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Build and design in the world's finest workshop

The Pier 9 Artists in Residence (AIR) program gives artists, makers, and fabricators a chance to work with us in our digital fabrication workshops at Autodesk. Our artists explore, create, and document cutting-edge projects, and share them with the DIY community.

We are now accepting applications for 2017. Apply now

It was a makers’ dream. Pier 9 had the material and equipment resources to allow us to realize nearly any idea we could dream up, and dream we did.

Lauren McCarthy


  • Use production-quality equipment

    Gain access to advanced CNC machines: a waterjet and 5-axis router, multi-material 3D printers, full metal and wood shops, electronics lab, and more. Build on your pre-existing skills with shop training from experts. Push the creative limits on some of the most cutting-edge machinery available today.

  • Be part of a creative community

    Meet a mix of industry professionals, Autodesk specialists, and fellow artists at Pier 9, in an environment of shared expertise and learning. Participate in a lively community fueled by camaraderie and innovation. Draw from a multifaceted network of technical support and expertise.

  • Access Autodesk design software and experts

    Gain access to all Autodesk products and receive support from software evangelists at Pier 9, to push your design skills and help shape our products. Influence the next generation of creative software with your creative vision. Remove technical roadblocks by working in close proximity to expert software designers.

  • Get project consulting, funding, and build space

    Get funding, build space, and 1-on-1 advice from the Pier 9 workshop team to create your project. Pier 9 is a resource and a space that inspires. Find support and collaborators to bring your ideas to life. Work in the heart of San Francisco at our unique waterfront space.


Artists work on projects that are shared with the Pier 9 community. The primary program goals are to support the artist and maker communities by producing inspirational content, and connect innovative and creative individuals with our unique tools and resources.

  • Events

    Artists participate in our thriving community through skill sharing workshops, meetings, partner opportunities, and guest talks.

  • Workshop access

    Pier 9 offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Artists have access to workshops during business hours and weekends pending availability of safety monitors.

  • Ownership

    Residents own all of their intellectual property and physical work created at Pier 9 during their residency.

  • Duration

    Residencies last for a duration of 4 months. Soft starts, to get advanced training on our tooling, are recommended.

  • Funding

    Artists receive a $2,000 monthly stipend, plus a budget for project supplies.

  • Deliverables

    Artists must publish their work on, and make a presentation at the close of the residency.

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