Architecture Museum

The Museum’s unique collection, available to scholars and the public alike, includes architectural drawings, correspondence, photographs and architects’ personal papers. The focus is on materials produced by architects working in private practice in South Australia during the 20th century, particularly in the period circa 1910 to 1980.

The Museum’s research collection is an invaluable repository of information for researchers, architects, planners, engineers, heritage consultants and all those interested in our built history.

We invite you to explore our collection and other resources.

The Architecture Museum is a unique repository of more than 200,000 items significant to South Australia's architectural history. A research facility open to the public, the Architecture Museum is housed in a purpose-built facility at City West campus.


The Architecture Museum is managed from within the School of Art, Architecture and Design by an academic staff member appointed as part-time Director. A part-time Collections Manager is responsible for day-to-day work including addressing enquiries. The Architecture Museum has an Advisory Committee comprising members external to the University of South Australia.


In the mid 1970s, in the absence of a local repository to preserve documents related to the history and practice of architecture and related professions in South Australia, architectural historian Donald Leslie Johnson initiated a private collection.

In 1990 he donated it to the School of the Built Environment of the South Australian Institute of Technology (a predecessor institution of the University of South Australia). The acquisition included drawings, practice records, personal papers, photos, slides, books and periodicals.

Visiting the Museum

Open to the public Monday to Wednesday 10am-4pm. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Dr Julie Collins, Collections Manager
School of Art, Architecture and Design
University of South Australia
City West campus
Phone: +618 8302 9235

Dr Christine Garnaut, Museum Director
School of Art, Architecture and Design
University of South Australia
City West campus
Phone: +618 8302 0204

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The Architecture Museum holds more than 200,000 items, including approximately 20,000 drawings and a 2,000-volume library. The holdings relate to the work of private practitioners (the State Records of South Australia holds Government architects' records).

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Architects of SA

Architects of SA Database

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Publications are the outcomes of Architecture Museum projects. They are available in the Architecture Museum and in some instances via the University of South Australia catalogue.

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Recent Project

2017/18 DEWNR Sustainability and Adaptive Re-use Fellowship

Carbon Credit Schemes and State Heritage Places

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The Architecture Museum mounts changing displays both in its dedicated display areas and in galleries in Adelaide and the metropolitan area.

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icam Australasia

icam Australasia is a regional network of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (icam).

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