RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship for student in financial need announced

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.”


Notes to editors

  1. For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org 
  2. To download  images of the judge, a headshot of Mick Scott and the portfolio submissions from Mick Scott, Joanne Preston and Julian Manev please visit: https://app.box.com/s/bmrptzanine15op8gpkl 
  3. The judging panel consisted of David Simister (Aedas), Brian Johnson (Aedas European Chairman), Angela Brady (RIBA President), Luke Butcher (ETFC) and Di Leitch (ETFC).
  4. The RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship has been awarded to Kerry Watton (Glasgow School of Art,  2012/13),  Laura Collins (University of Sheffield, 2009/10), Henry Fisher (University of Bath 2010/11) and Joseph Deane (Royal College of Art 2011/12)
  5. The 2014/15 call for entries for the RIBA Aedas Stephen Williams Scholarship will be announced in January 2014 – keep an eye on www.architecture.com for further details
  6. Aedas global network provides consultancy services in architecture, interior design, masterplanning, landscape, urban design and building consultancy through their 32 offices in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Aedas has a strong commitment to the cities and communities in which they live and work. Advanced R&D technology and innovative sustainable solutions delivered through a group of high-powered designers who provide a comprehensive range of architectural expertise and design services that together add human and community values
  7. For information on how to make a donation or to discuss establishing your own fund please contact Hayley Russell from the RIBA Education team hayley.russell@riba.org  
  8. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members www.architecture.com www.twitter.com/RIBA