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​RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship

In 2007, Mrs Margot Auger donated funds to the RIBA for the administration of a scholarship scheme for architecture students and graduates in memory of her late husband, the architect and civil engineer Boyd Auger.

Since then, the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship has honoured Boyd Auger’s belief that the work of architects benefits from being exposed to foreign cultures by supporting 21 talented young scholars undertaking imaginative and original research during periods of travel abroad.

This scholarship of £6,000 supports one student or graduate or a group of students or graduates intending to develop or initiate research on a clearly defined architecture topic over a period lasting between six and twelve months, that involves travel to locations of their choosing. The scholarship may also support graduates for a period of international work experience and travel.

2020 winners

The RIBA is pleased to announce that the 2020 Boyd Auger Scholarship has been awarded to two researchers who will each receive £3,000 towards the completion of their project. The winners and their projects are:

  • Simon Feather: Re-Foresting: Strategies for Production within our Forests
  • Christian Swallow: Stretchmarks

(left to right) Simon Feather and Christian Swallow, winners of the 2020 RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship.

Re-Foresting: Strategies for Production within our Forests (Simon Feather)

Simon’s proposal aims to research established and emerging timber industries in order to develop a comprehensive planting strategy for the UK which achieves a broader range of economic, social and environmental objectives than those currently implemented.

Stretchmarks (Christian Swallow)

Through a dissection of how Western Europe treats its detritus, Christian aims to unravel some of the assumptions and mental images of our body and personal barriers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Simon and Christian will not begin their travel until all the relevant government agencies confirm that travel restrictions have been lifted and there are no remaining safety concerns.

Read more about each project and the 2020 announcement.

Photograph courtesy of Matthew Eberhard, Lucy Paton, Benedetta Rogers, and Anthony Staples, RIBA Boyd Auger Scholars 2015

How to apply

The next round of applications will open in April 2021. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • have successfully completed the first year of a RIBA-validated Part 1 course or with candidate course status in the UK or abroad, or
  • be enrolled, or have been granted a place of study, in a RIBA-validated Part 2 course or with candidate course status in the UK or abroad by the beginning of the period covered by the scholarship, or
  • have graduated from a RIBA-validated Part 1 or 2 course or with candidate course status in the UK or abroad within the past 5 years

Previous RIBA Boyd Auger Scholars


  • Stefanie Rhodes, Bo Tang and Shamoon Patwari: Art, Urbanism, Architecture: Cultural space-making in Bosnia (joint recipients)


Shared recipients:

  • Isona Shibata: International volunteer participation in Moroccan restoration efforts
  • Roderick Bow: Placement with Lacaton & Vassal, Paris
  • James Patterson Waterson: 12-month post Part 1 Professional Placement at Ove Arup & Partners in Shenzhen


  • John Killock: Is cohousing a suitable housing typology for an ageing population within the UK?


  • Jo Ashbridge: The role of earth architecture and construction within a disaster risk reduction framework for areas at risk of flooding across Bangladesh


  • Laura Minca: On the Move - an architectural model exploring transportable and improved living networks for Roma communities


  • Matthew Lucraft: Resurget Cineribus - the nascent revival of Detroit


  • Matthew Eberhard, Lucy Paton, Benedetta Rogers and Anthony Staples: Learning from Accra and the Global South (joint recipients)


  • Laura Evans: Portico and Patio - response to climate and tradition in Cuban Modernist architecture


  • Imogen Softley-Pierce: Adapt, Demolish, Rebuild - rapid transformation in Ho Chi Minh City


Shared recipients:

  • Marie Braithwaite: Fluid Urbanism
  • Luka Pajovic: In Pursuit of Venezianità: Uses and interpretations of the urban iconography of Venice in the maritime town of Perast, Montenegro (1420-1797)


  • Aida Rodriguez-Vega: The Village People Go West - an architectural analysis for the reuse, restoration, and adaptability of abandoned villages within depopulated areas of Western Europe for the promotion of rural retiree communities

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Gillian Harrison.

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