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Belfast student picks up RIBA AHR scholarship

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Jonathan Connerney, a student at Queen’s University in Belfast has picked up the 2015 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship

Connorney, who is currently working at the Foster + Partners and is set to begin his Part 2 studies in September, will receive a £5,000 grant and mentoring from AHR.

The scholarship, started in memory of past Aedas director Stephen Williams and now in its seventh year, was judged by AHR’s Brian Johnson and David Simister, RIBA president Stephen Hodder, Albena Atanassova of the RIBA Education Committee, Caroline Gould from the Education Trust Funds Committee, and Nick and Landyn Williams, representing Williams’ family.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder, said: ‘The overall quality of applications to the 2015 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship should be commended. It was encouraging to see that all applications considered the role of the architect in the wider context of the society in which they were working. Jonathan’s application stood out as his strong academic track record, alongside a very sophisticated portfolio, illustrated mature and sensitive exploration of projects and a high level of drawing skills.

‘I am delighted that we are able to support him in his Part 2 studies through the generosity of AHR.’

Director of AHR, Brian Johnson, added: ‘Jonathan becomes the eighth recipient of RIBA AHR Stephen Williams scholarship, with a total of £40,000 being awarded by AHR to support the education of young architects in the UK since we started the scheme.  With a very high number of entries and an extremely high standard of submission the judging panel certainly had their work cut out this year. My thanks go to them for their valuable contribution, insight and tenacity. Jonathan emerged as a very worthy winner with an outstanding submission. We believe that Jonathan will benefit substantially from the scholarship and that he has a very bright future in the architectural profession.’

Last year the prize went to Chloe Anderson of London Metropolitan University, and previous winners have included students from Oxford Brookes University, Sheffield University, the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and Glasgow School of Art.

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