MPavilion is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organisation that exists to initiate and support great public design, architecture and cultural projects. In 2018 the Foundation continues its leading design and event initiatives, MPavilion and the Living Cities Forum. The Foundation champions projects that explore design’s close interconnections with contemporary culture. In doing so, it seeks to create new public–private partnerships in the civic space.

The Foundation is dedicated to:

  • Commissioning bold new architecture and design projects
  • Enhancing the quality of community life through support of great design
  • Creating the annual MPavilion architecture commission and design event
  • Hosting the annual Living Cities Forum
  • Collaborating with cultural and educational institutions on related free public event programs
  • Creating new public–private partnerships between philanthropic, government and business sectors
  • Exploring the social, economic and environmental value and impact of design
  • Positioning Melbourne as Asia-Pacific’s hub of design and architecture
  • Promoting public participation through free entry and accessible programming
  • Raising awareness and celebrating contemporary Australian and international architecture and design.

Members of the board:

  • Naomi Milgrom AO, founder
  • Dr Kathy Alexander, chair
  • Mary Vallentine AO

Special advisor to the board:

  • Dame Julia Peyton Jones DBE

“I want to initiate truly inspirational cultural, design and architectural projects that just wouldn’t happen otherwise. I am also excited to be initiating these projects through new public/private partnerships and collaborations.”

—Naomi Milgrom

Main photo by Stephen Chee. Visit the Naomi Milgrom Foundation website to learn more about the Foundation’s projects.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.