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ICE announces backing for RIBA bursary scheme

The ICE has announced that it will continue as a partner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) McAslan Bursary, which supports engineering students, graduates and newly qualified architects and engineers, and promotes excellence in architecture and design for the benefit of communities and the environment.

The backing came as RIBA and John McAslan & Partners announced that the initiative will continue. The bursary will be funded with £10,000 from the Environment Agency, and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has agreed to act as an advisor to the scheme.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support their project. Projects will be expected to demonstrate progress towards a sustainable solution that improves the physical environment for communities, as well as tackling challenges posed by climate change. The 2015 bursary scheme will be launched next spring.
“The RIBA McAslan Bursary provides students, graduates, newly qualified architects and newly qualified civil engineers with the opportunity to develop their abilities in research and design,” said ICE President Geoff French.

“This year’s brief requires applicants to consider how the built environment can be made resilient to the effects of climate change. The ICE is honoured to support the bursary once again, and is actively encouraging student and graduate members to consider applying.”

RIBA president Stephen Hodder added: “I’m delighted that RIBA, the Environment Agency and John McAslan & Partners are joining forces to create this wonderful bursary.

“The winning team or individual will have the chance to create a unique project, while working alongside one of our leading architectural practices. I urge our students on RIBA-validated courses and recent graduates to start thinking about their applications ahead of the official launch next year.”

John McAslan & Partners chairman John McAslan added: “We look forward to receiving submissions from architecture and engineering students and recent graduates, for whom the bursary offers an excellent opportunity to explore and develop their talents and interests.

“This is essentially a collaborative process and the aspiration is that our knowledge and experience will help support the realisation of the winning project.”

  • Interested applicants can find more information about previous award winners at www.architecture.com/mcaslanbursary

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