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AJ/Hoare Lea student bursary finalists announced

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The AJ can reveal the five finalists in the running for the AJ/Hoare Lea £2,000 student bursary

The eclectic mix of schemes shortlisted comprises: a floating capsule prototype on the River Clyde; a proposal to harness the wind force from motorway traffic; the application of thermochromic elements in architecture; symbiotic growing systems in a futuristic Hull of 2050; and reservoir towns on the lower Thames.

The bursary is intended to support a design or idea by a Part 2 or Part 3 student, which will then be developed alongside an engineer from Hoare Lea over a four-month period, and will be published in the AJ.

The winners will be announced at an evening event at Hoare Lea’s London offices on 23 February – where previous winner Joanne Preston will be talking about her project and how the bursary helped her. The Bartlett student scooped the bursary with her concept for an extruded clay tile that behaves as a solar chimney. 

Commenting on the bursary, a spokesperson from Hoare Lea said: ’We are pleased to be able to offer the student bursary. It gives us a great opportunity to work with young architects, using our engineering experience to help them to deliver their innovative projects.’

The five finalists

Bruce Buckland, Buckland Architecture

Reservoir Towns: constructing floating settlements on a number of off-stream reservoirs to the west of London

Samuel Kapasa, Group Ginger Architects

Motorway Wind Generator: a scheme to harness the powerful wind force caused by daily traffic within our motorways

Andreas Koerner, UberRaum Architects / Oxford Brookes University

Exploring the application of thermochromic elements in architecture in Istanbul

Ka Hong Kevin Lo, University of Sheffield

Farmpark: researching the possibilities of re-appropriating underused existing buildings and empty roof tops into elevated food growing spaces in Hull

Yee Pei Lye, BDP

PAC-POD: envisioning a floating capsule prototype on the River Clyde

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