Reproduction of the Sistine Chapel in the Ōtsuka Museum of Art © Chris Bisset
The RIBA WCCA Travel Award has been offered annually since 2008 by The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects in cooperation with the RIBA. The award is made in memory of Stuart Murphy, the Chief Planning Officer of the City of London, and past Master of the WCCA.
The Award provides a travel grant of up to £2,000 to a student or a group of students enrolled in a RIBA-validated Part 2 course in a School of Architecture in the greater London area. Winners present their work here at the RIBA and are also requested to produce a report for the RIBA and WCCA collections.
2013 Winner -
The Tradition of Copying in Japan – Reproduction in the Ōtsuka Museum of Art
Chris Bisset (Architectural Association) was selected as the winner of the 2013 RIBA WCCA Student Travel Award from an extremely high standard of applications.
Chris used the £2000 prize to travel to Japan to investigate the strong historical tradition of copying in Japanese culture. Focussing on the little known but extraordinary Ōtsuka Museum of Art, where over 1,000 reproductions of masterpieces from Western art have been reproduced, Chris considered the museum within the broader context of Japanese attitudes towards preservation and suggested that the West’s universal desire for the original may in fact be its own peculiarity.
Chris will present his findings at a free talk here at the RIBA on the 28 January 2014 - please come along to find out more and how to apply for the 2014 award.
Ione Braddick (Bartlett) and a group of five; Tim Coles, Adriana Keast, Steven Pirks, John Stiles & Darren Wilson (London Metropolitan University) shared the £2000 winning prize. Ione travelled to Costa Rica to document and research vernacular domestic architecture while the Met group used the funds to return to Kosovo to present and gain feedback on proposals worked up for a marginalised community following a previous visit to the area in 2011.
Danny Fenster (University of Greenwich) and Naveen Anandakumar (London Metropolitan Univserity) shared the prize. Danny travelled to Chongquing, China to investigate its rapid urban expansion while Naveen investigated cultural development in post-war Sri Lanka.
Linda Hagberg (Bartlett) travelled to Caracas, Venezuela to conduct research on the capital's 'Barrios'
Katherine Ashley (University of Westminster) travelled to Sri Lanka.
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA)
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects is a Livery Company of the City of London. As a modern livery company WCCA consists of representatives of all sectors of the profession from across the British Isles. Alongside many well established 'city architects' are a number of vigorous and lively members keen to promote both the traditional values of the City of London as well as important aspects of the built environment and architectural education.
Please see the WCCA blog for further information about the company and other WCCA activity.
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