The Sydney Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Incorporated - SFAUDi - is a not-for-profit media and design leadership association, dedicated to promoting research and discussion of architectural and placemaking issues concerning Sydney, as well as other cities across the globe.
It was founded in 2008 by architect Roger Barrett, with support from writer Marie Geissler, architect Frank Stanisic and architectural writer and editor Paul McGillick to provide an independent voice, detached from the mainstream architectural establishment in Sydney.
SFAUDi is also a publishing vehicle which acts as a "clearing house" for ideas and opinions on city issues.
It takes a whole-city, inter-disciplinary approach, recognising the importance of point-to-point global, urban relationships, and acknowledging that urban dwellers identify as much with their city (sometimes more so) than with their national identities.
Although SFAUDi's main area of interest incorporates the entire geographic area of greater Sydney, it also aims to link city-based groups in other selected cities.
The mission of SFAUDi is to raise awareness of Sydney as an entity, in particular its architectural, artistic, urban and landscape legacy.
The aim is to help develop the quality of cultural life for Sydneysiders to a level aspiring to other great cities such as London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, while recognising the constraints and opportunities of the comparatively new, raw and isolated character of Sydney, and its smaller population.
Our vision is for Sydney to simulate the power of other great global metropolises as a generator of economic and cultural growth.