Alastair Swayn Foundation offers research grants

The Alastair Swayn Foundation has launched its 2020 grants program, which aims to support research in architecture and design.

The grants program is divided into two streams. The $2,000 research grants are awarded to individuals, groups and organizations to conduct research that aligns with the foundation’s guiding principles of excellence, innovation, collaboration, progress, and leadership.

Meanwhile the $5,000 strategic grants are designed to support research on critical challenges facing Australian architecture and design, including sustainability and bushfire resilient design, housing (public, private, multi-residential), and workplace design.

Applications for the research grants will close on 8 June 2020 and strategic grant applications close on 1 June. Successful applicants will be announced on 15 June.

“The foundation accepts grants applications from design professionals and associated industries, which emphasize research, promote education, demonstrate vision and innovation, and which have potential for further development and long-term outcomes,” the foundation says. “Priority areas for funding focus on new projects addressing housing, workplace and product design in Australia.”

Alastair Swayn, who died in 2016, was a Canberra architect and a director of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn. He was appointed inaugural ACT government architect in 2010. According to the foundation, “Alastair was committed to shaping the future of architecture and design through advancing research and education. The Alastair Swayn Foundation continues Alastair’s legacy, supporting and nurturing the Australian architectural and design community through our grants program.”

In 2019, the foundation collaborated with the National Museum of Australia and the Swayn Gallery of Design to establish the Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design, a curatorial position for an Australian design program at the museum over two years. Landscape architect Adrienne Erickson was appointed to the position.

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