We believe that architecture can be an ethical tool for social change.
“Architecture is not a static object. We must factor in issues of risk—ecological, geological, political, social—and adopt a transdisciplinary mode of designing and delivering projects. We must then seek out the multiple narratives of the impact the designs, through diverse social, health, and education projects, have on people's lives.”
“AWF has an intense focus on making a relevant, long term contribution to vulnerable communities—communities that otherwise might be neglected by more mainstream organisations. In that sense, it is a bit of a renegade organisation.”
“Part of our approach is to not actually design or build anything for the communities we work with, but to empower them. If you can provide the knowledge, tools, and resources then they can choose how these are best used. Once you’ve left and gone home, they are still self-determined and thriving. That’s the most useful role we play.”
“I'm interested in working with NGOs who don't just 'talk the talk', but 'walk the talk'. I've had first-hand experience with AWF implementing projects that make a real difference. It's great being able to partner with the talented design and construction community to move from a concept to a community facility.”
“There are many talented architects ready to step forward and provide architectural services for those communities who would otherwise be without. And they can, as I have, with AWF facilitating real opportunities to do so locally and in the Asia Pacific region.”
“AWF projects leverage the skills and experience of some of Australia’s biggest and most talented architecture, design, engineering and quantity surveying practices. It’s a privilege to work with top-flight built-environment professionals on projects that make a difference within Australia, in our region and around the world.”
“How do you create a sustainable community, in all senses of the word: socially, commercially, economically, environmentally? Our work with AWF aligns perfectly with these concerns. We can aid disadvantaged communities by helping them realise their cultural, touristic, and economic sustainability. This partnership aligns with everything we do.”—Dieter Lim, Managing Director
“At a philosophical level, I think our industry can, and really should, contribute—in fact, I think it’s undervalued in terms of the contribution it can make—to how we live, and how we interact, and to every aspect of our lives.”—Mark Loughnan, Hassell
“Good design is not meant to be a privilege, it’s something that should be accessible to all. A lot of the time it’s limited in who it gets to, so it should also be affordable. Thoughtfully designed environments really can change one’s feeling of humanity.” —Tristan Wong, Director
LCI are dedicated to providing our clients with the most environmentally responsive, sustainable designs.
"The Maningrida project sits at the heart of its community and provides a cultural keeping-place for art that represents the region’s 13 diverse community groups. The ability for our practice to be involved in projects like this provides a wealth of valuable knowledge and insight for our team into where architecture should be heading: how we can learn from our clients, communicate ideas, and provide meaningful and useful spaces designed for the people that actually use them." —Tom Jordan, Hayball Managing Director
“We recognise that, in partnership with AWF, our industry has a critical responsibility to the future of our communities and the environment through the built work that we leave behind, both locally and abroad. Importantly, we have the opportunity to work with communities to transform lives through improved health and well-being.” –Veryan Curnow, Associate Director
NBRS strives to create life changing environments. We design spaces for people. We believe that architecture reaches beyond the physical construction of the built environment – it is a social art.
“Given our team’s enthusiasm, it was a no-brainer for us as a practice to partner with AWF. As well as the chance to give back for the enormous privilege we have as designers, partnership with AWF strongly aligns with our values and goals of transforming lives and leaving work that matters. At a structural level, AWF’s collaborative and evidence-based approach is exactly how we like to work. At a personal level, helping deliver humanitarian projects in a sustainable way has its own reward.”— John Whittingham, Director
“At HGA we believe in the power of architecture to shape not only spaces, but lives. Successful Architecture goes beyond aesthetics, it's about the emotions and interactions a space evokes. Each design is an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the people who inhabit the space itself. For us, sustainable architecture goes beyond the building and embodies the spirit of community.” — Harley Graham, Founding Director
“BKK Architects are actively interested in the community of architecture as well as architecture for community. Our design thinking is open and exploratory, privileging culture over strategy. Our partnership with AWF is an opportunity to give back to communities and involve a broader range of people in conversations about design.” — George Huon, Principal, BKK Architects
“It has been a dream of mine though for many years given our growth and scale to involve Webber Design more in the community and give our team the opportunity to also give back. Joining AWF gives us the opportunity to commit our resources and involve our team in these socially important projects and further build camaraderie within the office.” — Paul Webber, Managing Director