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Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship opens for entries

The RIBA has launched its annual student travel award

The prize fund, which is sponsored by Norman Foster and is now in its eighth year, awards a student of architecture from an RIBA-accredited school with a £6,000 grant towards international research.

Students are free to choose the location of their research but it must be on a topic related to the survival of towns or cities. Past RIBA Norman Foster scholars have travelled through America, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Commenting on the award, Foster said: ‘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 my privilege to fund 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.’

A panel of judges including Foster and RIBA president Stephen Hodder will decide the award.

The deadline for submissions is 25 April.

Last year the award was won by Sigita Burbulyte of Bath School of Architecture, who took the poverty maps of Victorian social reformer Charles Booth as the starting point for an exploration of slum communities across four continents.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the RIBA website.

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