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F. Gordon Wilson Fellowship for Public Housing 2024 Entries Open

Do you have a compelling research idea for Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing challenges?


The F. Gordon Wilson Fellowship for Public Housing invites architects and design professionals from Aotearoa New Zealand to explore how architecture can help address one of today’s most pressing human rights: housing. The recipient(s) will embark on a self-directed research project supported with $20,000. 

How to enter

For full entry information and criteria download the Expressions of Interest document here [PDF]. Entries must include a completed Cover Form [PDF].

Entries must be submitted to by 3pm Monday 19 August 2024.

The brief

The successful recipient(s) is expected to conduct research, with travel if deemed necessary, into a topic relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing challenges of the future. Recipient(s) will be expected to consider and explore both current solutions and forward-looking possibilities in other countries as well as Aotearoa New Zealand. Recipient(s) will also be encouraged to connect and engage with the resources and insights provided by agencies such as Kāinga Ora and Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), among others worldwide.

Fellowship projects must have a connection to public housing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For the recipient(s), this Fellowship should be an important means of exploring architecture
in a different way and engaging in self-driven enquiry.

Some questions that might be asked:

● How will public housing need to adapt, change and perform?

● What are the challenges that will define the next five years, 10 years, 20 years, 50 years?

● How might different communities want to live into the future?

● What are the expected larger economic and cultural forces?


Selection criteria

The strength of the entry proposal will be judged on:

● Clarity of purpose and research idea

● Originality

● Feasibility (time, budget, research idea)

● Consistency with the Fellowship purpose

Who can enter?

Applications for the Fellowship:

● Must be a graduate of a programme in architecture or related field, such as landscape architecture, urban design, planning, public policy, engineering and/or similar

● Can be submitted by an individual or a team (collaboration)

● Must be Aotearoa New Zealand citizens and/or permanent residents

● Must be able to be completed over no more than 12 months and must begin within six months of receipt of the award letter

Key dates

1 July: Expressions of Interest open

19 August: Deadline for submissions 

30 August: Shortlist announced

23 September: Shortlist applicants submit final proposal

15 October: Shortlist applicants present to Jury

22 November: Winner announced at the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects’ national awards, Auckland

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