The 2012 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has launched and is inviting applications from RIBA-accredited schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which includes Lord Foster and Angela Brady, President of the RIBA.
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"
The deadline for submissions is Monday 26 March 2012.
Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the RIBA website www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship.
Notes for editors:
First established in 2006, the scholarship is now in its sixth 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. Past RIBA Norman Foster Scholars have travelled through the Americas, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle and the Far East, and Russia.
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.
Past recipients of the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship:
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
Application enquiries: Joanna Scott, RIBA +44 (0)20 7307 3678
Press enquiries: Howard Crosskey, RIBA +44 (0)20 7307 3761