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RCA student scoops £5,000 RIBA scholarship

Royal College of Arts student Joseph Deane has landed the third Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stephen Williams Scholarship worth £5,000

The scholarship is named in memory of Stephen James Williams, a past director of Aedas and provides a scholarship of £5,000 to support one student enrolled in a Masters degree or the final year of a Part 2 programme in Architecture (for a period of 12 months) in a School of Architecture validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the UK or abroad.

The award also enables the chosen student to benefit from mentoring by a senior practitioner at Aedas, which will provide a valuable source of professional guidance until they complete their studies.

The grant will help Deane complete his MA in architecture.

John-Paul Nunes, head of education projects at the RIBA, said: ‘We warmly congratulate Joseph Deane upon receiving this scholarship.

‘His excellent application clearly demonstrates his talent and creative ability, but like many other students, a serious financial need.

‘We have no doubt that this scholarship will be a great benefit to him in his final year. Given the current financial difficulties facing thousands of architecture students, such vital support from the profession is greatly welcomed.

‘The RIBA would like to thank Aedas for their generosity and strong commitment to architectural education, which has enabled deserving students to complete their studies.’

Aedas creative director David Simister, said: ‘Aedas is pleased to be a part of the RIBA Stephen Williams Scholarship and we were impressed with the calibre of entries submitted this year.

‘This initiative reinforces the practice’s ethos to foster young design talent and we are pleased to present Joseph Deane with the award for his work which uniquely demonstrates an interest in the broad aspects of design and presentation with a fascination for detail and construction.’

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