2018 Droga Residency Program

2018 Droga Residency Program – Applications Now Open

Submission: September 18, 2017
Registration: September 18, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Exhibition
Type: Open


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.

The residents will be hosted in Sydney for a period of 10-12 weeks. The timing and duration of the residency has some flexibility and can be negotiated with the Residency Jury-Committee.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Go to the competition’s website