CAADFutures was set up under Dutch law in 1985 with three founding members; Tom Maver, Rik Schijf, and Harry Wagter with the purpose of promoting, through international conferences and publications, the advancement of Computer Aided Architectural Design in the service of those concerned with the quality of the built environment. The Housing Ministry of the Netherlands Government provided initial capital of dfl 40,000 (appr. 18,000 euro).