RIBA announce bursary winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced (5th February) the winners of the 2016/17 RIBA Part 2 bursary scheme, supporting students of architecture looking to embark on an RIBA-validated Part 2 course within the UK. The scheme is RIBA’s most generous award made to students in financial need.

Five bursaries of £6,000 are available to support five Part 2 students for the academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18. Successful students receive £1,000 a term throughout their Part 2 course (for up to a maximum of six terms).

The winners are:

  • Samuel Coulton (Part 1 completed at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London)
  • Hollie Muir (Part 1 completed at University of Central Lancashire)
  • Oliver Riviere (Part 1 completed at University of Brighton)
  • Jake Woods (Part 1 completed at Leeds Metropolitan University)
  • Aleksandra Zenfa (Part 1 completed at Plymouth University)

The bursaries aim to support students experiencing financial hardship who otherwise may not continue with their architectural studies. They have been made possible by the W J Parker Trust, funded by the bequest of Walter J Parker, who left a legacy to support students experiencing financial hardship to enter the architectural profession.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“This scheme is so important to the diversity of the profession. Created as a response to students dropping out between Part 1 and Part 2 for financial reasons, I am proud that the RIBA Part 2 Bursaries go some way to assisting these five students continue their studies. The costs of studying architecture in the UK are high, and these bursaries will help to mitigate some of this expenditure.”

Andy Beard, Chair of the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee, said:

“The judging panel were pleased to receive a large number of excellent applications from students who demonstrated that they would experience severe financial hardship during their Part 2 courses. The selection process was rigorous and challenging, but we are delighted to be able to provide bursaries to five students who we are confident will be very successful on their courses.”

More information can be found at www.architecture.com/Part2Bursaries