RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2017 launch

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Foster + Partners are inviting applications for the 2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship.

16 January 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Foster + Partners are inviting applications for the 2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship.

Schools of architecture around the world are invited to put one applicant forward (deadline of 28 April 2017). Entries will then be assessed by a panel of judges, including Lord Foster and RIBA President Jane Duncan.

The selected scholar will receive £7,000 (an increase from the previous award of £6,000) to travel anywhere in the world in order to pursue research on the subject of the future survival of our cities and communities.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“This scholarship provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with architecture outside of the academic context, and develop their own research interests and methods as part of a rewarding and enlightening experience. As we celebrate this scheme’s tenth anniversary, we remain deeply grateful to Lord Foster for his support of the future generation of architects, and are delighted with his generous decision to increase the funds awarded to this year’s recipient.”

Lord Foster said:

“As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe and to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation – liberating and exhilarating in so many ways. Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy – offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work – for generations to come.”

Further details can be found on the RIBA website www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship.


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact Callum Reilly callum.reilly@riba.org +44 (0)20 7307 3757
  2. If you are a student interested in applying please visit: www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship or email education.temp@riba.org
  3. First established in 2006, the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship is now in its tenth year and is intended to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of our towns and cities, in a location of the student’s choice. Proposals for research might include: learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; the density of settlements; sustainability; the use of resources; the quality of urban life; and transport.
  4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. www.architecture.com

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  5. Past recipients of the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship:
  • 2016: ‘Weaving the Urban Fabric: Examining the Significance of Community’ by Abel Feleke of University of Western Australia, which explored how a strong sense of community binds informal settlements.
  • 2015: ‘Cycling Megacities’ by Charles Palmer of Sheffield University School of Architecture, which explored how policies, investments and campaigns are transforming urban public space in a bid to make the bicycle a transportation option for all social classes.
  • 2014: ‘Buffer Landscapes 2060’ by Joe Paxton of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London, which investigated some of the measures taken to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as reservoirs, artificial lakes and rivers – and the opportunities that these landscapes offer for habitation, as well as flood protection.
  • 2013: ‘Charles Booth Going Abroad’ by Sigita Burbulyte of Bath School of Architecture, which takes the poverty maps of Victorian social reformer Charles Booth as the starting point for an exploration of slum communities across four continents.
  • 2012: ‘Material Economies: recycling practices in informal settlements along African longitude 30ºE’ by Thomas Aquilina, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, part of the University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2011: ‘Sanitation’ by Sahil Deshpande, Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai, India.
  • 2010: ‘In Search of Cold Spaces – a study of northern public space’ by Andrew Mackintosh, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.
  • 2009: ‘Ancestral Cities, Ancestral Sustainability’ by Amanda Rivera, University de Bio Bio, Chile.
  • 2008: ‘The Role of Public Transport in Shaping Sustainable Humane Habitats: Case Studies Across Three Continents’ by Faizan Jawed Siddiqi, Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai, India.
  • 2007: ‘Emerging East: Exploring and Experiencing the Asian Communist City’ by Ben Masterton-Smith, UCL, London, UK.

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