London Metropolitan University student Tarn Philipp has won the ADAM Architecture travelling scholarship
Philipp, a third year student at the London university, plans to head to Ethiopia to study rock-hewn churches.
The churches in the Tigray province of Ethiopia are located on flat-topped mountains, in existing caves or on cliff facesa dns oe resemble a natural opening while others are intricately carved from the rock.
Philipp will study the craftsmanship of the church structures looking at their non-structural columns, brackets, arches and roof beams.
The £1,500 prize was judged by Kingston University tutor Jonathan Taylor, ceramicist David Birch, and Nigel Anderson and George Saumarez Smith of ADAM Architecture.
Commenting on Philipp’s research proposal, George Saumarez Smith, said: ‘We were very pleased to have had a record number of entries this year and our travel scholarship continues to attract a wide range of applications. We were particularly impressed with our four shortlisted entries but Tarn stood out as a worthy winner.’
Now in its tenth year, past winners of the scholarship have travelled to Valletta, Japan, Cuba, France, Belgium, and Rome.