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Andrew Wright scoops £75k for research in NESTA handout

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The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is to award fellowships worth more than £146,000 to two British architects to help finance projects in urban regeneration and environmentally friendly architecture. The pair will receive their awards on 3 July.

Andrew Wright, who runs Andrew Wright Associates, will receive £75,000 spread over 30 months for research on new approaches to sustainable architecture and design in the UK and across Europe.

Wright, an adviser on the government's urban task force and last year's Young Architect of the Year, outlined how the money will be spent. 'The main focus is on integrated design in architecture and design, ' he said. 'There are a host of disciplines, including geologists, sociologists and environmentalists, which are rarely integrated in architecture. If we can pool this expertise then we can go beyond what has been achieved to date. It will be wonderful to be more familiar with the efficient politics and planning systems of countries such as Holland and bring that expertise to the UK.'

Self-employed Pauline Gallacher, based in Glasgow, plans to use her £71,220 grant researching building and education schemes, especially public space projects, in the UK and abroad.

NESTA's award, to be paid over three years, recognises Gallacher's efforts towards fostering mass-participation in architecture and planning in her home city. 'Better quality of public participation comes from increased education and awareness, ' said Gallacher. 'The focus of my work will be honouring the experiences of ordinary people and encouraging better understanding of their environment.'

NESTA is pledging a third award, worth £40,000, to design engineer Richard Harrison, head of Box Consultants, to subsidise the launch of multi-media panelling enabling static or moving images to be projected onto walls, ceilings and floors.

NESTA, established in 1988, uses interest from a £200 million endowment to promote innovation in science, technology and the arts (AJ 14.6.01).

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