Avery Hall, Columbia University. Photograph by Ofer Wolberger, courtesy Columbia GSAPP
Funding from the IDC Foundation supports faculty leadership and interdisciplinary research at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. It encourages the development of new housing models urgently needed to address shifts in demographics, household composition, challenges of climate resilience, affordability, and the widening inequality gap. The funding has helped to launch an interdisciplinary research initiative, the Columbia GSAPP Housing Lab, and to fund the IDC Foundation Professorship of Housing Design, the first endowed professorship dedicated to the Architecture program. Associate Professor Hilary Sample has been appointed as the inaugural IDC Foundation Professor of Housing Design. Additional support from the IDC Foundation enhances financial aid and student travel, engaging students from diverse and global perspectives.