The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has opened applications for the 2020 Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. Applications are welcomed from students around the world who are enrolled in, and have successfully completed, the first year of a professional qualification in architecture in one of the higher education institutions invited to participate.
’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 the privilege of the Norman Foster Foundation to support 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 topic of the research should relate to the sustainable survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:
• learning from the past to inform the future
• the future of society
• density of settlements
• use of resources
• quality of urban life
Each invited school can submit only 1 application for the scholarship from one of its students. Each school chooses its own method of selecting its student but the completed application form must be signed by the Head of School.
The application consists of:
• one completed application form signed by the student and the Head of School and • 1 x A1 poster presented as a pdf file detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). Applicants are restricted to 500 words on the poster submission, and images should be high-resolution.
Audio-visual supporting materials are welcome, and must be submitted as MP3 or MP4 files. Although limits to the length of these files are not imposed but it’s recommend a maximum duration of 2 minutes per file.
To check if your school is eligible, please have a look at the invited schools list available at www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship.
The judging process will take place in early June, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.
The judges will seek to award a student who demonstrates the potential for outstanding achievement and original thinking on issues relating to the survival and the future of our cities and towns.
Submissions will be judged by a panel comprising:
• Lord Foster
• Alan Jones, RIBA President
• One member of staff from the Norman Foster Foundation
• One judge invited by the Norman Foster Foundation
• One judge invited by the President of the RIBA
The travel should take place between July and October 2020.
No Entry Fee!There is no entry fee to participate!
Who can participate? ⇣
To be eligible for 2020 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, students must be enrolled in, and have successfully completed the first year of, a professional qualification in architecture in one of the schools of architecture invited to participate.