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Floods quango offers cash boost for RIBA McAslan Bursary

The Environment Agency has pledged £10,000 to fund the RIBA McAslan Bursary for the next year

The nine-year-old programme supporting environmental or community-related projects will now reopen for entries next Spring.

The funding announcement comes four months after the Environment Agency was criticised for its handling of this year’s unprecedented flooding which saw 5,000 homes under water.

The prize scheme is open to architecture and engineering students, graduates and newly qualified architects and engineers.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to projects which improve communities’ physical environments and help tackle climate change problems.

Previous recipients include architect Nicola Antaki who won the bursary in 2012 for her project designing affordable schools for Mumbai.

Environment Agency chair Chris Smith said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this initiative to encourage students and newly qualified technical professionals to design sustainable solutions for the benefit of society and the environment.

He continued: ‘We face huge challenges from a changing climate and this bursary provides support to the next generation of young architects and engineers to develop innovative solutions for the future.’

RIBA president Stephen Hodder added: ‘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.’

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