The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation has announced the formal call out for the 2017 Droga Architects in Residence, a unique international architect residency program that offers architects based outside Australia a wonderful opportunity to engage with the Australian public and architecture community over a period of 12 weeks.

The 12-week program incorporates a research by design project; applicants are also expected to contribute to the Foundation’s commitment to supporting and communicating the value of architecture and design to the Australian community.

The 2015 resident program saw London-based architect Nick Wood creating new and engaging experiences for students and the public in a design project that explored the role of the awning in inner urban Sydney.

The 2016 program featured esteemed Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa as the 5th Droga resident. A former juror for the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and Emeritus Professor, Pallasmaa wrote and presented The Australian Lecture Series for his residency. Comprising of six lectures under the general title Touching the World through Architecture, the lecture series was presented to capacity audiences in national venues including the Opera House and the National Gallery of Australia.

Applications for the 2017 residencies are now being sought from prominent architects who are based outside Australia, and who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in architectural design, research and practice.

The selected architect will be accommodated in an award-winning warehouse apartment located in vibrant inner Sydney for the duration of the residency. The apartment has been generously offered to the Foundation for use as a residency by cultural philanthropists Daniel and Lyndell Droga.

Online applications for the residency are now open and will close on 30 June, 2016.