Henrik Frode Obel Foundation awards travel grants to students of architecture in order to promote architectural excellence and a global perspective.

The foundation also awards grants and scholarships for teaching, professorships, exhibitions, etc.

MADE by the Opera House

MADE (the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange) is an extra-curricular programme offered to Australian and Danish students of architecture, engineering and design (in the built environment) in their 2nd year of study or above.

In the lead up to the Sydney Opera House’s 50th Anniversary in 2023, the exchange programme will create an alumnus group of 100 students to continue the international and interdisciplinary links first forged by Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece in Sydney.

The Henrik Frode Obel Foundation is one of the founding partners of the programme.

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One of the recipients in 2019 of the Obel Foundation travel grants was Rune Wriedt from the Aarhus School of Architecture who travelled to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. His itinerary was based on the records of Jørn Utzon’s travels in 1949, and the trip contributed to the foundation for Rune Wriedt’s ongoing thesis project, which revolves around subjects such as the architecture of the border.


The eight recipients in 2018 were selected from the Aarhus School of Architecture, the School of Architecture, Design and Planning (SADP) at Aalborg University, and the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen.

The students travelled to countries all over Europe and Africa, including Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, West Africa, Croatia, and Athens.