The German architect behind the Olympic Shooting Arena at the 2012 London Games has been announced as the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2017 Droga architect in residence.

Sharing Martin Ostermann’s residency will be Lena Kleinheinz, co-founder and director of their Berlin-based practice, Magma Architecture.

The Droga residency program is intended to promote, support and reinforce the value of architecture in Australia. The annual residency offers the successful candidate the opportunity to engage with the local architectural community via seminars and related events. They are also expected to display a body of architectural work that would be of benefit to the Australian built environment.

During their residency – which spans 24 July to 24 October 2017 – Ostermann and Kleinheinz will make appearances at a number of design workshops hosted by architecture schools around the country. The first of these will a talk held at the Institute’s Western Australian chapter office in Perth on 27 July. 

Ostermann and Kleinheinz’ design project will be on display at an exhibition in Sydney, commencing 18 October.

Entries for the 2018 Droga program are also now open, and will close on 30 September. Previous recipients include American designer and urbanist Liz Ogbu, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, and British architect Nick Wood.