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Deadline extended: Hoare Lea and AJ £2k student bursary

There’s still time to get support for your ideas with the AJ Hoare Lea Part 2 research bursary - deadline extended to 22 June

The AJ and Hoare Lea are offering a research bursary of £2,000 for a Part 2 student of architecture to support a design or idea which would be developed alongside an engineer from Hoare Lea.

Do you have an idea for a new tidal power scheme, the future of transportation, or innovative office lighting?

Or perhaps you have a solution to sustainable city planning or a radical architectural design up your sleeve that you’re struggling to work out the technical detail for?

Maybe you want to carry out post-occupancy research to inform a design idea but need funding to make this happen.

The topic of the project is open but engineering advice could be provided on mechanical and electrical engineering, acoustics, audio-visual design, lighting design, sustainability, fire engineering, vertical transportation, operational engineering and post-occupancy, security design, and intelligent building design.

Commenting on the bursary a spokesperson from Hoare Lea said: ‘At Hoare Lea innovative thinking has always been a key driver behind the success of what we do. This spans as far back as 1882 when Henry Lea supervised one of the first electrical lighting systems installed in a public building at Birmingham Town Hall, to present day designing bespoke acoustic reflector panels that do not detract from the architecture and which were installed during the recent refurbishment of the same building.

‘As a successful and growing firm with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and projects, collaborative as well as innovative working is becoming increasingly important to us, so we embrace the opportunity to bring in external perspectives.

‘Through our continued support of the AJ, we are delighted to be involved in the bursary scheme, giving us the chance to share our knowledge with the successful student and for us hear some fresh ideas.’

The winner of the bursary will have four months - from July to October - to work up their design with input from Hoare Lea’s engineer. Upon completion of the research, the recipient will be invited to present the outcomes to an audience at Hoare Lea in London which will be run as part of the AJ Women in Architecture Programme.

Entrants will need to submit 1 x A3 board describing what the project is, what the money will be used for, and how you would collaborate with the engineer to develop your idea.

A shortlist will be drawn up and the finalists will be invited to present their project proposals in front of a judging panel made up of engineers, architects and members of the AJ editorial team.

The deadline for entries is 22 June. Finalists must be able to attend a judging presentation on 1 July.

The AJ Hoare Lea Bursary is part of the AJ Women in Architecture Programme.

Entry guidelines

Applicants must be enrolled on a Part 2 architecture course or on their Part 2 year out.

Entrants should submit one A3 board which clearly shows the following:

  • What the project is
  • What the bursary funding will be used for
  • How the applicant would collaborate with an engineer to develop the project

PDFs should be no larger than 10MB and should be submitted to womeninarchitecture@emap.com by 15 June.

Finalists must be able to attend a judging presentation on 1 July.

The winning entrant must be available to carry out the project between July and October 2015.

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