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Enter the AJ/RPS Urban Design Scholarships programme

Design for London (DfL) has urged AJ readers to ‘get stuck in, get their shoes dirty’ and apply for an Urban Design Scholarship.

Created in partnership with the AJ and multi-disciplinary consultancy RPS Group, the scholarships with DfL – which could last up to six months – will offer three people the chance to originate their own piece of urban design for London or work with the Mayor’s design agency to develop an existing one.

Mark Brearley, assistant director at DfL, said the competition was a chance for architects to ‘learn by doing’.

He said: ‘Our cities will get better and better if good designers get stuck in to the messy and wonderful world of steering change and making plans, so seize this opportunity.’

Each winner will receive up to £6,000, and will pen a monthly blog on the AJ’s website. They will also join an expert panel of speakers for the AJ/RPS Urban Design Symposium at the RIBA on 9 July. At the end of the scholarship, their projects will be published in the AJ and exhibited in a London gallery.

AJ editor Kieran Long said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for you to develop your career by improving your understanding of how cities get made; having your work published in the AJ; attending DfL briefings with Richard Rogers and other key figures; and making an impression on influential decision-makers. We think this scheme goes some way to addressing a key problem in British cities – the lack of really inspired design on an urban scale.’

The jury will include DfL’s Mark Brearley; AJ editor Kieran Long; Colin Bloch, a director of RPS Group; Peter Davidson, a director of Lab Architecture; and Robert Tavernor, director of the Cities programme at the London School of Economics.

To register your interest and download the entry requirements visit The deadline for entries is 4 June.

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