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Travel fellowship set up in memory of writer Giles Worsley

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A new travel fellowship has been established in memory of the architectural critic and historian Giles Worsley, who died of cancer last year at the age of 44.

The Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship will address one of Worsley's chief concerns, that architectural history is being taught less broadly, and will send a newly-qualified architect or architectural historian to the British School at Rome.

The fellowship will be administered by the RIBA, which is calling for applications to be judged by a panel consisting of an RIBA and a British School representative.

Each year the fellow will give a public presentation on return from their three-month stay in Rome. The intention is for the fellowship to endure long-term, and to allow Worsley's three young daughters to attend the presentations when they are older.

Worsley forged a glittering career as an architectural writer. As well as editing Country Life magazine, he wrote for the Daily Telegraph and produced a number of books - the most significant being Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age, which was heralded by the Guardian as 'an audacious work for such a young author'.

The fellowship will be advertised each year by the RIBA, the Georgian Group, the Daily Telegraph, and Country Life.

The aim is to raise an endowment of £200,000, which will allow the fellowship to continue indefinitely.

by Richard Vaughan

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