“Architecture has the capacity for direct and positive impact on the future of our cities and spaces and should be nurtured through philanthropy, as are other arts sectors.” —Edmund Capon, AIA Foundation chairman
The AIA Foundation (an Australian Institute of Architects initiative) is a not-for-profit national body nurturing art and creativity for architecture. Launched in 2014, the Foundation promotes Australian building design worldwide while benefiting the Australian community at large. Through philanthropic support and international collaborations, it works to foster new talent—which is why it launched the Droga Architect in Residence program. Unique to Australia, the residency is awarded by a jury to architects based outside Australia who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in architectural design, research and practice. AIA’s current Droga Architect in Residence is Nick Wood, founder and director of London-based design practice How About Studio.