The 2011 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Sahil Bipin Deshpande the second student from Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai to win the prize in the history of the scholarship. His proposal, Sanitation: a case study across eight metropolises, will take him to Delhi, Shanghai, Beijing, Oslo, Paris, Belfast, Kumasi and Johannesburg, where he plans to develop a sustainable manifesto for sanitation with applications for Mumbai.
A total of 39 RIBA-accredited schools put forward candidates a record number of applications to the scheme since its inception in 2006. The jury was led by Lord Foster, and included RIBA President, Ruth Reed; Rowan Moore, writer and critic; Spencer de Grey, Head of Design at Foster + Partners; Stephen Hodder, Chairman of Hodder + Partners; and Roger Risdill Smith, a senior partner at Foster + Partners.
The jury also highly commended a proposal by Stuart Taylor of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand: Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in the Pacific Rim.