The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation, with objectives to provide educational programs, and associated exhibitions and publications, to complement the formal tertiary and professional education sectors, and to further knowledge and understanding in the field of architecture and related disciplines.
The Foundation has had, as a central activity since its establishment, the presentation of an annual two-week residential Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class held at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, south of Sydney, each July. Glenn Murcutt is Australia’s most internationally recognized architect, winner of the 2002 Pritzker Prize (considered the ‘Nobel’ Prize of Architecture), and recipient of the Gold Medal of the Australian and American Institutes of Architecture. Glenn Murcutt leads the program with other tutors Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and, Master Class Convenor, Lindsay Johnston.
The Foundation has also presented an annual one-week residential Architecture Summer School for architecture students held at Pittwater north of Sydney each year since 2005, which has been attended by over 200 students from across Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, China, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa and several European countries.
The Foundation has presented the touring exhibition ‘Glenn Murcutt – Architecture for Place’, which originated at the Gallery Ma in Tokyo in 2008, that has been shown In Australia at the Museum of Sydney, the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra, the Melbourne Museum Victoria, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum in Brisbane and the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie. This tour was supported by a substantial Federal Government grant under the ‘Visions of Australia’ program. The exhibition has been shown at Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, where it was initiated through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Commerce and Industry Office. The exhibition is now touring Europe at the prestigious Architekturzentrum in Vienna Austria, at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana Slovenia, at the International Centre for Urbanism Architecture and Landscape in Brussels Belgium and at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki.
The Foundation has recently published a monograph ‘Under the Edge – the architecture of Peter Stutchbury’ and has supported other cultural activities, through financial contribution, including, for example, publication of the book ‘My People’s Dreaming’ by Aboriginal Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, who has been a visiting ‘Master’ on many Foundation programs. Further publications are underway.
The ‘masters’ have, over many years, lectured in many countries around the world – Argentina, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay, UK and USA, often at the invitation of the active worldwide alumni network. Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury gave a major lecture in May 2011 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, organized by the Foundation.