Student news - 5 May 2011

Calling all writers!

RIBA Elections for Student Representatives

Pupils and teachers Deserve Better than Flatpack Schools

RIBA Signs up to Social Mobility Campaign

RIBA Research Trust - call for applications

Travel Scholarships available!

Grand Designs Student Offer

The RIBA President's Medals DVD is here!

Book competition

RIBA President's Awards for Research 

International and Student Competitions

APS Student Designer Awards 2011

The Horners Award for Plastics Innovation

Architecture Sans Frontieres UK Workshops

Help is at hand with binding costs

Follow RIBA Education on Facebook and Twitter!

Calling all writers!

Calling all writers

Your chance to write for the RIBA Student newsletter 

Do you enjoy writing about the space that surrounds you? Would you like to see your articles published and read by a community of tens of thousands of RIBA members?

We are currently looking for one student writer to join our team of talented contributors!

Student writers contribute every two months, with six articles per year, and get paid a small fee. We are also able to pay for some expenses to attend events that are covered.

If you think that you have what it takes, please email your name, RIBA membership number, school where you are enrolled and year of study, together with a short text of up to 300 words about anything architecture-related to by Friday 10 June 2011.

Read this month's dispatches from our student writers.


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RIBA Elections for Student Representatives

This is your chance to have your say on the governance of your Institute. 

There are two student member seats on RIBA Council available for a one-year term from September 2011. Council is the overall authority of the Institute with responsibility for key areas such as deciding architectural policy and for specific membership issues.

For further information about the role of Council and the nomination procedure, visit the student pages on the RIBA Elections website.

Be quick - the deadline to submit the nomination forms is Friday 13 May.


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Pupils and teachers deserve better than flatpack schools

In response to the James Review, the Department of Education's independent review on capital school projects, the RIBA warned the government against building overly-standardised 'identikit' schools.

Following its release on 8 April, the RIBA President Ruth Reed urged the government to:

'recognise the complexities in delivering the best new school buildings possible and to reject the over-simplistic approach recommended by the James review.' Please see more details.


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RIBA signs up to Social Mobility Campaign

RIBA Signs up to Social Mobility Campaign

Nick Clegg MP, deputy prime minister and Ruth Reed, President RIBA at the Raising Aspirations career event.

RIBA President Ruth Reed joined the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as a speaker at the Raising Aspirations careers event in London last month, at the launch of the Government's new campaign to improve social mobility.

The RIBA has signed up to the 'Every Business Commits' Business Compact, which sets out what the Institute will do to support social mobility as an employer. Further details.


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Research Funding available from the RIBA

The RIBA Research Trust is now inviting applications for independent architectural research projects. 

The awards scheme, providing grants of between £5,000 - £10,000, is open to applicants interested in a range of architectural subject matter. Applicants are asked to submit a detailed research proposal, including justification for the resources requested. 

For full details and to download the application form, please visit the RIBA website. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 27 June 2011.


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Travel funding available from the RIBA

Student funding

£9,500 of travel funding is currently available through the RIBA

We are currently seeking applications for three travel scholarships.

The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship will provide up to £5,000 to support a current student or recent graduate to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel.

The RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship, designed in honour of the Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger and open to Hungarian students and graduates, will provide up to £2,500 to fund UK-based research and travel of the applicant's choosing. Full details

The Bedford Scholarship, offering £1,000 is awarded by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects. All architecture students from the Universities of Huddersfield, Leeds Metropolitan, Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield are eligible.

Application forms are available from your school office. These should be returned to the RIBA Yorkshire office along with a short written outline of your proposal before the deadline of Monday 16 May. 


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Grand Designs Live London 2011

Grand Designs Live continues at the ExCeL London until 8 May. It is a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with the latest cutting edge design and technology trends, see the latest designer products and a variety of exhibitors, and meet industry colleagues all under one roof.

RIBA Student members can get tickets for just £9 (saving up to £9 off the door rate). Visit or call 0844 209 7349 and quote RIBA11*.

*Offer ends 8 May 2011. Transaction fee applies. For terms and conditions see website.


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The RIBA President’s Medals DVD is here!

The RIBA Presidents Medals DVD

The President's Medals Awards 2010 interactive DVD

The President's Medals 2010 interactive DVD is available to purchase from the RIBA.

Containing QuickTime movies, all the dissertations in downloadable PDF format and interactive galleries of images for each project, the DVD is bigger and better than ever before!

If you wish to purchase the President’s Medals 2010 DVD, please send a cheque of £10 per copy, payable to 'RIBA', and posted to the address below, with your delivery address.

President’s Medals DVD
Education Department
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

For inquiries, please email


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Competition – ‘Win a Book!’

Book competition

Contemporary Hotel Design by Joachim Fischer - up for grabs in this month's book competition

Congratulations to the following winners of last month's competition:

  • Rory Keenan from Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Jason Skelton from Cwmbran, Wales
  • Oliver Mould from London

This month we are offering 1 FREE copy of the book Contemporary Hotel Design by Joachim Fischer.

This richly illustrated book introduces many striking and unusual new establishments, and will appeal to all who wish to keep up with the latest in hospitality chic.

You can find more information about this book or purchase it with your student member 10% discount directly from RIBA Bookshops online.

To enter the competition, send an email to with 'FREE BOOK' in the subject line, and your name and address in the email. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter. 


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RIBA President's Awards for Research

The RIBA is now seeking entries for the 2011 RIBA President's Awards for Research.

The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination and incorporation into the knowledge base of the profession.

The awards are given in three categories: PhD, University and Practice-located Research.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 16 May 2011. Please see more information.


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International and Student Competitions

Moscow competition

Changing the Face Competition: Moscow's Pushkinsky Cinema

Please see below for links to the latest international and student competitions.

Changing the Face
An international competition to redesign the facade of Moscow's Pushkinsky Cinema.

Deadline for submissions: 15 May

Life at the Speed of Rail
How will high-speed rail change American life in the coming decades? This competition calls for participants to produce projects and scenarios that engage high-speed rail.

Deadline for entries: 21 May

London Farm Tower 
A new competition from AWR for the design of a vertical farming skyscraper for London, to address the increasing demand for food and real estate caused by population growth and urban centralisation.

Registration deadline: 30 June

London Loft Competition

London Farm Tower competition EVF Experimental Vertical Farm Image courtesy of Claudio Palavecino Llanos (The University of Chile)

Urban SOS
The theme of this year's annual AECOM student competition is 'water'. As the world's most vital resource, water is central to every aspect of city life. AECOM is seeking integrated design, planning, environmental restoration and engineering proposals in any urban context that relates to or improves the relationship between water and urban development worldwide.

Pre-register by 29 July 2011

The James Dyson Award
This international student design award worth £10,000 to the winner and £10,000 for their University department is run by the James Dyson Foundation. The award is designed to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

Deadline for entries: 2 August 


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National Student Designer Awards 2011

The Association for Project Safety (APS) in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive has launched the APS National Student Designer Awards for 2011, with a total prize fund of £7,000. 

The Awards, open to all Part 2 students, is intended to encourage continuous improvement in design and recognise excellence in Design and Construction Risk Management.

The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2011. Please see more information.


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The Horners Award for Plastics Innovation & Design

The Horners Award for Plastics Innovation

This prestigious award, run jointly with the British Plastics Federation and the Worshipful Company Of Horners (an ancient guild and livery company of the City of London), is awarded for innovation in plastics design and manufacture or in the processing of plastics. 

To enter for this award, the product, machine or process must have significant UK content in design, materials or manufacture and a proven record of recent commercial success or have significant commercial potential.

The deadline for entries is 29 July 2011.

Further information

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Architecture Sans Frontieres UK Workshops

ASF-UK trains built environment students and professionals in the international development sector through an international workshop and lecture programme, and grass-roots activities that promote ethical practice.

ASF-UK’s international workshops explore the social issues and participatory methods required when working as a professional in the international development sector.

For details of how you can get involved, please visit their website.

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Help is at hand with binding costs!

We know how expensive printing and binding jobs can be. To alleviate your costs, the RIBA has secured a 10% discount for book binding jobs with mythesis.

To get your discount, visit their website and use the promotional code BA08.

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