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The road from Dalhousie Springs, SA // photo by  Dillon

The road from Dalhousie Springs, SA // photo by Dillon

Dusty and Thirsty aka Owen and Bobbie...

Owen Kelly grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW before falling off a cliff and landing in Newcastle for an architectural education. Throughout his studies he initiated student exhibitions, public design talks on rooftops and was instrumental in starting the Healthabitat Nepal Sanitation Studio. On completing his bachelor's in 2013, he was part of a trio that started a tiny student practice designing and making buildings, installations and furniture. He has worked in urban and regional Australia as well as Nepal. He believes architecture should think about place, people and buildings, in that order.

Owen currently carries out works with Healthabitat in Sydney, tutors at The University of Sydney and works on personal projects with Thirsty using The Grand Section methodologies.


Bobbie Bayley grew up in the Hunter Valley, NSW before hitching on a coal train to study Architecture at the University of Newcastle. Bobbie completed her undergraduate studies in South Carolina, USA, undertook an internship in Dallas, Texas, in 2015, followed by cultural studies in South America. Her professional experience since has stretched across community engagement and projects such as (out)fit, institutions such as Ozetecture, and is more likely to be found on a construction site than behind a computer. She was awarded the prestigious Byera Hadley scholarship in 2017 to undertake the proposed research journey, The Grand Section. After spending a year living in a 5.5m2 footprint Bobbie is interested in how much building we actually need and the potential of old tents.

Bobbie is currently completing her masters of architecture in Newcastle, NSW where in 2019 she travelled with Healthabitat and UON working on a Nepal Sanitation studio and to Germany on a scholarship from the Danish Exchange Program to partake in the IBA International Summer School. Bobbie has also been awarded the MADE 2020 scholarship by The Sydney Opera House to carry out a 6 week project in Denmark. She currently carries out works for Healthabitat and David Donald Architects in Newcastle and works on personal projects with Dusty using The Grand Section methodologies.

Awards, Articles, Interviews, Exhibitions



  • Award | Awarded the National Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture | The Australian Institute of Architects

“The Jury unanimously awards this prize to Bobbie and Owen for their initiative, creativity and tenacity, and for their commitment to the advancement of architecture through leadership, publication, education and, most particularly, community engagement and advocacy in promoting the value and importance of Australian Architecture”


  • Exhibition | Re-think, Re-look, Re-map our country | Cessnock, NSW, Regional Art Gallery


  • Speaker | ‘A quick and dirty tale of earth building along Australia's 25th latitude’ | Earth Building Association of Australia, National Conference, Nowra


(June-October National Exhibition Tour with various presentations and talks)



  • Speaker | Deerubbin Conference | Ozetecture, Milson Island

  • Speaker | ‘What’s Out There?’ Talk night | Five Mile Radius, Brisbane


  • Article | ‘Invested in Place’ | Alex Morris, Newcastle Herald



  • Invited Speaker | AIA Regional Architecture Conference | Hunter valley


  • Speaker | Practice Matters Lecture Series | University of Newcastle, NSW





  • Magazine Feature | The Grand Section, An architectural bicycle odyssey across Australia’s Girth | Issue 21, Treadlie Magazine

  • Speaker | "Agency” Australasian Student Architecture Congress | Sydney

  • Interview | "Architecture of the bush guides bike riders on Australia-wide odyssey" I ABC Radio, News online