Round One Grant Awards

5 August 2020

It is with great pleasure that the Foundation congratulates the winners of the inaugural round of the 2020 grants program. We were overwhelmed by the high-calibre of submissions. The selected projects cover a diverse range of topics which address contemporary issues facing of the Australian architecture and the design community.

Congratulations to our recipients, you can find out more below:

Alastair Swayn Research Grant

Bridget Nathan
Bridget hosts The Doyenne Interviews, a podcast that promotes the voices of women in the design community. Her research for season two will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australian design culture, producing a number of episodes that will contribute to the awareness of and attribution of these women to design culture and community.

Callum Andrews
Callum seeks to investigate, map and present how architects have intervened and aided bushfire affected communities. The research will collate information from community members and architecture professionals to establish links for more effective future intervention.

Iain Maxwell
Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Iain Maxwell seeks to examine the challenges of building towards the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) 7-star housing in Canberra.

Hugo Chan
Director of Studio HC, Hugo Chan’s research proposal addresses Australian high-density housing guidelines. Using an analytical approach, he will survey and cross-reference information from a range of local and international sources to identify ‘best practice’ criteria and approaches to develop a more holistic framework, which distills existing global trends.

Amila Badungodage
Amila’s proposal will investigate the future direction of Activity Based Workplace (ABW) in light of the impact of COVID-19 on workplace design. His research aims to create universal strategies that could facilitate medium and long-term responses against the future spread of diseases.

Strategic Grants

Angelique Edmonds
Angelique is a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of South Australia and Creative Director of the School for Creating Change. Her research aims to extend her advocacy for social sustainability through interviews with practitioners, discussing social connection, and how we structure relatedness in the context of Australian society and architectural practice.

Sibling Architecture
Sibling Architecture are a dynamic architecture practice based across Melbourne and Sydney. Their research project, titled New Agency takes the form of a public investigation, the project examines the futures of dwelling through the lens of an ageing population.
The Foundation congratulates all the grant winners for Round One of 2020. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on their research projects.

The Foundation congratulates all the grant winners for Round One of 2020. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on their research projects

The Alastair Swayn Foundation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians on the land of which we work, the Ngunnawal people of the ACT. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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