About The Festival

The Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) is an event that celebrates and promotes the future of architecture and design in South Australia locally, nationally and internationally.


The Festival held biennially in October presents a fun, engaging and informative program of architecture and design talks, forums, exhibitions, performing arts, children’s activities, guided walking tours and the SPACE: Tours through Architecture program.


The SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects inaugural Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) was in October 2014 with a program of twelve (12) events across five (5) days attracting over 1,200 attendees. The Creative Directors for 2014 were Dino Vrynios, Anthony Balsamo with Leah Salamon joining the team for the 2015 Festival.

In 2015, the Australian Institute of Architects welcomed new Festival Presenting Partners, the Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, which together represented South Australia’s creative community of architects, landscape architects, and designers including interior, fashion, furniture, industrial, graphic design and visual communication.

The program increased to over 40 events held in October 2015, exploring the theme of ‘Life on the Edge’. The Festival events attracted over 4,500 attendees and a social media reach of 88,350.

FAD will be presented every two years.




The Institute is a national body consisting of over 11,000 members across Australia and overseas.

It exists to:

  • advance the interests of members, their professional standards and contemporary practice, and
  • expand and advocate the value of architects and architecture to the sustainable growth of our community, economy and culture.

Over recent years, the Institute has evolved into a dynamic and progressive national organisation with active programs in many states relating to the architectural profession. The FAD structure provides an opportunity for the Institute to facilitate valuable exchanges between local and international creative bodies, between speakers and delegates; between practice, industry, education and authorities; and between Australia and the world. FAD is funded by the Institute with partners and is managed by the Institute’s South Australian Events Unit, under the direction of the SA Executive Director and the FAD Advisory Group.

FAD as part of OPEN STATE

In 2016 FAD partnered with Open State and over ten days showcased an incredible line up of local and international speakers across more than 60 events. Attendances were estimated at over 25,000.

Increasing the volume and type of avenues new partnerships has resulted in a significant increase in exposure of the Festival brand establishing a media partnership with The Adelaide Review connected FAD with the most engaged audience in architecture and design and has been beneficial to increasing the exposure of the Festival brand and attendance at events.

Daily activity on social media driven by the SA Chapter platforms significantly increased the Festival’s reach by 42.6%. There was huge interest from local and national media in the promotion of the Festival, targeted events and requests for advertising.


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With a focus on the future, Open State connects leading national and international expertise with SA business and community organisations to find new ways to solve the challenges of today. Open State reinforces South Australia as a place open to new ideas, new people, new technologies and fosters innovation and collaboration.


The Australian Institute of Architects has been invited to curate the FUTURE CITIES theme this year so we are moving FAD into a new home on the 6th and 7th October, the OPEN STATE hub will see FUTURE CITIES events, all led by our intrepid TREMMA creative team.

A city’s character can be seen through the way it fosters social exchange. This exchange may occur between inhabitants, in face-to-face interactions, or between people and the city itself. Predominantly this occurs in public and semi-public spaces.
How will Adelaide progress in line with technological advances, whilst retaining and reinforcing the interactions between the people who inhabit it? Future Cities asks how will we get there, what will it look like when we do and how is this transition shaped by the interaction of people, design and technology.

Tremma Creative team

M. Samee Sultani, Tom Robinson, Anastase Paraskevopoulos, Philip Tridente, Edward Meyers


Tremma is a group of designers, working in Adelaide who came together in 2010, whilst studying at the University of South Australia. Each coming from diverse backgrounds and upbringings, we collaborated in studio through discussion in design and critical thinking. After graduating, we all began working at firms throughout Adelaide with different architectural focusses. The work of these practices ranges in scales and typologies from small residential to large commercial, institutional and educational, from interiors to large urban and landscape works.

The team from left to right: