Residency Program

The Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments is a six-month residency offered twice annually to two artists and one architect.

The main focus of the residency is on the purposeful long-term support of individual young artists and architects, and on creating new interdisciplinary opportunities and confrontations through lively exchange. This unique program is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in cooperation with the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna. Each spring, a high-profile, international jury is convened in Vienna to select eight projects from international applicants as well as two alternates per group.  The program has been running continuously since October 1995; to date, the MAK Center has hosted 49 groups of international residents.

Current Residents

Due to the [COVID-19] outbreak, the MAK Center has postponed this year’s residencies.  To find out more about our reschedule timeline, or how to apply, visit the MAK Vienna website.  To view the work of our most recent Group XLIX, visit our Past Residents page.

Mackey Apartments

Each resident is given an apartment in the R.M. Schindler-designed Mackey Apartments in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles.

Final Projects

Residents receive a monthly stipend and the support of the MAK Center staff, who work with residents to facilitate their research and projects, and to arrange meetings with relevant producers around Los Angeles. Completed works are presented to the public towards the end of each residency period in an exhibition.

Final Projects: Group XLIX

1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

How to Apply?

Residencies are awarded to independent projects exploring the relation between art and architecture. Projects are chosen according to their ability to: critically examine current trends in art, architecture, and society; make a compelling connection with Los Angeles as the place of implementing or continuing the applicant’s own work; and demonstrate a conceptual and experimental approach. Recipients of awards are encouraged to participate in the activities of the MAK Center as well as attend meetings, workshops and project discussions with other artists and students.

Emphasis is placed on the location of the residency in Los Angeles. Without a doubt, Los Angeles has become a primary location for critical activity in art, architecture, and urban theory, and residents’ projects often reflect, incorporate, and address specific facets of the city and its social fabric.

Residency terms run from October to March, and from April to September. The deadline for applications is in early March.

Find out more on the MAK Vienna website

Past Residents

The residency program has a distinguished list of over 200 alumni and has included participants from Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, and elsewhere.

See all past residents

MAK Center Archive

The MAK Center Archive is an online database featuring the work of all artists and architects who have participated in the residency program. The website serves as an adjunct to the physical MAK Center Archive, located at the Mackey Apartments and available to researchers by appointment.

The physical archive not only catalogues the work of the Artists and Architects-in-Residence, but collects materials related to all programming held at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, as well as at the MAK Vienna. The archive includes ephemera, catalogues, photography, video, audio and digital documentation.