About Alan Davidson Foundation

The Alan Davidson Foundation is a UK registered charity that supports a wide range of causes. There is a strong focus on MND research, care and initiatives that help support those with disabling neurological conditions. It also supports architecture and architectural initiatives.

About - Drawing - Alan Davidson Foundation
Who started the foundation?

The Foundation was founded by Alan Davidson. It benefitted greatly from his experience of MND and his passions for architecture, visual arts and technology. He was diagnosed with MND in 2012, and lost the battle to the disease in August 2018. Alan was the founder of London based architecture visualisation studio Hayes Davidson, one of the early pioneers of architectural computer graphics (CGI).

Why was the foundation started?

Alan was committed to helping people suffering from MND and associated neurological conditions, he wanted to help initiatives that improved their lives through better care and support, and funding research work to find a cure for MND. The Foundation carefully researches the organisations that it funds, with a preference for ‘open source’ research data where information is shared globally.

Who does the foundation support?

The Foundation supports a wide range of organisations, charities and worthy causes. Funding is allocated after careful research into the project to help understand the circumstances, charity or research being proposed. A meeting with the individual or organisation is then arranged to discuss in detail the area of work that requires funding. Find out more about the projects we have supported below.

What is MND?

MND, Motor Neurone Disease is a terminal condition that currently has no cure. It progressively damages the nervous system, leading to muscle wasting. As damage progresses, the condition becomes more debilitating. Communicating, swallowing and breathing become difficult and eventually a person with MND may be unable to move and become ‘locked in’. MND is often referred to as ‘ALS’ outside of the UK.

News and events

The Alan Davidson Award 2021

Archiboo returns with a relaunched Alan Davidson Award. The new criterias aim to harness the power of storytelling through visual communication applied to real life projects. Judges will be looking for examples of compelling stories that are pushing project communication in new and exciting directions.

Read More

The Davidson Prize 2021 Winner

Congratulations to the winning team HomeForest. Haptic Architects, Squint/Opera, Coda to Coda, LionHeart and Yaoyao Meng came together to produce the compelling and innovative concept using biophilia, sound and lighting to enhance our home lives, improve productivity…

Read More

HD5K 2021 Virtual Run

On the 22nd May 2021, a wide range of runners from around the world took part in the virtual 5km event organised by Hayes Davidson for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Due to Covid restrictions, runners competed individually from their own location using an app…

Read More

The Davidson Prize 2021

The Alan Davidson Foundation is delighted to be launching The Davidson Prize 2021, a new architectural prize rewarding innovative concepts that imaginatively rethink the design of the contemporary home.

Read More

The Big Draw Awards

As a visualiser, Alan always had a pen in his hand, a black PaperMate Fineliner to be precise. As well as being a 3D artist, he drew by hand constantly, on everything he could find. He would talk and draw, storyboarding his ideas, his vision, framing the conversation.

Read More

The Alan Davidson Award 2020

Judges are looking for visualisations that immerse the viewer, with their own character that allow for more informed and richer conversations about the built environment.

Read More