RBA has a long-standing relationship with the Australian Club, having been appointed Club Architect in 1997. We have regularly provided architectural services and heritage management advice in relation to both the Club premises and the adjacent Scottish House (also heritage-listed) since then.

Our ongoing involvement with these significant heritage sites has proven to be of immense value to the owners. By developing a depth of familiarity with a place, we are able to become, in a sense, embedded in its cultural values – a position that enables us to best guide and effectively manage its evolution and address its particular cultural sensitivities and sustainability challenges.

Examples of projects RBA has undertaken for The Australian Club include:


Adaptation of the former President's Dining Room to a contemporary art gallery space, including contemporary interior design, state of the art lighting and air conditioning. This project successfully effected a dramatic intervention to the sensitive historic interior without compromising its heritage values. The room now hosts rotating temporary exhibitions.


Conservation Management Plan – Scottish House.


Refurbishment of the Main Dining Room including substantial upgrade of the adjoining principal kitchen and restoration works to the spectacular centrally located glazed dome.


Master Plan incorporating a vision to modernise the culture of the place to give it an economic sustainability.


Refurbishment of the grand central staircase.


Conservation Management Plan – The Australian Club.

1997 – present

New decorative interior schemes to the Ellis Rowan, Fred Niall, Gurners Lane, Long, Strangers, Main Dining and Billiard Rooms.