The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Aedas have announced Mick Scott is the recipient of the 2013/14 RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship. The award, the most generous single scholarship the RIBA makes to students in financial need, offers Mick academic mentoring by a member of Aedas staff and a £5,000 grant towards his studies.
The scholarship was established in 2008 with the generous support of Aedas Architects and is offered in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director of Aedas.
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.”