2013 RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholar announced
This year’s recipient, Mick Scott is enrolled in an MPhil at Oxford Brookes University, and interested in vernacular architecture, risk, vulnerability, human rights, armed conflict, and international humanitarianism.
The judges also noted impressive work by Joanne Preston of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Julian Manev of Queen’s University Belfast; to whom Aedas has generously awarded both a £1,000 commendation prize, a first in the history of the scholarship.
RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'We are delighted to be able to award this scholarship to a really compelling candidate. Mick’s work on the spatial and architectural nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is admirable, and we commend the direction of his research. I would like to thank Aedas for their added generosity in awarding two commendation prices. All three applications were of an exceptional standard.'
Chairman of Aedas Europe, Brian Johnson, said:
'In the past five years the RIBA Aedas scholarship has attracted some of the most talented students across the country. We are pleased to offer a scholarship that helps cultivate design and innovation and promotes engagement and education within the industry, all of which are paramount to Aedas’ ethos. We have seen a tremendous increase in design capability and talent and are impressed with Mick Scott’s entry which presents thought provoking research into built environment areas rife with communal, social and human rights issues.
This year the judges were particular impressed by candidates participating in social engagement work outside of their studies. With entries so compelling, we are also pleased to also offer, for the first time, additional funding for the two runners-up. We look forward to seeing the progress of the winners.'
Mick Scott said:
'I am delighted to have been selected as the 2013 recipient of the RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship; receiving this support means a great deal to me, and I look forward to developing my research with the assistance of the RIBA and Aedas over the coming year.'
He describes his research as dealing with sustainability and its manifestation as resilience in contexts affected by climate vulnerability, conflict, poverty, and economic duress. Arguably sustainability is the first ideological movement since modernism to challenge how we fundamentally live beyond superficiality and in certain places sustainable/resilience based architecture has evolved into actual political resistance. The research investigates how the Israeli occupation of Palestine has pervaded such a scenario and how architecture and planning has been used to mitigate and contest the reality of life under the occupation.
Examples of the winning work can be found below:
About the scholarship
The RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship was established in 2008 thanks to the generous support of Aedas Architects and is offered in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director of Aedas.
The Scholarship provides £5,000 to support one student for a period of postgraduate studies lasting up to 12 months in the UK or abroad. Aedas will also ensure that a representative from its staff is available to mentor the student throughout the period of their scholarship.
The scholarship, named in Stephen Williams's honour, serves as an appreciation of his tireless devotion to the profession. Stephen was a strong advocate for good design and thoughtful consideration of the built environment. Always committed to promoting education and further knowledge, the award serves to continue his legacy.
For more information please contact Hayley Russell, Education Projects Coordinator at email@example.com
Past recipients of the scholarship
2012 - Kerry Watton
2011 - Joseph Deane
2010 - Henry Fisher
2009 - Laura Collins