RIBA awards record amount of financial support to architecture students

This year marked the highest number of Part 1 and Part 2 students awarded bursaries and scholarships totalling £213,000.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the 37 recipients of five 2022 bursary and scholarship schemes – the RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Bursaries, RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships, RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries, and RIBA Goldfinger Bursary. The unprecedented financial support benefitting talented and deserving students was made possible by the generosity of donors to the RIBA. 

RIBA President Simon Allford said: 

“The financial challenges facing students of architecture have never been greater, exacerbated by the current cost of living crisis and the hidden costs of architectural education. Funding schemes such as these provide a vital lifeline to students, releasing them from some of the financial pressure and allowing them to both focus on their studies and to enjoy their life outside of academe. 

I thank all our donors – Joanna Lewinski, the Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Donald and Nancy Notley, Margot Auger, the Wren Insurance Association, and the families of Ernö Goldfinger, Kenneth Mark and John and David Hubert – for their immense generosity which has allowed the RIBA to award a record number of bursaries and scholarships to students to help ease their financial burden.” 

The 26 recipients of the 2022 RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Bursaries are: 

RIBA Part 1 Bursaries 

  • Nehla Abdul Majeed - University of Westminster  
  • Shabina Ahmed - De Montfort University  
  • Ultima Alif Jahan - Kingston University  
  • Eleanor Benayoun - Cardiff University  
  • Md Tanjir Chowdhury Anik - University of East London  
  • Norah Dankwah - Central Saint Martins, UAL (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • Kenneth Dhillon - Cardiff University  
  • Zelal Edis - Loughborough University  
  • Lewis Johnson - University of Dundee (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • India Marsh - Manchester School of Architecture (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • Elianne Pekoulis David - University of Brighton  
  • Busenur Simon - Manchester School of Architecture

More information about the RIBA Part 1 Bursaries   

From left to right starting with top row: Nehla Abdul Majeed, Zelal Edis, Norah Dankwah, India Marsh, Kenneth Dhillon, Lewis Johnson, Ultima Alif Jahan, Shabina Ahmed, Md Tanjir Chodhury Anik, Busenur Simon, Elianne Pekoulis David, Eleanor Benayoun.

RIBA Part 2 Bursaries 

  • Olamide Adeyemi - University of Cambridge (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • Oluwatobi Ajiwe - Royal College of Art (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Francesca Brown - De Montfort University (Notley bursary) 
  • Billy Cameron - University of Greenwich (Kenneth Mark Bursary) 
  • Lewis Endersby - University of Sheffield (Boyd Auger bursary) 
  • Mara Fetche – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Joseph Franklin - Kingston University (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Edwin Maliakkal - Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Qamelliah Nassir - Royal College of Art (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • Manal Omar - University of Greenwich (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Melissa Parsons - University of Cambridge (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Oliver Porteous-Williams - University of Bath (Rosenberg bursary) 
  • Thomas Richardson - Central Saint Martins, UAL (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 
  • Daniel Stokes – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (Joanna Lewinski bursary) 

More information about the RIBA Part 2 Bursaries 

From left to right starting with top row: Edwin Maliakkal, Francesca Brown, Daniel Stokes, Billy Cameron, Melissa Parsons, Olamide Adeyemi, Manal Omar, Mara Fetche, Lewis Endersby, Joseph Franklin, Qamelliah Nassir, Thomas Richardson, Oluwatobi Ajiwe, Oliver Porteous-Williams.

RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships 

The 5 recipients of the 2022 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship are:

  • Sarah Daoudi – University of Westminster 
  • Oluwademilade Oyeyinka - Architectural Association 
  • Chloe Shang - Royal College of Art 
  • Rebecca Smith - RIBA Studio 
  • Gabriella Watkins - University of Cambridge 

Chairman of The Wren Insurance Association Ltd, Chris Bennie, said: 

“It is our privilege to be able to provide the Wren scholarships to help nurture the talent that is the future of our profession, both in the awards themselves and through the mentoring programme offered by our Member firms. This year the judging panel were once again left in awe of the ability and the passion of the applicants and took delight in the diversity of their backgrounds and chosen areas of study. We congratulate all the applicants on the quality of their work and wish them continuing success this year.” 

More information about the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships 

From left to right starting with top row: Sarah Daoudi, Rebecca Smith, Chloe Shang, Oluwademilade Oyeyinka, Gabriella Watkins

RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries 

The 5 recipients of the 2022 RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries are: 

  • Mohammed Alshami – Architectural Association 
  • Veronika Khasapova – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 
  • Toluwalope Oyesanya - Ravensbourne University 
  • Kateryna Pakhomova – Architectural Association 
  • Mohammad Sabbagh – The Glasgow School of Art 

More information about the RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries 

RIBA Goldfinger Bursary 

The recipient of the 2022 RIBA Goldfinger Bursary is: 

  • Saarah Hosseinian - University of Westminster 

 Representing the family of Ernö Goldfinger, Pippa Goldfinger said: 

Saarah Hosseinian impressed the panel with her excellent portfolio but also with her passion and commitment to architecture and the wider benefits to society that it can bring. I wish her the best of luck in her studies and her future career. 

More information about the RIBA Goldfinger Bursary 

2022 RIBA Goldfinger Bursary recipient, far right: Saarah Hosseinian RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries recipients from left to right starting with top row: Kateryna Pakhomova, Veronika Khasapova, Toluwalope Oyesanya, Mohammed Alshami, Mohammad Sabbagh.

ENDS 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Media contact: Ryan.Johnston@riba.org 
  2. Download headshots of the 2022 recipients here 
  3. The assessment panel for the RIBA Part 1 Bursary panel included: Stephen Drew - RIBA Council member - Associate (2021-22); Charles Palmer – Director, Incremental Urbanism (members of the RIBA Education Development Group); Cith Skelcher - Joint Director of MArch, Sheffield School of Architecture; Pippa Goldfinger - Head of Design, Design West (representing the donor).
  4. The assessment panel for the RIBA Part 2 Bursary panel included: Richard Aina - Architectural Assistant, Timothy Hatton Architects; Maryam Al-Irhayim - Vice president for Students & Associates, RIBA Council; Simeon Shtebunaev - Doctoral researcher, Birmingham City University (members of the RIBA Education Development Group).
  5. The 2022 judging panel included: Albena Atanassova (Chair) - Project Director, Scott Brownrigg; Victoria Simpson - Partner, DLG Architects; Samuel Coulton - Designer at SWEAR Studio & Block9 (members of the RIBA Education Development Group); Tim Bowder-Ridger - Principle, Conran and Partners; Chris Fellner - Director, Haworth Tompkins; Roger Watts – Director, Haworth Tompkins; Victoria Whenray - Partner, Conran and Partners.
  6. The assessment panel included: Dr Jenny Russell - RIBA Director of Education; Lou-Elena Bouey - Young Scholar, Resilience Alliance.
  7. This bursary was also assessed by the RIBA Part 1 Bursary assessment panel (see members above in point 4.)
  8. The RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Bursaries support students of architecture with £6,000 throughout two years of study; the second and third years of a Part 1, and the full two years of a Part 2. The RIBA Part 1 Bursaries were launched in 2018, and support talented students enrolled in Part 1 courses who would benefit from financial assistance in order to complete this stage of study. The RIBA Part 2 Bursaries were instigated in 2014, to address student dropout rates by encouraging Part 1 graduates to continue onto their Part 2 courses and progress towards qualification. In 2022, the RIBA has been able to increase the total number of Part 1 and Part 2 Bursaries thanks to generous donations made by Joanna Lewinski, the Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Donald and Nancy Notley, Margot Auger, and the family of Kenneth Mark. This is together with funds that have been provided over the years by the Walter Parker Trust, and further generous donations received through the RIBA Education Fund. The RIBA depends on the generosity of its donors to fund these bursaries and continues to actively seek further funding to enable it to continue to offer support to students. To date, the RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Bursaries have supported 98 students. 
  9. The RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships were established in March 2013 following a donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited, an architects’ professional indemnity mutual that comprises 70 of the UK’s leading architectural practices. The scholarships support outstanding RIBA Part 2 students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture. Recipients receive £6,000 each for the last year of their Part 2 course, and the opportunity to be mentored by an architect Member of the Wren Insurance Association. To date, the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships have supported 50 Part 2 students. 
  10. Established in 2022, the RIBA John and David Hubert Bursaries provide financial support to students enrolled in a RIBA Part 1 or RIBA Part 2 course in the UK, who are in situations of forced displacement. The bursary intends to assist, first and foremost, architecture students who have been forcibly displaced, and with any of the following immigration statuses: Asylum seeker; Refugee; Humanitarian protection; Limited Leave to Remain; Discretionary Leave to Remain; Indefinite Leave to Remain; Section 67 Leave; Calais Leave. As well as meeting the above criteria, applicants are assessed on their demonstration of financial need and commitment to their studies. Successful applicants receive £3,000 per academic year for the remainder of their Part 1 or Part 2 course. Bursaries are allocated from the RIBA John and David Hubert Fund. 
  11. Established in 2022, the RIBA Goldfinger Bursary has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the family of Ernö Goldfinger. As part of the RIBA Part 1 Bursary offer, the RIBA Goldfinger Bursary follows the same selection criteria and offers the same support as the Part 1 Bursary but prioritises applicants with a background currently underrepresented in the architectural profession. Applicants identifying with, and demonstrating, one or more of the following backgrounds are prioritised for consideration for the RIBA Goldfinger Bursary: an underrepresented racialised group (this would be any applicant from a non-white background, including traveller and gypsy communities); a socio-economically disadvantaged household; being the first in their family to attend university. 

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