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Nick Wood, Founder and Director of How About Studio, and the Australian Institute of Architects’ latest Droga Architect in Residence, has arrived in Australia to commence his three-month residency.
According to the jury chaired by Brit Andresen that selected Wood for the program, ‘Nick’s proposal to look at the Sydney awning ties a practice based approach to research into an identifiable Sydney urban element, and invites a reconsideration of policy and discussion relevant to projects such as the Sydney Light Rail corridor and Parramatta Road upgrade.
‘The Nick Wood project for the public realm will find a good level of interest from ‘build’ architects, architecture students and installation artists as well as from local authorities that focus on streetscape quality and community engagement.’
As part of his residency, Wood will present a range of talks, lectures and workshops around the country, and will also participate in a research project focusing on the role of the awning in inner urban environments.
Having worked with large cultural institutions and international arts festivals, Wood has created a diverse portfolio of high quality interventions. Wood teaches at Brighton University and has also been a visiting critic at a number of London schools.
Wood will present a lecture and workshop in Adelaide for the Festival of Architecture and Design on 8-9 October where he will explore the existing relationship and potential futures between Adelaide’s CBD and outer districts.
On Friday 16 October, Wood will join award-winning practice, Sibling Architects at a free event to discuss overlapping themes in their work supported by carefully selected reference material at the new MPavilion in Melbourne.
Wood will be documenting his residency and research project on his blog, The Awning Project, at theawningproject.tumblr.com.
The Droga Architect in Residence program invites international architects to participate in a three-month residency to encourage the exploration of new approaches, exchange of ideas, international collaboration and cross-fertilisation. The inaugural program of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, and the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Residency is named after cultural philanthropist and supporter of the Institute, Daniel Droga, who generously gifted his award-winning Droga Apartment in Surry Hills for use as an architect residency.