Fears that a cash shortage would stop architects taking up scholarships at the British School at Rome have been allayed, following a joint initiative by the school and the riba. The result is the riba Rome Scholarship in Architecture and Urbanism, open to architects and students at any stage in their post-diploma career, and equivalents from associated disciplines. The award will allow one scholar each year to spend between three and nine months at the school, pursing projects, studies or design philosophy.
British School director Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said: 'Architects have always been key players in the life of the school, and this new scholarship will make sure that Rome contributes to new thinking in architecture and urbanism for the new millennium.'
The new award is the result of months of work by former Rome scholars Bob Allies and Robert Adam, with both the school and riba education director Chris Colbourne. This follows the setting up of a South African Scholarship in architecture, and creation of the Geoffrey Jellicoe Scholarship in landscape architecture at the school, which is located in a Lutyens building in the centre of the city.