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Affordable schools project for Mumbai wins 2012 McAslan bursary

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Architect Nicola Antaki has won the 2012 RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary for her project designing affordable schools for Mumbai

The £7,500 prize, supported by John McAslan + Partners, is given to support environmental and community projects in the UK and abroad.

Antaki’s ‘Healthier Learning Spaces for Municipal Schools in Mumbai’ project focusses on creating affordable and reproducible full scale prototypes for schools in Mumbai.

The Oxford Brookes and Royal College of Art graduate will start by designing a new roof garden for Lovegrove School in Mumbai.

The project is part of a bid to convince local government in India that small-scale investments in school environments can improve student health, attendance and attainment.

Antaki said: ‘The RIBA ICE McAslan bursary will offer an invaluable opportunity to make this live design-led research project happen. The school’s pupils, staff, families and I are all looking forward to the year ahead.’

John McAslan of John McAslan + Partners described the 35 submissions to this year’s award as ‘very impressive’.

He said Antaki’s proposal stood out ‘due to its breadth of vision and ingenuity’ and for ‘tackling important social, cultural and environmental issues in a major global city.’

He added: ‘As in previous years, the practice will offer close mentoring support to the project team and looks forward to seeing this significant project take shape.’

Since February 2011, Antaki has been working on a research project in the Indian city, looking at how architecture can affect learning outcomes in primary school children. She started a PhD course on the subject this year.


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