The winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) / Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) McAslan Bursary were announced today, with more than £15,000 awarded. The Bursary, administered by the RIBA with ICE, aims to support architectural and engineering students, graduates and newly-qualified architects and engineers working collaboratively and committed to the progress of environmental and community issues in the UK or abroad.
Sophie Handler, from muf, the collaborative practice of art and architecture, receives £5,000 to bring the work of her recently completed RIBA Modern Architecture and Town Planning Trust research project to the point of practical application. She is looking at how to set up workable interventions in public space for older residents in Newham, following her research project, The Fluid Pavement and Other Stories on Growing Old in Newham.
Asif Khan and Julia King from the Architectural Association receive £7,242 for their project, One Year House, focusing on refugee housing on the Thai-Burma border. Asif and Julia are due to collaborate with refugees and carpenters to develop small-scale, high-impact improvements to their built environment, most notably the 'temporary' bamboo homes.
Julia Bouvy, currently studying at Oxford Brookes, receives £1,000 towards her project aiming to regenerate embankment life in West Africa though a participatory masterplan for the Senegal River.
A team working with Architects for Aid receives £3,290 for the conservation of Saxon buildings in Transylvania – the project aims to restore and build upon a valuable architectural heritage, stimulating local economy and encouraging cross-cultural knowledge exchange and training.
The judging panel, joined by John McAslan for the assessment of bursary applications, comprised David Gloster, Director of RIBA Education; Jane Priestman OBE, Design Management Consultant; Professor George Henderson, Principal of Henderson Associates; Mark Whitby, Partner at Whitbybird; and Jon Pritchard, Director for Engineering Policy and Innovation, ICE.
Jack Pringle, President of the RIBA said:
"The RIBA is delighted to be involved with the John McAslan Family Charitable Trust and its generous bursary scheme. I am particularly pleased that this year's entries were of such a high calibre and focused on improving deprived communities. We look forward to continuing this collaboration for many years to come."
John McAslan said:
"This is the third year of the bursary which I am pleased to continue with the RIBA and ICE. Without doubt this year has seen the highest quality of entries and a fantastic range of projects both in the UK and abroad."