Autodesk Establishes Foundation To Aid Impactful Design Projects

Autodesk Establishes Foundation To Aid Impactful Design Projects

A 20K house, part of Rural Studio project that received a grant from the newly established Autodesk Foundation. (Courtesy Timothy Hursley)

On Tuesday Autodesk launched the global Autodesk Foundation. The initiative looks to invest and support non-profit organizations using design to tackle pressing world issues like climate change, access to water, and healthcare. “We want to support and accelerate the design-led revolution currently underway, by investing in design-driven entities that are pursuing scalable solutions with measurable impact,” said foundation CEO and Autodesk Senior Director of Sustainability, Lynelle Cameron.

Through their Impact Design Program, the foundation selected four pilot grantees currently engaged in such ventures.

Kenya-based KickStart International designs simple agricultural irrigation tools that help local farmers.

MASS Design Group builds healthcare facilities for parts of the world where they are needed most.

D-REV creates products like prosthetic limbs meant to aid the well-being of those living on less than $4 a day.

—Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio at Auburn University was the final recipient of an inaugural grant for their 20K Project, to a campaign create affordable energy-efficient housing in Alabama.