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Iran beckons for ADAM’s Travel Scholarship winner

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Student Sam Little has won the ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship and will head to Iran next year

Sam Little has been awarded the ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship 2016. He will travel to Iran at the beginning of next year to study a number of the Seljuk towers and minarets in its central provinces.

Little, who is studying at The Royal Drawing School and works at Casswell Bank Architects, completed his Part 1 at John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University.

The minarets were built by the Seljuk Empire in the 11th and 12th Centuries AD and marked key points along the ancient Silk Road. This network of trade routes connected the east and west from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Little will investigate the design of the towers, as well as the use of brickwork and method of construction.

Robbie Kerr, director at Adam Architecture, said: ‘We were particularly impressed with our five shortlisted entries but Sam stood out as a worthy winner with a very interesting research topic.’

Kerr was himself awarded the scholarship in 2008, while studying at Edinburgh University, and visited Cuba.

He added: ‘The Travel Scholarship has a proven track record of supporting students to pursue an interest, often outside of their studies, and in many cases their research has had a major influence on their career choices.’

Little was selected after interviews with the judges including Jonathan Taylor, a co-partner at Smith & Taylor.

Last year, Tarn Philipp, another London Metropolitan University student, won the travel scholarship and went to Ethiopia. 

The ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship is now in its 11th year. Past recipients have travelled to Italy, Belgium, Japan and France. 

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