The Australian Institute of Architects – Queensland Chapter announced the 2023 Dunbar Fellowship open for submissions today, Wednesday 30 August. The Dunbar Fellowship, an initiative born from the generosity of the late Jennifer Taylor, an esteemed architect, scholar, and visionary stands as a testament to Adjunct Professor Taylor’s enduring dedication to architectural exploration and her unwavering belief in the power of cross-cultural exchange. $20,000 in funding is available for research in Asia and/or the islands of the South Pacific Ocean contribute to the advancement of architecture and its practice in Australia.
“The Dunbar Fellowship epitomizes the professions commitment to continued professional learning and architectural innovation. In the current times of rapid change, particularly in the built environment, this initiative encourages architects to embark on transformative journeys of exploration, pushing the frontiers of architectural innovation and returning to share their learnings with the profession” said Amy Degenhart, Queensland Chapter President.
The Dunbar Fellowship embodies Jennifer Taylor’s commitment to advancing architecture and its practice in Australia. Rooted in the principle of fostering cross-continental learning, the fellowship empowers recipients to undertake impactful programs of study and research in Asia and the islands of the South Pacific Ocean (excluding Australia and New Zealand).
“This fellowship equips architects with the tools they need to craft new and innovative architectural narratives and make a lasting impact in a time when this is desperately needed in Queensland.” said Amy Degenhart.
In the year before Jennifer died, she summarised the overarching vision for her architectural scholarship, teaching, and practice in an interview with Jan Howlin:
“Australia must recognize where it is in the world,” Jennifer said. “We probably have the richest mixing pot anywhere in the world. We have European heritage, Aboriginal heritage, South-East Asian heritage, and South Pacific heritage, and it seems to me that out of this should grow a wonderful and special architecture”.
The Dunbar Fellowship stands as a tribute to Jennifer Taylor’s indomitable spirit. This prestigious initiative that supports and promotes cross-continental architectural exploration and innovation. The fellowship echoes Jennifer Taylor’s vision of a harmonious architectural future, rooted in diverse heritages and global collaboration.
The 2023 Dunbar Fellowship offers recipients the opportunity to undertake a program of study and/or research in Asia and/or the islands of the South Pacific Ocean, that contribute to the advancement of architecture and its practice in Australia.
To be eligible, nominees must have completed an accredited course in architecture recognised by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, which satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect in Australia, be a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and be born in Queensland or be a resident registered on the Queensland electoral role.
Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship by submitting a comprehensive application package by visiting the application page here.
About the Australian Institute of Architects – Queensland Chapter
The Australian Institute of Architects – Queensland Chapter is a leading professional body that represents and supports the architectural community in Queensland. Through advocacy, education, and networking opportunities, the Institute aims to promote the value of architecture and ensure the highest standards in design and planning are upheld.
For more information about the 2023 Dunbar Fellowship, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit the Queensland Chapter website here.