RIBA announces renewed commitment to run RIBA McAslan Bursary

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), John McAslan + Partners, and the Environment Agency have today announced the continuation of the RIBA McAslan Bursary.  Funded by a contribution of £10,000 from the Environment Agency, the 2015 Bursary scheme will be launched in spring 2015. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills have also agreed to support the Bursary scheme as advisors, while the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will continue as partners.

The Bursary supports architecture and engineering students, graduates and newly qualified architects and engineers, and promotes innovation and excellence in architecture and design for the benefit of communities and the environment. It will support an individual or team to develop and realise a design research project. Projects will be expected to demonstrate progress towards a sustainable solution that improves the physical environment for communities and tackles the challenges posed by climate change or weather extremes. Applicants will be welcome to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support their project.

Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman of the Environment Agency, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this initiative to encourage students and newly qualified technical professionals to design sustainable solutions for the benefit of society and the environment. We face huge challenges from a changing climate and this bursary provides support to the next generation of young architects and engineers to develop innovative solutions for the future.”

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, adds:

“I'm delighted that the RIBA, Environment Agency and John McAslan + Partners are joining forces to create this wonderful bursary. The winning team or individual will have the chance to create a unique project while working alongside one of our leading architectural practices. I urge our students on RIBA validated courses and recent graduates to start thinking about their applications ahead of the official launch next year.”

John McAslan, Chairman, John McAslan + Partners, adds:

“We are delighted that the Environment Agency is supporting the RIBA McAslan Bursary in 2015. We look forward to receiving submissions for the bursary, which continues to offer a unique opportunity for architecture and engineering students and recent graduates to explore ideas that help make the world a better place.”

Interested applicants can find more information about previous award winners at: www.architecture.com/mcaslanbursary  


Notes to editors

1. For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org   

2. Interested applicants can find more information about previous award winners at: www.architecture.com/mcaslanbursary  - for additional queries contact Hayley Russell in RIBA Education hayley.russell@riba.org  020 7307 3678 

3. The Environment Agency work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

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4. John McAslan + Partners is a leading architectural practice based in London, with offices in Manchester, Edinburgh and Doha. Our extensive portfolio of international award-winning projects includes infrastructure, hospitality, commercial, residential, education, cultural, heritage, urban design, and landscape sectors.

The practice’s most recent success has been the acclaimed transformation of King's Cross Station in time for the 2012 London Olympics, which has won more than 20 international awards. We are currently working on the Crossrail Bond Street Station, while other UK projects include luxury residential developments, schools, masterplans and a number of high-profile projects for leading cultural institutions. In Doha, Qatar, we are designing the Cultural Forum, a Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Heritage House Museums and a Mosque, while in Russia we are working on five multi-modal Transport Hubs, a significant commercial development in St Petersburg and the redevelopment of the historic Bolshevik Factory site.

Other international projects include the Anand Vihar Transport Hub in New Delhi, a masterplan for the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada, and the British School in Rio de Janeiro, as well as a new community cathedral west of Nairobi, the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda (commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide) and school projects in Malawi and Uganda.

Together with the RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the practice established a student bursary in 2004 which recognises innovative design projects and supports students, graduates, newly qualified architects and engineers committed to environmental and community issues.

The practice has won over 90 international awards, including 20 RIBA Building of the Year Awards and three European Union prizes for cultural heritage and has been named Architectural Practice of the Year on a number of occasions.

5. 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  


Posted on Tuesday 17th June 2014