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F. Gordon Wilson Fellowship for Public Housing

About the Fellowship

This Fellowship seeks to promote creative design thinking, problem solving, and new ideas and approaches to significant unmet housing needs across Aotearoa New Zealand through a self-directed research and design project. The programme will also cultivate new housing leaders who can contribute to the ongoing transformation of public housing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Currently in Aotearoa New Zealand the government is investing in public housing along with the third sector (e.g., community housing associations, co-operatives) to provide housing and better outcomes for communities. This Fellowship offers an opportunity for engaged professionals to explore these challenges and opportunities to develop new ways of thinking or approaches for consideration by decision makers. It is hoped that new ways of looking at the complex relationship of design and public housing will ultimately influence the design outcomes as well as the overall wellbeing of people and communities.


Recognising a Remarkable Contribution and Legacy

F. Gordon Wilson began his public service career in 1936 as Chief Architect for the Department of Housing Construction. He was tasked by Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage and his Labour Government to help tackle the nationwide housing crisis. The architect led the design of an innovative state housing programme, which included thousands of new single duplex and multi-unit houses, as well as internationally recognised modernist apartment buildings.

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