Five talented students of architecture are to receive £5,000 each and invaluable mentoring from some of the UK’s leading architectural practices.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the architects’ professional indemnity insurance mutual The Wren Insurance Association Limited (the Wren) have announced the five winners of the inaugural RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships.
The 2013 winners are:
- Laura Cannon from the University of Dundee
- Piotr Garstecki from the University of Westminster
- Erl Johnston from Queen’s University Belfast
- Megan Passey from Oxford Brookes University
- James Pockson from the Royal College of Art
RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s scholarships, I wish them the very best for their final year of the Part 2. These generous scholarships, made possible by The Wren Insurance Association, will provide these talented students with financial support at an important stage of their architectural education. I am also delighted that the Members of The Wren Insurance Association Limited are supporting the next generation of talented architects through mentoring.'
Richard Pullen, Chairman of Wren, said:
'I am delighted to announce that Laura Cannon, Piotr Garstecki, Erl Johnston, Megan Passey and James Pockson are the inaugural winners of the first five RIBA Wren Scholarships. Our insurance mutual, having enjoyed over 25 successful years, decided to mark its quarter century by making available a scholarship fund of £25,000 per year to Part 2 students at a time when the cost of qualification can be overwhelming. We are also offering the successful students the opportunity of being mentored by some of the UK’s leading architectural firms. The Wren Members, having helped each other over the last 25 years, feel it is appropriate to support and encourage the next generation of talented architects who have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of architecture.'
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 the winners and their portfolios please visit: https://www.box.com/s/o2gy3ciyldwg85r66ej1
- For further information on student funding visit, www.architecture.com/studentfunding
- The RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships scheme was created earlier in the year following the establishment of a scholarship fund of £25,000 per year by the Wren Insurance Association Limited to support Part 2 students for an initial period of five years. The five recipients of funding were selected after an initial shortlisting stage followed by individual interviews with a judging panel, and each one gets £5,000 for the last year of their Part 2 course in architecture. In addition, each student winner will have the opportunity to be mentored by a Member of the Wren.
- The judging panel consisted of:
Andy Beard (Chair of the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committe
Clare Richards (Member of the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee)
David Stanford (3DReid Ltd and a Member of the Wren)
Gary Tidmarsh (Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd and a Member r of the Wren)
David Coyne (Benoy Ltd and a Member of the Wren)
David Gloster (Director of Education at RIBA) was present as independent moderator of the judging process
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- The Wren is an architects’ professional indemnity insurance mutual that was set up in 1987 by a group of architects in order to provide the broadest sustainable cover to its Members. Fifty five of the UK’s major architectural practices are currently in Membership, employing over 2,000 architects. For further information contact Jane Carpenter of Wren Managers, 0207 407 3588 email@example.com