2018 Droga Residency Program – Applications



The Droga Architect in Residence Program is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, and reflects our vision of architecture as fundamental to Australian culture. It centres on our commitment to advocacy for architecture and its value to Australian society.

The Foundation invites applications from prominent architects who can share in and contribute to this vision.

The overarching goal of the residency program is to promote, support and communicate the value of architecture as design which benefits the Australian community, culture, economy and environment, now and into the future. The Residency offers an opportunity for successful candidates to engage with the local architectural community via seminars and related events, which are relevant to their oeuvre, as hosted by the Foundation for the purposes of developing or extending a project in line with our goals for the residency. It is expected that successful applicants will display a body of architectural work that emphasises a strong public and social benefit and of benefit to the Australian community.

This emphasis should be clearly communicated through their residency project submission.

Successful applicants to the Droga Residency will be accommodated in a fully furnished award-winning apartment, which has been gifted for use as a residency by cultural philanthropists Daniel and Lyndell Droga, as a cornerstone gift to the Institute’s Foundation.

Winner of the Robin Boyd Award for Housing and the Wilkinson Award in 1998, the Durbach Block designed warehouse apartment is located in a vibrant inner city area, is within walking distance of Sydney’s best restaurants, and the CBD, and public transport is highly accessible. It is also a short distance to many of Sydney’s finest art and cultural venues, including the Sydney Opera House and magnificent harbor foreshore.

It is anticipated that each residency will be for approximately 10-12 weeks.  However the timing and duration of the residency is flexible and can be discussed with the host organization.

The Residency is managed by the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and supported by fundraising initiatives including donations by individual patrons. Successful applicants will be offered accommodation, a stipend, and return flights and be responsible for their own visa and travel (including health) insurance.

The Residency will be awarded to architects based outside Australia who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in architectural design, research and practice. The program offers an exciting opportunity for professionals to engage with the Australian public and architectural community through a program that includes a defined and self-directed architectural research by design project, as well as seminars, exhibitions and events.

Applications have now closed.

If you wish to request a late submission please contact: residency@architecture.com.au  
Successful applicants will be confirmed by 30th October 2017

Role and Responsibilities

During the period of residency the selected candidate will be expected to:

  • Deliver or extend an architectural ‘research by design’ project which reflects the defined principles of their architectural design practice and which positively impacts on the development of public spaces for the benefit of Australian communities.  The Residency Committee will assist the successful applicant in selection and development of their project.
  • Deliver written and illustrated public lectures.
  • Engage  with local architects and the community via seminars, and a number of other designated events.
  • Engage with postgraduate students at local universities through workshops and seminars.
  • Deliver a public presentation of the outcomes of their residency, which may include an illustrated written report, blog or other publication, or exhibition, which will be retained for the residency archive and made publicly available.

Residency Expenses

  • Candidates awarded the Residency will receive accommodation, a return air fare to Australia, and a daily stipend.
  • Accompanying persons may be able to be accommodated in the apartment, but the resident will be responsible for additional costs associated with having a companion with them while in Sydney.

Process for Assessments – Jury

  • Jury members will be prominent in their respective disciplines and drawn from all regions of the country.
  • The jury will convene during October 2017 and interviews will be conducted by telephone/Skype.
  • The Institute will advise applicants of the outcome of their applications no later than 30 October, 2017

Selection Criteria

The primary criterion for selection is:

  • Proven excellence in an applicant’s achievements
  • Demonstrable professional experience in relation to the proposed project.
  • The quality of the proposed project as it demonstrates the ambitions and goals of the residency program.
  • The quality of the submitted application material and interview.
  • A demonstrated capacity to be creative, independent and resourceful in research and networking, to ensure project delivery and to fulfill the ambitions of the program overall.
  • Ability to contribute effectively in English – via seminars and selected events, and to mentor selected local architects.
  • Jurors will consider the quality of submitted application materials and what interviews reveal about an applicant’s past achievements and future goals.
  • The jury may select any candidate it judges to be outstanding in his or her field.

Application Process


  • Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.
  • Architecture applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the field of application, must have at least seven years of professional experience, and must be practising in the field of architecture.
  • Applicants for the residency must be based outside, not resident, in Australia.
  • Collaborative proposals from practice partnerships can be considered however one person should be the principal applicant and apply on behalf of both persons.
  • Residents may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the obligations of the residency.
  • Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they expect to hold during their proposed residency.


The proposals must be written in English.

Submission of Proposals

  • Registration for 2018 applications are now open and the closing date is 8th October 2017
  • Successful applicants will be advised by 30th October 2017
  • Registered applicants may submit questions, by e-mail to: residency@architecture.com.au

 For more information about the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, please  visit:  Foundation.architecture.com.au 

Each applicant is required to provide the following

  • Completed online application form
  • Proposal Outline (max 500 words, formatted in Word/PDF)
  • Supporting weblinks to company website, including for example writings, project plans
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

All documents should be drafted in English and submitted in PDF format.

Support Material

CV: No more than 2 x A4 pages and to include

  • Professional: qualifications, current position, organisation and current field of focus.
  • Academic: Highest academic degree obtained; date obtained; degree-granting university/college; and field of research.
  • A statement of what qualifies you for the residency.

One x A4 written proposal (PDF file) as follows

  • Outline your area of architectural expertise and identify, within this field, the scope of work for your residency focus.
  • Clearly outline your proposal for an architectural research-by-design project together with its objectives and outcomes to be achievable and completed within the 12 week residency period, and stating how it would be done.
  • Indicate how the residency project could further your architectural work and how your project relates to the stated goals of the residency.
  • A considered statement about how your project could contribute to architecture and culture building in Australia.
  • Describe ideas you have for disseminating your work while in Australia and post residency and identify your audience.

Suppport Material as follows

  • One copy of up to 2 manuscripts/publications/extracts/synopsis/essays – via weblink;
  • Up to 7 images – 300dpi JPEG format only – via weblink;
  • DVD footage no longer than 5 minutes (optional) – via weblink;
  • Two letters of recommendation. Referees providing accompanying letters should:
    • Evaluate your professional work and your standing in your field;
    • Evaluate the substance, merit, and feasibility of your proposed project;
    • Comment on your ability and willingness to contribute to the aims /goals of the Residency

Please note :  All candidates are expected to be available for contact by Jury members if requested, during late September, 2017


Applicants should provide weblinks (which may be to, for example, Personal or Practice Website, Google Drive, Flicker, Facebook) to attachments and/or portfolio of work. Items linked may include photographs, illustrations of design work, publications, research projects, videos, and should be relevant to your work and illustrate your CV.

(Work submitted should be the sole product of the applicant, or substantially the product of the applicant with the applicant’s role in the work clearly noted.)


  • If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, or have questions to submit, please contact the Program Manager by e-mail to: foundation@architecture.com.au 

For more information about the Australian Institute of Architects please visit: www.architecture.com.au

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  • Please outline proposal as specified under Support Material (Registration Page) in 500 words or less.
  • Supporting weblinks

    Applicants should provide weblinks including any or all of the following:
  • Upload file must be in DOC or PDF and must not exceed 5MB
  • Upload 2 Letters of Recommendation into one DOC or PDF file, not exceeding 5MB
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