Henrik Frode Obel Foundation awards a limited number of grants for the dissemination of knowledge and exchange of ideas across borders and disciplines in order to promote excellence and a global perspective within the field of architecture.

The foundation has thus far funded study trips for architecture students, international workshops and lecture series, a bi-lateral exchange program, scholarships for teaching, and exhibitions.

All grants are awarded on the basis of nomination, we do not accept applications.

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.

Read more about the MADE programme on


Each year, around 8-10 students are selected from the Aarhus School of Architecture, the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at Aalborg University, and the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture in Copenhagen. The students are awarded a grant to travel to another country to study a specific theme. Since 2018, the selected students have travelled to countries all over the world, including Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, West Africa, Croatia, Mexico, Singapore, and Athens.


The OBEL AWARD funds workshops and lecture series by international practitioners and scholars of architecture;  travel and field study trips for teachers of architecture; and other efforts towards developing an OBEL AWARD Global Scholars Program in the future.

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