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Dunbar Fellowship

2017 Applications are open until Tuesday 8 August. Click here for Application Form

Who was Jennifer Taylor?

Architect Jennifer Taylor (12 April, 1935 – 7 December, 2015), widely published scholar, highly acclaimed teacher and critic of international standing, returned to Queensland from Sydney in 1988 to take up her appointment as Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture at Queensland University of Technology. In this post, Jennifer’s generous spirit, exacting standards and informed world view continued to frame Australian architecture for us in the broader regional context of the Asia Pacific.

Jennifer’s contextual insights began in the process of gaining two architectural degrees at Washington University, USA in the late 1960s where she took a course by Professor Teiji Ito on the architecture of the Japanese house and garden. This course contributed to her interest in Japan, Asia and the Pacific, where she travelled extensively for research after returning to Sydney in 1970.

In the 1970s she was awarded two Japan Foundation Professional Fellowships and in 1975 met Fumihiko Maki who became her mentor while she undertook research work in Japan. During this period she also introduced architects from Japan and China to students and architects in Australia. Following publications in the 1980s and 1990s, Jennifer’s book Fumihiko Maki: Space / City / Order / Making was published in 2003.

Her contribution of the section about Oceania in World Architecture 1900-2000: Acritical Mosaic, Volume 10, was published in 1999 and in the process of writing revealed the lack of available research on architecture in the Pacific region, stimulating her appetite for a new challenge. In 2003 Jennifer, together with co-author James Connor, began the pioneering fieldwork in the South Pacific with extended visits to each of the island countries. They discovered many buildings were in a fragile condition and archival material was rare or unavailable, requiring intensive, on-site documentation and interviews. After many years of work, Jennifer and James’ Architecture in the South Pacific The Ocean of Islands was published in 2014. This work is both a highly significant contribution to the culture of the region and adds to the recording of world architecture.

Jennifer should have the last words here. In the year before she died Jennifer summarised the overarching vision for her architectural scholarship, teaching and practice in a recent interview by Jan Howlin:

“Australia must recognise where it is in the world,” she says. “We probably have the richest mixing pot of 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 we should grow a wonderful and special architecture.”

Words by Brit Andresen, Architect LFRAIA
Emeritus Professor, The University of Queensland

Purpose of the Scholarship

The purpose of the Dunbar Fellowship is to:

‘…undertake a program of study and/or research in Asia and/or the islands of the South Pacific Ocean (excluding Australia and New Zealand), that will in the view of the RAIA contribute to the advancement of architecture and its practice in Australia.’

And

‘…to assist the Dunbar Fellow to undertake a minimum of (1) one year course of study at an approved University leading to a further academic qualification, or a structured program of research of at least (1) one year in an approved subject leading to the presentation of a public lecture, and at least one paper of excellence of a standard equivalent to acceptance in a refereed journal.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Fellowship 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 RAIA
  • Be born in Queensland, or be a resident registered on the Queensland electoral role

Successful recipients are not permitted to apply again.

2017 Fellowship

The value of the Fellowship to be awarded shall be to a maximum value of $20,000

It is envisaged that (1) one Fellowship shall be awarded at the discretion of the Selection Panel, in consultation with the trustee, depending upon the number and quality of the applications received.

Application Process

Applications for the Fellowship should be made by completing an Application Form, and submitting in pdf format by email to qld@architecture.com.au on or before 12pm Tuesday 8 August, 2017.

The Application Form must be completed and requires:

  • Applicant details
  • A statement on the intent, scope, program and itinerary for the proposed Fellowship
  • A separate curriculum vitae of maximum 1 page in length
  • Two referee reports commenting respectively on the applicant’s character, and the applicant’s capacity to undertake the Fellowship outlined in the application. Referee reports must be submitted as part of the Application Form.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Significance of the proposal to the Purpose of the Fellowship
  • Feasibility of achieving the aims of the proposed Fellowship program in terms of outcomes, budget and time frame
  • Ability of the candidate to communicate clearly with a compelling perspective on the proposed Fellowship program
  • Potential of the candidate to collate information and disseminate findings

Only complete applications received by the due date will be considered.

Selection Panel

The President of the Queensland Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects has appointed a Selection Panel to assess the applications and make a recommendation to the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Conditions of the Award

Generally, the Recipient should commence within the following calendar year of the Fellowship award, and be completed within 12 months of commencement unless exceptional circumstances apply eg serious illness or bereavement.

The Australian Institute of Architects may request modifications to the application. The application will form the basis of the agreement between the Recipient and the Australian Institute of Architects.

Prior to confirmation of the Fellowship, the person to whom it is provisionally awarded must agree in writing to comply with the Fellowship conditions.

If a Recipient wishes to vary the time frame for the Fellowship then this should be clearly identified at the time of application.

Recipients must show evidence of appropriate insurances prior to commencement of the Fellowship. Travel insurance must be in place prior to any travel being undertaken and Recipients must agree to keep abreast of any travel warnings provided via the Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advisory site.

The Fellowship funds will be paid to the Recipient in instalments within a pre-determined timetable approved by the Selection Panel. Generally, 10% of the Fellowship funds will be withheld and will be paid upon acceptance of the Final Report and completion of the Fellowship.

The Recipient must submit a Final Report written in plain English, designed to engage a public audience, of 800 to 1,000 words about the Fellowship. At least 5 high-resolution images that represent critical aspects of the Fellowship must also be included. The Recipient must hold or obtain consents from authors of all materials included in the Final Report.

The Recipient retains any intellectual property in the creation of the Fellowship material.

Recipients will grant to the Australian Institute of Architects without cost, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty free and transferable license to use, reproduce, and communicate to the public the outcomes, materials or images of the Recipient’s Fellowship which may then be used to further advertise, support or in other ways publicize the Dunbar Fellowship for no financial benefit to either party.

Recipients will acknowledge the Fellowship in any relevant correspondence, public announcement, advertising, publication or other material relating to the Fellowship.

Recipients are not agents of the Australian Institute of Architects and are not acting on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects; and should not represent themselves as such.

The Award may be cancelled if the Recipient does not comply with the associated conditions of the Fellowship and will be asked to refund the money already distributed. Any material changes to the Fellowship outcomes or time frames must be approved by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Australian Institute of Architects may vary this Fellowship or any of the foregoing conditions when it considers that circumstances justify such variation. The decision of the Australian Institute of Architects on the award of the Fellowship is final. The Australian Institute of Architects reserves the right to withhold the award of the Fellowship. The Australian Institute of Architects reserves the right to amend the number and value of the Fellowships.

PROCESS

Stage 1

Applicant completes and submits an Application Form, outlining Applicant details, Fellowship itinerary, program and budget, Mentor details and Referees’ reports. The closing date for applications is 12pm 8 August, 2017 to qld@architecture.com.au.

Stage 2

Selection Panel reviews applications and shortlists Applicants to be interviewed to discuss their proposed Fellowship program. Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Significance of the proposal to the Purpose of the Fellowship
  • Feasibility of achieving the aims of the proposed Fellowship program in terms of outcomes, budget and time frame
  • Ability of the candidate to communicate clearly with a compelling perspective on the proposed Fellowship program
  • Potential of the candidate to collate information and disseminate findings

Stage 3

If selected for interview, the Applicant will meet with the Selection Panel to discuss the proposal, the methodology and expected outcomes. Interviews shall be conducted during September 2017, at a date, time and location to be confirmed.

Stage 4

Successful Recipients and unsuccessful Applicants will be advised by Sunday 29 October 2017.

Stage 5

Successful Recipients shall enter into a Fellowship agreement with the Australian Institute of Architects, and commence Fellowship within the following calendar year of award, and complete within 12 months.

For further information you can email us at qld@architecture.com.au or call us on (07) 3828 4100.