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Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship opens for entries

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The RIBA has launched its annual hunt for entrants to the Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Now in its ninth year, the prize fund judged by Foster himself, is given to an architecture student from an RIBA-accredited school in the form of a £6,000 grant towards international research.

Students are free to choose the location of their research but it must be on a topic related to the survival of towns or cities. Past RIBA Norman Foster scholars have travelled through America, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Foster said: ‘As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe and to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation – liberating and exhilarating in so many ways. Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy – offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work – for generations to come.’

RIBA president Stephen Hodder added: ‘I urge our RIBA student members to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity provided by Lord Foster. The scholarship has been a vehicle for some remarkable pieces of work and I’m looking forward to reviewing the submissions.’

Last year the award was picked up by Bartlett student Joe Paxton for his proposal ‘Buffer Landscapes 2060’ exploring how reservoirs, artificial lakes and rivers can be used to help mitigate the threats of climate change. He travelled to a variety of locations including Kamerik Polder in the Netherlands to Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, as well as investigating ‘glacier grafting’ in the Himalayas and large-scale flood planning in New York.

The deadline for submissions is 24 April 2015.

Further infomation on the scholarship can be found, here.

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