The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and AHR (formerly Aedas UK) have announced Chloe Anderson as the 2014/15 beneficiary of the highly coveted RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship, currently the most generous single scholarship the RIBA makes to students in financial need. The scholarship, will offer Chloe personal academic mentoring by a member of staff at AHR and a £5,000 grant towards her studies.
Chloe Anderson, who completed her Part 1 at the University of Sheffield and will be starting her Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2) in September 2014 at London Metropolitan University, is interested in the potential of the design process as a tool for engaging with social issues.
She was a Project co-founder of ‘CreatePlay’ which involved the design and construction of an inclusive outdoor play-space in Bulgaria. Located in the grounds of a mainstream nursery school, the project aims to reduce the exclusion of children with disabilities through the informal and un-orchestrated nature of play, offering the unique ability to overcome social barriers by providing a playground that is sensitive to the needs of all children, regardless of their [dis]abilities.
On hearing the news she had been selected for the prestigious scholarship, Chloe Anderson said: “I am beyond chuffed to be the 2014 recipient of the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship which will provide the much needed financial support for me to begin my Part 2 studies in London. The support offered by AHR and RIBA is invaluable and I'm very excited about the opportunities the scholarship will present over the coming years.”
The judging consisted of input from Carol Williams (representing the Williams family), David Simister (AHR), Brian Johnson (AHR Chairman), Stephen Hodder (RIBA President), Mary Duggan (RIBA Education Committee) and John Waldron (RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee).
Chairman of AHR, Brian Johnson said:
“We’re delighted to award this year’s prize to Chloe Anderson for her inspiring work. The standard of entries was exceedingly high and Chloe’s stood out by her creativity and attention to detail. Supporting students and young architects is central to the ethos of AHR and we will continue to work with the RIBA to support this prestigious prize. ”
RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:
“Chloe’s dedicated work and ambition is to be highly admired. I’m delighted to award her with the scholarship this year; she demonstrated a remarkably wide-ranging portfolio of work which embraces a strong social component. We expect great things from her when she starts her Part 2.”
Notes to editors
- For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 firstname.lastname@example.org
- To download images of Chloe and her portfolio visit: https://app.box.com/s/xteqcj8bw1vbgyemdyh4
- The Scholarship was established in 2008 and is offered in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director of Aedas.
- Since 2008, the scholarship has been awarded to Laura Collins (University of Sheffield, 2009/10), Henry Fisher (University of Bath 2010/11), Joseph Deane (Royal College of Art 2011/12), Kerry Watton (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, 2012/13) and Mick Scott (Oxford Brookes University 2013/14).
- The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members www.architecture.com Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates www.twitter.com/RIBA
- AHR has a long-standing reputation for award-winning design and the creation of innovative places and environments.
AHR is one of the UK’s most established architecture and building consultancy practices, with experience dating back to 1835. Today AHR has evolved into an international business encompassing 450 staff in 12 offices.
The practice is currently working on a new headquarters for Blackpool Council, two major retail projects in Pakistan and a series of schools under the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme. Earlier this year AHR completed Heathrow Terminal 2 MSCP, and in 2013 completed the multi award-winning Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi.
Posted on Tuesday 8th July 2014