtain wall’ that mirrors fragments of the building’s contemporary city surrounds.
Craig Lord is General Manager of the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building – now home to the UTS Business School. He has extensive experience in new business development and implementation, marketing, organisational change, performance turnaround and human resource management.

The Goods Line with Dr. Chau Chak Wing School of Business

The Goods Line, a project by ASPECT Studios with CHROFI is a shared pedestrian and cycle path that connects Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The line provides a traffic-free, accessible thoroughfare. It’s surrounded by some of Sydney’s most important cultural, educational and media institutions, such as the ABC, UTS, TAFE and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse).
John Choi is a University of Sydney alumnus and founding partner of CHROFI. The practice is internationally recognised for their competition winning design of TKTS booth at the centre of Times Square in New York. John is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at University of Sydney, member of Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel and serves on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Halo, Central Park

Jennifer Turpin on HALO
Jennifer Turpin leads the award winning public art practice, Turpin + Crawford Studio, with fellow artist, Michaelie Crawford. Their work focuses on the design and production of site-specific artworks in the public domain, creating pieces at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment. They have participated in multidisciplinary design teams and have worked collaboratively on projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Singapore.
In 2012, Turpin + Crawford designed and created HALO at Central Park – a wind activated kinetic sculpture. Turning and tilting with the energy of the wind, Halo hovers in finely tuned counterbalance. The structure consists of a giant, glistening tapered yellow ring measuring 12 metres in diameter attached to a 6 metre long silver arm.

Central Park from Central Park Green

Ben Green on Central Park
Ben Green has been a director of Tzannes since 2013. Ben was instrumental in the company’s development and research for Central Park, Alec Tzannes describes the company’s involvement in the project as “an opportunity to blend new and old architecture – a brief from heaven..” For Tzannes, Ben leads on the research, integration and development of the practices CAD systems and its technologies for visual communication.

Kensington Street during the BEAMS Festival

16 heritage listed terrace houses that were homes of brewery managers in the past have been converted by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects for Greencliff into this iconic Sydney street that houses several restaurants, a hawker style area, salons, shops, bars and hotels. Tim Greer, founder of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer has an interest in existing urban fabric and the cultural elements it embodies, treating each project as an individual opportunity to create fresh contemporary forms. His extensive experience includes the fields of theatre design, retail, acoustic control, restaurants, housing, industrial design and institutional building.Recent multi-award winning projects under Tim’s directorship include Carriageworks at Eveleigh: Contemporary Performing Arts Centre; Scots Church Redevelopment Apartment Building known as ‘Portico’; The Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Cloudy Bay Shack and The Glasshouse Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre.

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a not for profit organization that curates key cultural experiences in Chippendale, the creative heart of Sydney. Through the Explore Chippendale: Architecture Walking Tour we hope to bring together the minds of Sydney’s leading designers, engineers and architects behind Chippendale’s structural rejuvenation.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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About the tour

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a non- profit organisation that aims to celebrate and develop the lifestyle and culture of Chippendale. The Historical Walking Tour is a six-weekly initiative that demonstrates our passion for Chippendale’s chequered history and the CCP’s commitment to transforming the precinct into a thriving cultural destination.


I very much enjoyed the lovely lunch at Holy Duck which was a nice ice-breaker chatting with others before the Historic Tour began. It was a great day & I enjoyed it immensely & learnt so much too. Mostly I found fascinating the depth of knowledge that Professor Hoskins had about Chippendale & the surrounding area. While it was a large number on tour he constantly kept us engaged with interesting historic facts & curious asides about various local identities from the past. He kept me enthralled with his vast knowledge & enthusiasm on the subject matter. Also his special interest in all the types of architecture & explanations to the many questions put to him was so illuminating, I especially love the architecture too & using it in my Art Practice so that was grand!

-Helen Hukins, July 2017

The tour was great, I really enjoyed the historical detail and the passion that Ian obviously has for Sydney and its history. I learned a lot of interesting details about the area even though I have lived in Sydney all my life. I found the tour really interesting and worthwhile.

I would definitely be interested in other history tours

– Terri Burnett, August 2016

I did enjoy tremendously the walking tour on Saturday, I will never look at bricks in quite the same way. I was most interested in the Brewery and have been reading about it since, and yes I would be more than happy to do another walk. Thanking you I enjoyed it all.

– Di Bowyer, August 2016


Tour Details


Date: Saturday,  23 September

Time: 11am – 1 pm


Meeting Point: The Goods Line, outside the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building


Restaurant: Din Tai Fung

Date: Saturday,  September 26

Time: 1- 3pm

Price: $35+ GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

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